Cayman inspiration: colourful kiting

So I’ve recently taken up kitesurfing here in Cayman and am totally kicking myself for not doing it 2 years ago (Alistair:  ‘I told you so’ – yep, you did…).  It’s bloody brilliant and I haven’t even started the board work yet, I can’t wait to start whizzing. 

Anyway so for my lessons this week I’ve been using a bright red kite and keep getting completely distracted by what a fanstastic colour combo it is wth the bright turquoise of the sky behind it (‘Elly, FOCUS ON THE KITE’ keeps ringing throught my earpiece as I’m pondering turquoise accent furnishings while the kite plunges into the ocean…oops).  Looks a little like this, except much more incompetent:

(credit: 20 Days)

Anyhoo, so I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve always had an innate aversion to the combination of le blue and le red, but given my level of distraction I thought I’d give it another chance.  And it turns out it can actually provide a fantastic colour jolt or more of a soft pastelly accent.

LOVE it here combined with graphic stripes: 

Or how about a vintage-style kitchen?

My eyes are popping out of my head…

Also gorgeous in other contexts, no?

Couple of fabulous poppy red accents:

Or introduce a softer colour for a more peaceful scheme:

And I’m loving this festive take on the palette!

(credits: Pinterest, Apartment Therapy, Elle, House Beautiful, Design*Sponge)

So what do you think friends??

6 comments

    • Elly Hails says:

      Yeh, it’s a fine line between cute and crap, right?! I agree re: the coral – think it looks best with a turquoise or even a slightly lighter aqua blue/green. Or a much darker navy/grey. Hmm, that’s an interesting idea, maybe that combo can be next!

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