Today on Weekend Colour Inspiration we have something a little different for you. Usually we have an inspirational image, scheme or colour combination that can be used and interpreted in your own way, regardless of what sort of space you have, but today, we are looking at a product that can bring a real smattering of colour – in a completely customisable way. The coloured fairy light sets from fellow Brightonian company Cable and Cotton are just fantastic. They are bright, you can be creative with combinations and they are made ethically by craftswomen in Thailand. Three ticks.
Available in different lengths (20, 32, or 50 lights), Cable and Cotton also offer two different versions of their lights – a pick your own, where you can choose your own combination from the 47 different round, handmade cotton shades, or one of 13 pre-selected colour sets – chosen by the team at Cable and Cotton in complimentary colours.
We plumped for the Mojito (no judging please, but it is Friday…), which is a gorgeous mix of Oatmeal, Ivory and Pale Grey with a bright injection of Turquoise and Anais Green – a lovely combination of some of our favourite colours.
The lights were very well packaged and very simple to put together – just simply tease open the cut slot in each of the handmade cotton balls and push in a fairy light. A small rubber grommet holds the light in place and within minutes we had the string completed in the studio.
Well, we say minutes, but of course, this was only the first combination of colours. As the cotton balls can be placed wherever you like on the string, we went though a few iterations until we plumped on the final sequence. Which we changed again when we put it up…
The cable on the Cable and Cotton lights was plenty long enough to wind happily around our old antlers, and being transparent, blended into the pale wall quite well. The colours also picked up the colours in both paintings that sit around the antlers, which worked perfectly.
But as well as creating a delightful bauble style effect when switched off, the lights really come into their own when they are switched on at night.
The antlers were transformed into a festooned centrepiece for the studio – bright and cheery in the dark stairwell. They were fun and made us smile.
And this is the lovely thing about the lights from Cable and Cotton – they are fun. Choose your colours (warning – this could take a while), or choose one of the brilliant colour sets to suit your own style, stick up up somewhere obvious and have a smile.
We put ours on the stairs, but what about a hallway or entranceway? In a nursery? Around a room for a party or event… there are as many possibilities as there are colour combinations available. Plus, you can swap the coloured cotton balls about a bit, as you can also buy replacements, in sets of 5…
So, as the Cable and Cotton box says, Get Creative.
(photos by claire potter, lights courtesy of Cable and Cotton)