Choosing Your Padoo

Choosing Your Padoo

Whether you opt for a pop of colour or something more neutral, there’ll be a Padoo that suits your home. Either way, take your time choosing the colour of your Padoo, as it will be used day after day by your children, and regularly reassembled as a stylish and minimal chair or sofa. So, because colour is important to us all, and indeed can influence our moods and our behaviour, we’ve put together some information to help you choose your Padoo. In addition, we've set-up our refundable swatch service so you can sample our fantastic fabrics in the flesh...


The Deep Sea Padoo

Stylish, traditional, and like its lighter cousins, calming for the mind and body. Dark blue is perceived by many as a colour of reliability and tradition, which is why it is often the colour most preferred by men, but loved by all.

In furniture, dark blue is an excellent alternative to black as it can have the same dramatic impact without ever looking gloomy. But because dark shades absorb the light, consider pairing them with lighter shades. Yellow is a good complementary colour. Think of the Deep Sea Padoo against a yellow wall, or with a bright yellow cushion on it to add lively energy.

When positioning a Deep Sea Padoo, consider how much natural light is around, and use light fittings thoughtfully to create a corner with drama and interest.

As with Sky blue, all shades of blue are compatible with almost all other shades on the colour wheel, so when it comes to your interior, it’s hard to go wrong with a Deep Sea Padoo.

The Peacock Padoo

Turquoise reminds us of the natural harmony of nature. You only have to think of tropical seas to remember that turquoise is one of the most beautiful and balancing of colours, with its zesty but calming combination of earthly greens and marine blues. Green is the easiest shade for the human eye to take in, and can promote calm energy with its vigour of yellow too.

Combine with the soothing qualities of blue, and its firm place in the natural world, turquoise is considered a colour of balance, clarity and calm. It is best used to accent a room. Perhaps one wall or a piece of furniture.

It works particularly well with geometric patterns or tiles, and just a small splash can transform a space, lending it an energising and balancing focal point.

Turquoise appears in nature as a stone as well as in tropical seas. The trick is therefore to pair your Peacock Padoo with natural neutrals and wood tones, or darker shades of blue to add interest while retaining a gorgeous elegance.

The Pebble Padoo

There’s a reason that neutrals are favoured by interior designers. Greys, browns and beiges, being the colours of earth and stones, are perceived as reliable and stable, promoting feelings of safety. The Pebble Padoo combines the dependability of a subtle brown with the timeless sophistication of natural grey.

In Feng Shui, light brown represents earth, and grey is natural, calm and quiet. It is advised to combine browns and greys with other, livelier shades to keep energy up. Blue is recommended as colour companion because it creates a sense of earth-water balance.

Consider placing the Pebble Padoo in a blue room, or pair with a variety of other neutrals and complementary textures for a subtly interesting and natural colour scheme.

The Sky Padoo

This gorgeous shade of pale blue has relaxing and calming qualities. The colour of sea and sky and subject of Yves Klein’s obsession, blue’s association with nature and distance makes it one of our most soothing hues. Think of wide-open skies and the ocean and a sense of calm will almost certainly descend.

According to research, the colour blue can even lower your pulse and respiratory rate. Perhaps because of this, it has also been proven that people are more productive in blue rooms.

All shades of blue are compatible with almost all other shades on the colour wheel, so this, coupled with blue’s soothing qualities, mean blue is a wonderfully versatile hue.

The Plum Padoo

Choose purple for its energy, vibrancy and hint of the mysterious. Purple suggests power too, being the colour of royal and religious robes. The association has its roots in the scarcity of purple dye in nature. In antiquity, it was costly and time-consuming to create the pigment, which was produced by crushing the shells of sea snails. Few could afford purple fabric and to this day it retains a sense of luxury.

But there is even more to purple. The marriage of cool blue and fierce red give it myriad effects, including uplifting the spirits and encouraging both imagination and creativity.

The Plum Padoo combines very well with whites and greys, so adding it as a splash of colour to a neutral room can create a dramatic focal point.

The Berry Padoo

A berry colour is considered to connect us to our innermost musings and our creativity. Like purple, it combines the energy of red with the soothing benefits of blue, and bridges the gap between the physical and the spiritual world.

Surprisingly it goes well with a range of other colours, including charcoal grey, orange, pale blue, dusty pink, dark brown, royal blue and yellow. For the bold of heart when it comes to colours.

Feng Shui recommends violet shades for bedrooms because they promote feelings of connection and serenity. Designers like to pair it with pinks for a dreamy scheme that optimises calm wellbeing for the best night’s sleep.