An Interview With Mr Bright Bazaar
For interiors blogger extraordinaire, Mr Bright Bazaar, holidays are what it’s all about. After all, his travels provide much of the inspiration behind his ‘Make-You-Smile Style’ mantra. We caught up with him to find out more…
Canary yellow socks. Nice touch. Not many fellas could pull off an ankle burst of buttercup at breakfast time but then this is Mr Bright Bazaar – so if anyone can do it, he can.
I’m ensconced in an armchair in London’s super-chic Dean Street Townhouse chatting to one of my favourite bloggers, Mr Bright Bazaar – AKA Will Taylor. Describing himself as ‘a gentleman hooked on hue’, he’s a colour aficionado – nay, god. Since 2009, Will has been leading a colour crusade to banish beige from our daily lives, documenting his love for funky shades via his Bright Bazaar blog.
Prior to us meeting up, I had a good old nosey through his Instagram account. His photo stream is the digital equivalent of a kaleidoscope. Scrolling through, my eyes are darting between shots of front doors in London daubed in mint and snaps of hot-pink bougainvillea trailing over verandas in the Med.
This penchant for palettes has led Mr Bright Bazaar to collaborate with some super-league names, like Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stuart, not to mention leading brands like Laura Ashley and West Elm. Plus, he’s got over 2 million followers on Pinterest. Impressive credentials indeed.
The first thing to strike me about Will is that he certainly lives up to his Mr Bright Bazaar alias. This is a guy who exudes colour – and I don’t just mean his flashy socks. His upbeat, infectious personality is like a ray of Provençal sunshine. With this glass-half-full demeanour, I’m beginning to understand how he landed jobs on Blue Peter and Strictly Come Dancing when he was younger. Honestly, you can’t help but smile when you meet him – which is just as well when you consider his catchphrase ‘Make-You-Smile Style’.
Bright Bazaar in print
Will applied his ‘Make-You-Smile Style’ mantra to his most recent project – an interiors book called Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour For Make-You-Smile Style. It’s a refreshing take on an interiors guide, daring readers to step away from the rather safe and insipid neutral tones that seem to dominate so many abodes.
Like a helpful friend, Will reveals how to inject a shot of colour into your home – whether that be playing with fabrics and patterns or layering in lighting. But the best bit for me is his 10 Colour Cocktails…
From soft and delicate pastels through to bright and bold colour statements, each Colour Cocktail explores a particular set of hues. What’s really interesting, though, is that the palettes were inspired by Mr Bright Bazaar’s travels.
He explains, “Each one of my Colour Cocktails is based on one of my holiday photographs. Take the Cerulean Splash Colour Cocktail. When I was in the South of France, I took a photo of the weathered façade of an old building. Its colours and textures reflected its coastal location through a palette of sunshine yellow and sky blue. It really struck a chord with me as I often feel at my calmest when I’m near the sea. There’s something refreshing about that trio of sun, sand and sea. It’s such a far cry from city life. And it’s great to try and bring that seaside holiday feeling into your home.”
On the subject of holidays, it would seem Will has something of a soft spot for the Med, and his go-to destination is the Balearic gem that is Menorca.
He comments, “I fell in love with the island back when I was a journalism student at Cardiff University. It was a great choice for so many reasons – not least because you could find a really nice hotel or villa there that didn’t cost the earth. What’s more, Menorca is only a two-and-a-half hour flight from the UK so I’d often head there just for a long weekender.”
Fast forwarding 10 years and Mr Bright Bazaar is still singing Menorca’s praises. I’m intrigued to know what is it about the island that gives it that boomerang effect.
He says, “I love it just as much now as when I first discovered it. So much so, in fact, I got married there last year. It’s such a magical corner of the world. The colours are so vibrant – the seas are streaked with turquoise and aquamarine, the likes of which you normally associate with the Caribbean or Indian Ocean.”
Talking of the Indian Ocean, I quiz Will about how he’s feeling about his imminent trip to Mauritius with Thomson and First Choice.
He muses, “I’m really excited. I’ve never been to that part of the world before. I’ve been doing a bit of research and it looks like it’ll certainly deliver on the colour front – from the seas, to the coral reefs to the interestingly-named 7-Colour Earth rock formations. Let’s just say, I think there are going to be some great opportunities for me to go colour hunting!”