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Using colour to brighten a neutral living space

I love neutrals and my little rented house is a pretty blank canvas with soft creamy calico walls and a neutral stripe wallpaper in my lounge, whilst my bedroom uses the gorgeous Farrow & Ball Middleton Pink and soft grey.

For me, neutrals are calming and my house is my sanctuary to escape to at the end of the day when my life is busy and it seems that using the right colours in your home can help to set certain moods for certain rooms.

Warm shades like oranges and yellows make rooms feel inviting, warm and happy spaces and dark blues such as regatta blue or royal blue give an air of sophistication and elegance.

I used to think that using neutrals was boring and something that you did as you reached the over 40s mark, but in actual fact I’ve learnt that by using bright accents through soft furnishing it is easy to make a neutral colour scheme come alive and it actually works as a fantastic canvas for adding different shades within a spectrum and also adding in texture.


By carefully introducing scatter cushions on my deep chocolate sofa I have been able to lift this dark colour and make it less cold looking.  The cushions I lusted after for ages were these Dakota Lime Scatter cushions from interiors specialists Multiyork.

I love the bright zesty colour of these cushions and they look opulent and inviting against the dark chocolate.  To mix with these I added this rather Orla Kiely inspired Dandelion Clocks Blackcurrant scatter cushions as I love patterns and the retro print of these is right up my straight and the colours blend really well with my dark walnut side tables.

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Little touches like this have changed the room and made it a really cosy space to sit in for an evening with all my candles in their hurricane jars.  The room also has a huge bay window in it and I bought a set of three gorgeous copper votive candle holders from my favourite Scandi lifestyle store Att Pynta and when the light catches these through the laser cut patterns I get the most beautiful streams of light bouncing around on the walls.

attpynta-copper-candleholdersUsing statement bowls and filling them with fairy lights gives me soft, delicate lighting and curling up in a chunky knitted throw as the summer nights go cool and watching old movies with popcorn make my lounge my favourite room of the house to be in.

Choosing the right colour scheme and interior accessories can turn a room from drab to fab instantly and with very little expenses.  Play around with colours and styles using ideas boards such as Pinterest and don’t be scared of colour – if you love it then choose it and use it!

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