Red and pink colour schemes can be bold and dramatic, used to create a feminine look or a give a room a cosy, relaxed feel.
You could choose to go for all-red walls for a bright and invigorating interior, or alternatively use red as an accent colour on soft furnishings and accessories.
If youre feeling brave, go for a gorgeous library-room red for walls in the living room or study this works particularly well in large rooms with high ceilings, where the bold shade will not look too overpowering. Highlight architectural features such as door frames, fireplaces and picture rails with a complementary neutral paint shade.
Red will also lend warmth to a living room scheme and makes a rich backdrop to white linen sofas and a dark wood coffee table. Add texture with woven accessories and natural flooring to break up the expanse of colour. Opt for cushions and throws in zesty orange, green, hot pink and white.
Bold pinks also work really well with neutral tones. Decorate walls in a gentle off-white shade and go for a neutral carpet to offset the strong colour. Team with a modern beige sofa, or an armchair upholstered in a deep pink fabric for a bold statement. Add pops of colour with vibrant fuchsia and stone patterned curtains and cushions.
If you love purple shades, try using mauve, heather or violet for an elegant scheme. Decorate a hallway wall with beautiful mauve and silver paper, or create a sophisticated look in the bedroom with aubergine walls and pale grey or charcoal soft furnishings. Decorative silvered furniture or a wall mirror will add the finishing touch.
If you want to use red in a small space, consider decorating the cloakroom in this opulent shade traditional flock wallpaper will add grandeur to the smallest of room in the house.
Why: These colours have a reputation for being bold, bright and modern, but dont be scared: they look stunning when used in moderation, too.
- Desperate to be daring, but nervous about applying colour? Consider going all-out in a small space, such as a cloakroom, first. White fittings will calm your scheme, and your jitters.
- Apply exotic flavours with hot pink, zesty orange and bright white. Be careful not to go overboard in large rooms, though – match smaller zones of blocked colour with a white scheme to maintain a cool facade.
- Team classic pillar-box red with cream and warm oak for a timeless look.
Top tip: Dark wood furniture, as well as textural fabrics and woven accents, help break up intense expanses of strong colour.
Why: Want a purple tone that works in the same way as a neutral when it comes to decor? Striking with silver, and beautiful with black, these muted tones are your best bet.
- Create a decadent bedroom retreat by layering deep (mauve), mid (heather) and light (violet) intensity hues. Pale woods keep the look soft, romantic and relaxing.
- Give aubergine a go for a grown-up style. Accessorised with teal, charcoal or pale grey, this deep colour on walls and soft furnishings is both cosy and sophisticated.
- Think spicy and exotic to build up an intriguing interior that evokes exotic lands – introduce warm ochre, dusky purple and claret and say hello to Moroccan charm.
Top tip: Ensure that your room doesn’t become too dark by choosing a wallpaper with plenty of white or off-white to lift the purple motif.
Chrysanthemum wallpaper, £30 per roll, Graham & Brown
Why: Blush and caramel tones have made a comeback with the ballerina trend on the fashion catwalks, but they’re more than a passing fad – think gentle, timeless charm.
- Think pale and interesting, and pair the subtlest of rosy shades with soft whites with silver accents for a look that suits a reception room as well as it does a bedroom.
- All-out pink needn’t be mean a Barbie brash children’s room; balance touches of soft fuchsia with blush and nude tones, and choose vintage-style furniture for an elegantly aged finish.
- Create a spring-fresh style all year round by mixing hues of cream, pink and green – a floral fabric completes the look.
Top tip: Let walls do the talking with a paper with a soft-pink print acting as a backdrop for all-white furniture and home accents.
Bouquet in Bonbon wallpaper, £44.50 per roll, The Little Greene Paint Company
Why: Artistic, bohemian and with distinct overtones of history and glamour, these colours can add grandeur to a space in an instant.
- Get intimate with plummy reds and elements of blue-grey and graphite. Team with dark wood or black furniture and you’ve got yourself a cosy retreat.
- Restore a Victorian interior with a well-suited colour scheme: brooding claret, cream, grey and black. Keep the room plain and simple to make the most of the impact.
- Raspberries and cream make the perfect fruity combination in a bowl or as a decorating idea! Add leaf-green accents for a country-fresh finish, or chocolate hues for boutique chic.
Top tip: Don’t overlook the smallest room in the house – a damask wallpaper can make the simplest of spaces into a truly opulent area.
Havana Red wallpaper, £52 per roll, Zoffany at Wallpaperdirect
Why: Bold pinks are coming out of the playroom and into the rest of the house. Making an ideal match for neutrals, they add energy to and an upbeat atmosphere to living areas.
- Vibrant fuchsia, stone, off-white and black are perfect bedfellows in a boudoir – stick to simple patterns and shapes and its not as girly as you might think.
- Go retro with a Seventies-inspired combination of bubblegum pink, khaki and deep brown. Bold florals look particularly effective in these shades.
- Choose vintage-inspired dusky pinks and add hits of indigo blue and slate grey via intricately patterned papers and fabrics. Pretty chic.
Top tip: Statement curtains, a brightly upholstered chair and a mixture of cushions are all you need to add a rose-tinted accent to your living areas.
Serendipity Prints & Embroideries collection, from £27,06 per m, Blendworth