These classic colour duos are perfect for soft and relaxing decorating schemes
Lilac and grey
- Lilac is finding it’s feet once more as a natural partner for ever popular shades of grey.Stick to chalky finishes on walls, natural, slubby linens for fabrics.
- Choose simple furniture for a relaxed, casual look that moves away from the fussy, French-inspired lilac schemes of old.
- Add touches of brushed metal and you’ll really bring this soft purple shade to life.
Add an accent shade: petrol blue
Divina Dot cushion, £59, Hay range, Nest
Yellow and grey
- If natural light is limited in your room, then pale greys may look too cool or charcoals too dark so paint samples on the wall to test how the colour changes throughout the day.
- Pattern really brings this colour combo to life. Pattern can be used on wallpaper, curtains, rugs and cushions and there are plenty of mid-century-style graphic prints around, but it also suits softer florals and stripes.
- Mid-century and Scandi fans will feel at home with this colour pairing, as it works well with clean lines and colour-pop accessories. If French-chateau chic is your thing, try with ornate painted furniture or go for natural finishes for a country feel.
Add an accent shade: matt black
Groove vase, £17.95, Idyll Home
Pale blue and white
- Pale blues evoke the freshness of sea and sky, so it’s the perfect scheme for country or coastal styles. Shades of blue can vary hugely in natural light, south-facing rooms enjoy lots of light so maximise the feeling of space with a pale hue. In small spaces with little natural light try a darker shade for warmth.
- Soft white is the traditional highlight to team with blue, but for more depth, include natural textures such as wicker, knits and wool.
- Ticking stripes, checks, oversized florals and toiles are all patterns that work well in this colour duo, if you decide to mix them use matching blues to unite the varied pattern.
Add an accent shade: zinc
Vintage trunks, £125 for set of three, Nordic House
- Neutral shades are wide-ranging, from mushroom grey and oatmeal to stone and almond whites. Play around and layer different hues to prevent the finish from looking flat.
- Add depth with subtle patterned wallpaper, cushions or window treatments. You can mix patterns, but stick to a common colour to help tie your scheme together.
- Turn to nature for inspiration and use wood, linen, wool and natural flooring to layer up tactile textures in varying neutral shades.
- This classic look should be unfussy, so avoid anything glossy or silky. Matt finishes are perfect, try linen fabrics, chalky paints, woven textures and weathered wood.
Add an accent colour: Blush pink
Rose geometric bud vase, £12.95, Mia Fleur
Blush pink and grey
- This colour pairing can be adapted to suit many tastes; from industrial chic, modern country, Scandi style or classic elegance.
- Furniture and accessories in a reclaimed or raw-wood finish warm up this subtle colour combination and help to ground the scheme. Look for simple, rustic pieces in blocky shapes, and open shelving with a coastal vibe.
- Pair up contrasting finishes in matt and gloss. Try slate floor tiles with pretty polished mosaics or a zinc tabletop with blush-pink, grainy-glazed ceramics.
- Add luxe with pops of polish metallics like gold, brass or copper. Treat them as a finishing touch to help lift the scheme.
Try delicate lighting, votives or kitchenware with a bit of shimmer.
Add an accent colour: brass
Z metal satin brass desk lamp,
£29, Leitmotiv range, Hurn & Hurn