While fashions come and go, these foundation styles simply evolve from year to year. Invest in them and your home will never look out of date
It’s hard not to be won over by the easy-to-live-with vibe of this relaxed look. Give it a Scandi spin with a palette of grey-blue and green, make it industrial by adding metal details or go vintage with pretty floral prints.
Walls painted in Cat’s Cradle eggshell, £90.56 for 2.5ltr, Earthborn range, Designerpaint; Chichester 4ft open-rack dresser in Blakeney Blue, £1,695; Suffolk 5ft sideboard in French Grey, £1,250; both Neptune.
Create a tranquil mood with a mix of pale greys and blues, then add cosiness with woollen textiles.
The perfect room recipe:
■ Cool, chalky shades
■ Traditional furniture styles
■ Painted wooden pieces
■ Touches of warm oak
■ Natural fabrics and finishes
■ Baskets and knits
■ Simple ceramics
Add industrial elements
Walls painted in Bamiyan Blue matt emulsion, £35.50 for 2.5ltr, Fired Earth at Designer Paint. Big Boucle Titan Jupiter carpet, £55 per sq m, Crucial Trading. Premium elm shutters, Shutterly Fabulous. For similar sofa try Ektorp two seat sofa, £230, Ikea. Loafian coffee table, £245; Little Loafian side table, £195; both Loaf. For similar dresser try French country dresser, £1,350, An Angel At My Table.
Pair painted and oiled-wood furniture with white linens.
Give a country look a smarter edge with streamlined, oiled-oak furniture finished off with metal frames. Stick to a simple palette of blue and white, then add factory-style lighting for an urban feel.
Add tones of soft grey
For similar paint try Inox for main walls and Urbane Grey, £37 for 2.5l Absolute matt emulsion; Little Greene at Designer Paint; peg rail, £41, Scumble Goosie; for similar console and storage bench try The Cotswold Company
Lift a mellow grey scheme with metal, glass and sisal accessories
Create a restful mood by combining two shades of dove grey on walls. Keep it light with white or cream-painted furniture and glass accessories. Add natural texture with woven storage.