Decorating with colour – 10 ideas

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After the outlandish decor of the 80s, the minimalism of the 90s and the shabby chic of the early naughties, it’s time to take a new approach to your home design. Bold colour is making a come back and is slowly reappearing as a must-have trend for any room.

Bright colour can completely rejuvenate a tired room, so be brave with your new design and choose something you might not have tried before.

You don’t have to cover a whole room in colour to achieve a new look. Instead, choose one area to highlight. Painting or papering a chimney breast in a bright hue is a clever way to use an expensive paint colour or roll of wallpaper without breaking the bank.

You can also use vibrant colour to open up a small or dark space. A basement room will benefit from a lovely pop of sky blue all over the walls and ceiling, creating the feeling of wide open space. Accessorise with a brightly coloured chandelier and blonde wood fittings or furniture for a fun and quirky take on the trend.

But being bold with colour doesn’t have to mean choosing a bright hue. Deep colours can be just as inviting and will contribute to creating a decadent style, especially in a bedroom. Choose dark plum tones, teamed with pale pink and white to give your bedroom an opulent boudoir feel. Just a splash of plum, on well-chosen floral wallpaper, will be all you need to completely overhaul your room. Stick to the lighter hues on your bed to brighten the room – a lightly coloured floor will also complement the dark walls.

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