How to decorate with reds, purples and pinks

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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 you’re 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.

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