Colour school: Decorating with peach & french grey

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  • Give coral a modern makeover by pairing it with cool neutrals and hints of copper

    Choose furniture
    with tapered legs to give the scheme a mid-century spin

    A world away from its retro roots, peach is being revived as a soothing partner for popular tones of grey. Use it as a backdrop – choose a wallpaper featuring a small-scale print – then give the look relaxed elegance with honeyed oak furniture and Moroccan-inspired accessories. Keep the look contemporary with a few hits of brushed copper.


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    Break up a peach wallpaper with a simple grey clock

    Camden wall clock in Smoke, £42, Thomas Kent range,
    Black By Design

    Making shapes

    A geometric print will add a contemporary feel

    Cotton cushion cover, £3.99,

    Take cover

    Soften the look with cosy textures

    Knitted cotton throw in Dove Grey, £100,
    Secret Linen Store

    Looking peachy

    Also comes in stone

    Dinton dining chair in Coral, £175 for two, Marks & Spencer

    Metal works

    Go for a pop of copper to keep the look current

    Copper candle, £6.99,
    New Look

    Tall order

    Try a hint of the trend with blush-toned accessories

    Decal vase, £9.99 for three,

    The Palette

    Layer muted tones or a modern feel

    PRETTY PEACH Try this gentle shade on walls

    Silken Sunrise 4 flat matt emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5ltr, Dulux

    CORAL TINT Revamp furniture in this hue

    Coral Wisp walls & ceilings emulsion,
    £21.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range,

    PALE GREY Use this subtle, sophisticated colour to anchor the look

    Inox Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £45 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene

    More ways with peach

    Try it with… Yellow

    Prevent peach from overpowering a look by breaking it up with hits of bold yellow and contemporary prints

    Use a simple paint effect to combine peach with clay.

    Copper Blush matt emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5ltr,


    Bright idea

    Add a sunny shade

    Spira Mello Yellow Scandinavian fabric,
    £24.95 per m,
    Hus & Hem

    Go graphic

    This tulip-inspired print comes in five shades

    Sula 111323 wallpaper, £39 per roll,Scion

    Day glow

    Make a statement

    Verdure Yellow Marble Matt Emulsion, £42 for 2.5ltr, Mylands of London

    Try it with…blue accents

    Give peach a more understated feel by teaming it with deep, sophisticated navy, using soft grey or stone hues as a background to tie the palette together

    Create contrast with pops of navy. Hornbeam wallpaper, £97 per roll, Farrow & Ball

    Prints charming

    Try a dainty pattern

    Malin wallpaper in Nordic Blue, £23 per roll,
    John Lewis

    Blue crush

    Give definition to a neutral sofa with cushions in smart navy

    Rumba Lazuli fabric, £39.50 per m,Romo

    Cool colour

    Add a rich tone

    Pitch Blue Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

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