Colour school: Decorating with peach & french grey

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

living room with pink wall and sofa set

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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.


grey clock

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Show time

Break up a peach wallpaper with a simple grey clock

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

printed cushion

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Making shapes

A geometric print will add a contemporary feel

Cotton cushion cover, £3.99,


knitted cotton throw

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Take cover

Soften the look with cosy textures

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

dining chair

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Looking peachy

Also comes in stone

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

wax candle

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Metal works

Go for a pop of copper to keep the look current

Copper candle, £6.99,
New Look

decal vase

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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

peach colour wall paint

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

CORAL TINT Revamp furniture in this hue


wall paint

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

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

white wall paint

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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

bedroom with double bed and bedside table

(Image credit: Dulux)

Use a simple paint effect to combine peach with clay.

Copper Blush matt emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5ltr,


yellow cushion

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Bright idea

Add a sunny shade

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

scion wallpaper

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Go graphic

This tulip-inspired print comes in five shades

Sula 111323 wallpaper, £39 per roll,Scion

yellow wall paint

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Day glow

Make a statement

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

Try it 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

room with printed wall and dining table

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

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

blue printed wallpaper

(Image credit: John Lewis)

Prints charming

Try a dainty pattern

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

blue jeans fabric cushion

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Blue crush

Give definition to a neutral sofa with cushions in smart navy

Rumba Lazuli fabric, £39.50 per m,Romo

pitch blue wall paint

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Cool colour

Add a rich tone

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


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.