Colour school: Decorating with peach & french grey

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.


Show time

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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