Create a restful bedroom scheme by teaming laid-back lilac with soft greys
Lilac was the colour of the moment back in the Nineties, but it’s finding its feet once more as a natural partner for ever-popular shades of grey. Stick to a chalky finishes on walls, natural, slubby linens for fabrics and simple furniture for a relaxed, casual look that moves away from the fussy, French-inspired lilac schemes of old. Add touches of brushed metal, and you’ll really bring this soft purple shade to life.
Combine lilac walls with fabrics in a mix of grey tones, then lift the scheme with a few metal highlights.
Get the relaxed look with fresh shades.
1. DUSTY PINK. A blue-toned, moody pink that’s fit for a boudoir. Cinder Rose Estate Emulsion, £38 for 2.5 ltr, Farrow and Ball.
2. MISTY BLUE-GREY. A silvery shade for a cool, modern edge. Plumbago matt emulsion, £35.50 for 2.5 ltr, Fired Earth.
3. MODERN LILAC. This deep colour will add warmth. B7 Lilac Alterior Matt Emulsion, £36.50 for 2.5 ltr, Eicó.
GET THE LOOK….
Bellini armchair in Sloe textured cotton (H80cm x W59cm x D72cm) £475, Loaf.
Woven-knit throw, £75, Shabby Chic range, House of Fraser.
Satin grey table lamp, £135, Barker & Stonehouse.
TRY IT WITH… PEACOCK BLUE Go for glamour by teaming lilac walls with sumptuous, deep-blue velvet seating. Balance the blocks of colour with geometric pattern. 1. SUPER STARS. Add intricate pattern. Ice tiles, £59.95 per sq m, Henley range, Topps Tiles. 2. GO-TO HUE. A contemporary take on lavender. Brassica Estate Emulsion, £38 for 2.5 ltr, Farrow & Ball. 3. RICH BLUE. Ideal for bold upholstery. Venetian blue velvet, £57 per m, Forenza collection, Romo.
TRY IT WITH…. OYSTER WHITE Use lilac as an accent against an oyster-white backdrop for an elegant look. Team a patterened wallpaper and French- style furniture painted in shimmering silver for a luxury feel, then layer up fabrics in a mix of soft lilac hues to add soothing colour.
2. COOL IT. Paint walls in an easy-going cream. Old Cream matt emulsion, £35.50 for 2.5 ltr, Fired Earth.