How to work the Lilac and Grey colour scheme into your home

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  • 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.


    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.

    Mauve peony jam jar, £10, Next.
    Pale amethyst square velvet cushion, £40, Nigella range, Laura Ashley.

    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.

    1. FLORAL FEVER. A subtle print. Kimono wallpaper in Amethyst, £39 per roll, Laura Ashley.

    2. COOL IT. Paint walls in an easy-going cream. Old Cream matt emulsion, £35.50 for 2.5 ltr, Fired Earth.

    3. WASHED LINEN. Set a laid-back feel. Linen-effect plain weave in Lavender, £48 per m, Anoushka Plains collection, Harlequin.


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