Original ideas for a bright family home

Express yourslef and create an original finish with a fresh take on feature walls

Add a bright welcome with a teal and watermelon scheme and a pop of zesty yellow. If you'd love to use a bold colour but worry it'll be too much, try this
trick: paint the lower third of a wall and fake a dado rail with a thin
border in a contrasting colour. Try painting a peg rail in the same
wall shade for extra impact.

white blue wall and shoe cabinet and flower vase

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Wall painted in Quartz Flint 4 matt emulsion (top), £24.49 for 2.5ltr, Paint Mixing range, Dulux; Vardo Estate Emulsion (bottom); stripe painted in Yellowcake Estate Emulsion; both £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. White vintage oak LPU1285 flooring, £29.49 per sq m, Largo collection, Quick-Step. Brecan grey wool-blend runner, £120, Habitat. Nornäs sideboard, £130, Ikea; painted in Ammonite Estate Eggshell, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Six-peg rail, £41, Scumble
; painted in Vardo Oil Eggshell, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball.

Create a kids' art gallery in juicy fruit shades. Create a dedicated, contained space for children's artwork that's easy to update. Hang a
group of empty, glass-free frames painted in a bright colour and simply
pin each week's masterpieces in them, filing away the old ones.

dining room with dining table and white wall

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Wall painted in Gauze Absolute Matt Emulsion, £37 for 2.5ltr; panelling painted in James Intelligent Eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr; both Little Greene. Pinner table, £1,195; bench, £495; chairs, £395 for two; all Heal's. Rhubarb cabinet, £695, Loaf. Sherbet pendant, £75, Graham and Green. Baskets, from £29 each, Olli Ella. Virserum frames, from £10 each; Söndrum frames, £8 each; all Ikea; painted in Trumpet Intelligent Eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene.

Frame a feature wallpaper in a vibrant, watercolour pattern. There are so many great designs out there, why not use one as artwork? Choose a
painted-effect pattern and frame it with moulding, painted to match.
This is a great way to mark out a ‘zone' in a multipurpose space.

living room with white wall and sofa

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Walls painted in Dimity Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Nova Kilim rug, £175, Olli Ella. Chelsea coffee table, £399; Marchwood sofa in Sutton Smoke, £2,695; Stanford sideboard, £999; all Content by Terence Conran. Grayson floor lamp, £160, John Lewis. Azim Indigo wall art, £26 per m, Voyage Decoration; frame painted in Aquamarine emulsion, £21.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q.

Play with paint for an easy update in a sherbet colour scheme. Make a backdrop for creative play, using masking tape to design a simple
‘mountain range' effect. A pop of bright yellow on woodwork makes the
wall colour sing, while butterfly wall stickers are an easy way to add magic.

childrens bedroom with table and bed

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Wall painted in Brilliant White emulsion (top); Desert Bloom emulsion; both £21.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q. Herringbone rug, £135, Luma. Bed, from £597, Scumble Goosie; painted in Welcome Pale Intelligent Eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Crate on wheels, £65, Design Vintage. Playroom table, £242; Playroom chairs, £175 for two; pouffe, £120; all Nubie. Strips duvet set, £20, Habitat.

Create a pinboard wall with cork tiles and a few pastel pops. Turn your spare room, landing or a corner of the kitchen into a creative
space for work, homework and household paperwork. Self-adhesive cork
tiles are cheap and can be put up in minutes to turn a whole wall into
an ever-changing collage of notes, photos and inspirational whatnots.

office cork board wall with table and chair

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Wall covered in self-adhesive cork tiles, £33.45 per sq m, Walls and Floors. Klimpen/Oddvald desk, £80, Ikea. Eames-style chair, £49, Danetti. Valje wall cabinets, £17 each, Ikea.


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.