Colour school: How to decorate with soft white

Combine gentle shades of cream and off-white for a tranquil mood

Create a homely living room that will soothe the soul by layering up tones of soft white and linen. Choose a patterned wallpaper in neutral tones to add depth to your scheme, then give the room texture with warm-wood accents, furniture painted in chalky shades, distressed surfaces, smooth ceramics and a soft wool rug. Add a hint of pale colour on seating with cushions in blush pink and champagne. Keep the look relaxed by showcasing collectibles on open shelving and artwork in mismatched frames.

Choose wallpaper, flooring, furniture and soft furnishing in restful off-white shades to create a peaceful space


Subtle pattern

Add cushions with a delicate leaf pattern

Carved leaves cushion, £19.99, Dunelm

Treasured keepsakes

Put trinkets in the cubbyholes

Faustine shelf unit, £200, Maison du Monde

A new leaf

Add interest to walls

Wooden leaf plaques, £30 for three, Next

Natural light

Check out the textured detailing on the base

Celena stoneware table lamp, £70, John Lewis

Rustic finish

Folds up to save space

Mango folding side table, £95, French Connection

More ways with soft white…..

Try it with…. Yellow

Give a calming scheme a sunny lift by painting walls in uplifting primrose. Keep the look simple with a cream woolen carpet and a few striped fabrics

Touch of lemon

Add a smart touch

Welbeck in Acacia, £33 per m, Clarke &

Spring hue

Go for a warm feel

Gentle yellow matt emulsion, £19.99 for 2.5ltr, Crown Paints range, Homebase

Cosy texture

Choose a soft neutral carpet

Malabar Chalk carpet, £29 per sq m, Cormar Carpets

Try it with…. Pink

For a summery scheme, use a pretty palette of putty, rose and blush shades. Choose a pastel pink for the walls, white loose-covered sofas and plain cushion covers in a mix of pale tones. Add texture with a cosy rug and wooden flooring.

Light blush

Perfect for scatter cushions

Asuri Rose Quartz, £47.50 per m, Romo

Soft pink

Try a delicate shade

Potters Pink Vinyl matt, £29.03 for 2.5ltr, Dulux Heritage range, Designerpaint

Wood effect

Opt for a pale floor

Belcanto White Californian pine-effect laminate flooring, £10 per sq m, Colours range, B&Q

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