Colour school: How to decorate with soft white

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  • 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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