Colour school: Lichen and limestone

Reinvigorate your home with a fresh yet calm palette of pale green and soft beige

Found in nature, these airy shades are easy partners. Use an equal mix of the two, then add shots of bright white to stop them looking murky. Subtle colour mixes need pattern for interest, so work in textural and botanical prints, and use faux or real plants and flowers to underline the colours palette’s natural inspiration.

Team pale limestone walls with accessories in shades of green, then add flowers and plants for a calm, airy feel.

The Palette

Go natural with these relaxed shades

Leaf Green. Keep the look fresh with this hue.

Vert De Terre Estate Emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball.

Soothing Putty. Choose this soft shade to add warmth and depth.

China Clay matt emulsion, £14.99 for 2.5ltr, Johnstone’s.

Creamy Neutral. A great off-white for walls.

Linen Wash Absolute Emulsion, £27 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene.

Soft touch

Create comfort with plush velvet textures.

Pale olive cushion,
£28, Phoenix range,

Craft work

Pick delicate pieces with an organic look.

Nest bowl in Rose Soft Pink, £22, French Connection

Go green

Keep lighting subtle with this pastel-pale pendant

P1 pendant in Pale Moss, £195, Lightyears range,

Nature lover

Go botanical with your artwork

Tableau X. Feuilles print, from £14.95, King & McGaw

In bloom

Add accessories that are inspired by nature

Grasses table lamp,
£65, John Lewis

Listen up

Tune into calming music, then sit back and relax

Revival R260 radio in Leaf Green, £110, Roberts Radio

More ways with Limestone

Try it with….BLACK

Smarten it up with a monochrome look. Be subtle with black frames or fabrics, or go all-out with a dark feature wall

Go for contrast by teaming limestone with black accents

In the dark

Make a statement

Graphite matt emulsion, £39 for 2.5ltr, Sanderson

Black beauty

Choose a bold floral trail

Lloyd wallpaper, £34 per roll, Laura Ashley

Softer shade

Add a hint of grey

Birch linen Francesca, £15.99 per m, LinenMe

Try it with….

For a Mediterranean-inspired look, team this stony shade with warming terracotta. Add brick-coloured accent pieces and tonal prints to liven up the neutral base.

Warm up a cool scheme with hits of orange

Feel the heat

Add an intense hue

See In The Dark Matt Emulsion, £35.50 for 2.5ltr, Fired Earth.

Prints charming

Statement patterns help tie the shades together

Austin Henna fabric,
£62.50 per m, Tremont collection,

Floor it

Stay in neutral

WV905 Wool Venice Fawn, £55 per m, Crucial Trading

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