Colour school: Lichen and limestone

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  • 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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