There’s no need to rip it all out and start again. These clever colour tricks will add instant refreshment all around your home.
Whether it’s adding accessories or swapping out linen, a new look could be yours without even lifting a paintbrush. Try these easy makeover tips for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms
Add cool naturals for a luxurious living room
Image: Andrew Boyd
A trio of natural shades can work wonders in a lack-lustre living room. If you have a pale, plain sofa, turn it into a sophisticated lounging area with scatter cushions in a chic blend of mushroom, stone and eau de nil.
Consider texture and pick out weaved, flocked and ruched designs in soft matts and sophisticated low-sheen silks.
Edit a green bedroom scheme with contrasting colours
Image: Oliver Gordon
This pale green bedroom has been transformed by the pale lilac touches on the bedlinen and the gentle blue of the curtain. The play of plains and patterns helps to make this room a hit.
It is possible to produce subtle and beautiful looks using contrasting shades - tones do not have to be bright and bold to be contrasting.
Dare to bring darkness to a dining room
Image: Oliver Gordon
Black is dramatic and creates a sense of occasion to any space. A black dining suite is a brave choice for a neutral space, but the results can be fantastic.
Go monochrome with upholstery in white, lighting and accessories in black and duo-tone tableware, scatter cushions, walls and flooring.
Introduce warm neutrals for a sophisticated bathroom
Image: Nick Pope
Yellow sandy-based tones create a warm feel perfect for a bathroom and lend themselves well to vintage styles and classic patterns.
A plain white floor frees you up to add bold pattern on walls. This classic floral wallpaper creates a stunning backdrop for a green roll-top bath, white painted dressing table and blush-pink silk curtains.
Bring pops of full-on colour to an all-neutral living room
Image: Joanna Henderson
Living rooms with neutral walls, floor and ceiling look modern and spacious, but can feel cold and bland, especially if furnishings and accessories are neutral too.
Jolly up the space with hot pink, zesty lime and jewel-bright turquoise. Pick out china, vases and bowls, framed artwork and cushions and place them around your living room for little hits of warmth and interest.
Boost a white bedroom with blues and greens
Image: Mark Scott
Add vibrancy to a white room with bursts of colour. Look for a two-tone abstract print and hang it behind your bed. Use it as a guide to the accent shades you will bring in.
In this smart space a deep Prussian Blue and zesty citrus green work harmoniously together, bringing a sense of poise and balance.
Pick polar whites to refresh a grey bathroom
Image: Penny Wincer & Mark Scott
Grey is a popular choice for bathrooms and many schemes use gradations of the shade across all surfaces. Why not pep up the look by matching accessories to white sanitaryware?
Look for decorative pieces with a hint of the vintage about them. Choose lace-trimmed towels, a white porcelain vase for cut flowers and consider decorative stencil work for a hit of filigree pattern.
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