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Upholster a statement chair in a standout
fabric Patterned or plain, containing a
bold fabric to a single piece means it won’t
overwhelm you or the room, and it will be
uplifting for the eye and the soul.
Go crazy with the cushions Any sofa can
be completely transformed with a playful array
of inexpensive new cushion covers. They’re
also a great way to play with colour and print
combinations. Coordinate with a new rug
underfoot for an entire room refresh.
Contain your favourite colours Choose a
single key wall in a room (behind the TV in the
lounge, behind the bedhead in a bedroom,
the end wall of a hallway) and highlight that
alone. It’ll have more impact than a
Think about chromatic
intensity According to
author Karen Haller, who is
an applied colour psychology
determines whether a colour
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Orla Kiely Optical Flower
With an oversized flower in
Orla Kiely style, these 100%
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Rug, L170 x W240cm,
Tropical foliage and colourful
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A fusion of Art Deco with
modern geometric shapes,
this storage cabinet opens to
reveal an interior glass shelf.
string Pocket Shelves,
Nils Strinning’s Swedish shelf
system was first created in
1949, and is now considered
to be a design classic.
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A painterly, still-life scene,
digitally printed for clarity and
impact of colour, finished with
is stimulating or soothing is not its hue but
its intensity.” In other words, the stronger and
deeper a shade, the more likely it will be to
excite, which isn’t always good!
It’s all about layering Whatever the base
colour of a wall, any artwork on top of it
contributes to the overall composition. Think
about everything from the image itself to the
frames and picture mounts. Every detail counts.
Start small Practical items such as sheets and
pillowcases, towels and even tea cloths can be
a wonderful way to ease yourself into a more
colourful life. Otherwise, focus on a single star
piece such as a smart cabinet, side table or set
of wall-hung shelves.
Don’t forget the fifth wall of
the home, the ceiling Don’t
default to white here. How
about sky blue for a feeling of
lightness? Or mustard yellow
for a shot of all-year sunshine.
Try gloss paint too for lightreflecting
shimmer and shine.
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