Sum­mer sor­bet shades of bright mango orange, fresh ap­ple green and vivid rasp­berry pink cre­ate a vi­brant dec­o­rat­ing pal­ette. We show how to use them to in­spir­ing ef­fect

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Fol­low our guide to us­ing sum­mer sor­bet shades to cre­ate a vi­brant dec­o­rat­ing pal­ette for your home

Colour has the abil­ity to af­fect your mood, with dif­fer­ent hues al­ter­ing how you feel. Keep­ing this in mind when dec­o­rat­ing makes choos­ing the right shade very im­por­tant, es­pe­cially if they are strong and vi­brant. Bold colours can have a sur­pris­ing ef­fect when edited care­fully and can bring real en­ergy to a room. Pretty pas­tel shades that mimic ice-cream tones have a calm feel, while zesty lemon yel­low, along with other fruity shades such as berry and water­melon that are syn­ony­mous with sum­mer, can have an up­lift­ing re­sult. These work best as ac­cents – on one wall, on a painted chair frame or, as a tem­po­rary dis­play, in a bunch of sea­sonal flow­ers. Use spar­ingly, lim­it­ing the num­ber of shades to avoid a rest­less scheme, and con­trast splashes of solid colour against fresh white.

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