Country Living (UK) - - Decorating -

Tra­di­tional nau­ti­cal hues of deep blue with up­lift­ing strong reds, as seen on mar­itime semaphore flags and boat sails, are a pop­u­lar choice. These strong shades add en­ergy and jol­lity to an all-white scheme to eye­catch­ing ef­fect. Mix clas­sic striped pat­terns with un­ex­pected mo­tifs such as sum­mery flo­rals for a more un­usual home. Limit the bold tones to ac­ces­sories, or try in­tro­duc­ing a fresh yel­low in small quan­ti­ties for a more whim­si­cal twist.

OP­PO­SITE In­tro­duce colour to an all-white in­te­rior through soft fur­nish­ings. Striped fab­rics made into a table­cloth, cur­tains and cush­ion cov­ers, from Ian Mankin THIS PAGE, FROM TOP Paint a free­stand­ing bath in a vi­brant shade of an eggshell fin­ish; flo­ral prints work well with stripes in sim­i­lar tones; ceram­ics and linens with jaunty stripes in vary­ing sizes cre­ate a fun table­top; this clas­sic pair­ing of colours works in­side and out to great ef­fect

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