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From pale pow­der blues to richer in­digo and cobalt shades, these tones re­flect the colours of the sky and sea, and are a clas­sic choice for a calm coastal home, es­pe­cially when com­bined with white for a fresh, up­lift­ing in­te­rior. It’s best to keep the back­drop pale, paint­ing plas­tered or tongue-and-groove walls in a bright white or soft blue, off­set with stronger shades on ac­ces­sories, fur­ni­ture and fab­rics. Choose pieces that look nat­u­rally dis­tressed and rus­tic, such as a chest of draw­ers with weath­ered paint­work, ceram­ics with a loose wa­tery glaze, an an­tique grain sack re-used as a cush­ion cover or a frayed or faded fab­ric. This colour com­bi­na­tion will work well in most rooms and in an out­door set­ting, where it works har­mo­niously against fresh greens and in bright light.

OP­PO­SITE Stripes in vary­ing widths and dif­fer­ent shades of blue add in­ter­est to a pared-back scheme THIS PAGE, FROM TOP Rich deep paint tones are also an op­tion for walls and will add in­ten­sity when used as a back­drop for bright white fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories; mix and match small-scale pat­terns on ac­ces­sories; weather-worn paint is syn­ony­mous with this rus­tic look; grey and neu­tral tones will add warmth with this colour com­bi­na­tion to cre­ate a re­laxed bed­room

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