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Choose a state­ment neu­tral

WHY WE LOVE THEM Think neu­trals are dull? Think again. These so­phis­ti­cated shades are ideal if you want to make a state­ment with­out it be­ing over­pow­er­ing, as bold pat­terns in soft hues will add im­pact with­out los­ing their laid-back, el­e­gant feel. Plus, as neu­trals vary from cream and beige to grey and black, they’ll cre­ate a solid foun­da­tion no mat­ter what your style or bud­get. WHERE TO USE THEM Any room can han­dle state­ment neu­trals. Liv­ing ar­eas are ideal, so go for it with bold wall­pa­per, pat­terned cur­tains and printed cush­ions in creams and beiges, or even a so­phis­ti­cated grey. Busy wall­pa­pers and fab­rics work well in bed­rooms and din­ing rooms, adding wow while still cre­at­ing a re­lax­ing space. HOW TO USE THEM Start with lighter shades, then use deeper, richer hues to add def­i­ni­tion while keep­ing the look sim­ple. Use tex­tured or pat­terned fab­rics on up­hol­stery, cur­tains and cush­ions to help them stand out against a calm back­ground and add fo­cus. HOW TO AC­CES­SORISE THEM Pieces in lux­u­ri­ous nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als are ideal – think slate, mar­ble, wood and leather. For a touch of glam­our, throw in metallics such as cop­per, gold and brass, or cre­ate real drama with a piece of con­trast­ing black fur­ni­ture.

‘Add im­pact to a neu­tral pal­ette with bold pat­terns, hits of rich tex­ture and com­ple­men­tary shades in soft tonal colours’ GINEVRA BENEDETTI, AS­SO­CIATE EDITOR

HAR­MO­NIOUS PAL­ETTE LAYER CO-OR­DI­NAT­ING PRINTS Lud­wig sofa in Cube 803, £2,180; cur­tains made in Bar­ring­ton Duck Egg, £32 per m; both Dif­fu­sion col­lec­tion, Voyage Mai­son

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