IN THE DE­TAIL Achieve a per­fectly bal­anced room scheme

At the heart of ev­ery suc­cess­ful room scheme are the per­fect com­bi­na­tions of pat­tern, colour and tex­ture

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CALM AND CO­OR­DI­NATED

Don’t be afraid to put dif­fer­ent pat­terns to­gether, as a suc­cess­fully cu­rated se­lec­tion can add real depth to a room scheme. The key is to stick to a tight colour pal­ette for a co­he­sive look, com­bin­ing larger il­lus­tra­tions with smaller ditsy-style prints to achieve bal­ance. Cush­ions from a se­lec­tion start­ing at £45 each;

Alea knit­ted throw, £120; Char­coal cen­tre­piece bowl, £40; all Mur­mur

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FUN AND FUNC­TIONAL

While large win­dows cre­ate a stun­ning im­pact and al­low a room to make the most of nat­u­ral sun­light, they can also pose is­sues when it comes to pri­vacy, es­pe­cially in a liv­ing room that faces onto a busy street. Ap­ply­ing de­signer win­dow films to spe­cific panes is a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion – they’re easy to use and add swathes of sub­tle pat­tern. Flow frosted win­dow film, from £30, The Win­dow Film Com­pany

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SUR­FACE LEVEL

Coun­ters and table­tops are of­ten ne­glected and left plain, but they can be a great place to add un­ex­pected de­tail and in­ter­est. Try up­cy­cling a bed­side ta­ble or chest of draw­ers with a del­i­cate stencil de­sign in smart, monochrome shades of chalk paint to give the il­lu­sion of pat­terned tiles. Old White chalk paint, from £4.45/100ml; Graphite chalk paint, from £5.95/120ml; the Tal­lu­lah stencil, £4.45, was used for this de­sign; all An­nie Sloan

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RE­FLECT AND RE­PEAT

Cre­ate har­mony within your look by echo­ing com­ple­men­tary shades across dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als. Tactile pot­tery, cosy linens and light-re­flect­ing glass­ware all give a unique qual­ity of pig­ment, and a com­bi­na­tion of all three pro­vides de­li­cious depth.

Arm of daybed in Olavi fab­ric in At­lantic, £75/m; daybed in Al­ston fab­ric in La­goon, £79/m; Nahli flatweave rug in Cob­ble­stone, from £450; cush­ion fab­rics are Olavi in Pesto, £75/m; Ro­den in Oys­ter and Drag­on­fly, £70/m; Li­nara in Reef, Azure and Pesto, £38.50/m; all Romo

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BE­TWEEN THE LINES

If you’re plan­ning a more sub­stan­tial re­vamp, con­sider a creative ap­proach to your walls. Straight lines of paint can be used to high­light or even repli­cate ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails, bring­ing a to­tally dif­fer­ent feel to a room.

Lower wall and skirt­ing in Bronze; stripe high­light in Deep Wa­ter Green; top wall in Rouge II; all pure flat emul­sion, £48.50/2.5L, Paint & Pa­per Li­brary

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DELECTABLE AR­RAY

Paint­ing the wall be­hind open shelv­ing is a quick and easy up­date that sets a beau­ti­ful back­drop to any dis­play. Choose a tonal pal­ette to keep the look so­phis­ti­cated, styling your shelves min­i­mally to achieve max­i­mum im­pact. Paint shades are Blos­som Tree, Pine Cone, Pink Parch­ment, Fallen Burr, Heart Wood, Black­berry Bush and Rose Bark, all in mix­ing flat matt, £27.56/2.5L, Du­lux

SOFTLY DOES IT Pat­tern needn’t be loud – it can be in­tro­duced subtly through or­ganic and freeflow­ing mo­tifs. A col­lec­tion of ce­ram­ics and clash­ing prints cre­ates a fo­cal point on a sideboard or shelf. Se­lec­tion of pot­tery, from £7, Na­tional Trust Shop

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