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
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
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
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
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
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
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