Indulge with neutral brown tones
It’s a welcome return for this warm, heritage colour that suits both contemporary and traditional room schemes. ‘Take a restrained and simple colour palette of brown and white, then use layers of tones to play around with mood and emphasis,’ says Crown colour consultant, Judy Smith. ‘Team chocolate and dark wood furniture with clay or grey to establish your base colour layer, then work in sculptural pieces, such as lighting and textured bowls and vases, to add depth and detail to the palette.’
Make it grand
Try the brown trend with a bold wallpaper and create a statement wall in your living or dining room. Keep the look fresh with white wood rather than dark, and plain lighter-coloured curtains.
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When it comes to choosing brown upholstery, mix traditional tweeds and checks in soft browny-grey tones with earthy chestnut shades, and keep other furniture and accessories simple, erring on the Scandinavian side of style.
Mix old with new
Make a classic brown leather sofa and dark wood floorboards look contemporary and inviting by teaming them with a 1970s-inspired shag-pile rug in a complementary creamy-beige colour.
Combine different shades of brown in an on-trend geometric wall-covering. Mixed with whites and greys, the browns look really modern and will work with many furniture styles and colours.
Make a statement with grey tones
Grey is both pale and dark this season. ‘It is such an elegant colour, and can be warm and inviting when used in the correct way,’ says Scandi Living interiors managing director, Linda Swarbrick. ‘I often advise breaking it up with exposed wood.’ Trevor Brinkman, product designer for Roper Rhodes Bathrooms, adds: ‘A slate-grey finish can pack a real punch, particularly when mixed with crisp white, while a light pebble colour is a much softer approach and makes for a perfect bedroom hue.’
A practical dark grey modular sofa is easily softened up by layering lots of cushions and throws in varying fabrics and grey tones, complemented with a plush rug.
Lay flagstone-style slate grey tiles in the kitchen or hallway, and team with pale grey walls for a modern rustic look.
Get the trad-meets-modern look in the bathroom with sleek painted cabinets in dark grey. Finish with mosaic tiles in lighter grey shades, industrial-style lighting and furniture.
Greys are great as they work with a wide range of décor eras and styles. Try mixing old-fashioned floral prints with contemporary matt wall paint and linen curtains.
Create atmosphere with deep blues
Everyone in interiors is raving about this colour palette because it feels, and looks, so new. ‘Dark, inky midnight blues have a lustrous quality that plays with different elements of light at different times of day and night, combining to create a tranquil and mysterious living space,’ adds Dulux creative director, Marianne Shillingford. ‘The beauty of dark palettes is the effect you can create with dimmable interior lighting.’
Dark or midnight blues will look fresh and airy when teamed with light, natural timbers. Try the trend with a feature rug in a large, open-plan space.
Create a luxurious bedroom with satin and silk bedlinen, faux fur and soft velvet accessories, all in rich caramel tones, with a hint of copper.
For an inviting, warming look, re-cover a footstool, chair or sofa in textured, patterned leather fabrics in caramel and copper colours. Keep the look modern by pairing with a mixture of dark wood furniture and white painted woodwork.
Laid back look
Mix together subtly different patterns in co-ordinating shades on furniture and soft furnishings, and team with touches of dark wood to create a chic, but relaxed living room.