Choosing the right colour scheme

Interiors expert Julia Kendell offers her advice on choosing the right colour scheme for your interiors.

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Interiors expert Julia Kendell offers her advice on choosing the right colour scheme for your interiors.

When creating a scheme that features strong colours, combine them with neutrals to provide somewhere for your eye to ‘rest’ within the scheme, as strong and heavily saturated colours can be a strain on the eye.

Avoid emphasising textured-plaster or poor-quality walls with feature colours. Clad inferior walls with panelling and cover them with heavy-duty lining paper, or invest in having the wall re-skimmed for a great finish.

Using tones from the warm end of the colour spectrum will create the illusion of a surface being closer to you, while cooler shades will make it appear to recede. In this way, odd-shaped rooms can be re-balanced and high ceilings lowered. Strong patterns can work well to integrate knocked-through areas.

Grey is a perfect alternative to beige. In its lighter tones, grey instantly updates a neutral scheme and helps accent colours stand out, so it’s the ideal backdrop to on-trend acid tones.

In the picture: Bouquet wallpaper in BonBon, £47.25 per roll; bed painted in Julie’s Dream Intelligent Eggshell, £41 for 2.5 litres, both Little Greene.

All prices and stockists correct at time of publishing