Living room interior design: Colour blast

Take a look at how to add effective blasts of colour into your living room with our expert advice.

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New looks for Spring 2014, take a look at how to add effective blasts of colour into your living room with our expert advice. 

GALLERY IMAGE: Saturday ;pve seat in Bute Melrose wool/nylon mix fabric in Forget Me Not, with oak legs, (H)88x(W)130x(D)115cm, £1,270, Sofa.com

‘Bright colours have a firm foothold in the interior spotlight, and whether decorating a contemporary apartment or period townhouse, vibrant shades will add intensity and life to a scheme. Consider the colour proportions, as too many together can feel slightly pre-school.

A neutral scheme with a select few bold tones will pack a punch while remaining elegant and stylish – a single pink chair in a pale grey room makes a greater impact than an entire pink room; greys and stone tones are a perfect backdrop and are softer on the eye than stark white. Great on-trend combinations include grey and bright yellow, pale blue and fuchsia or navy and lime. Bright furniture and accessories will alter the feel of a space without a complete redecoration.’

Lindsey Rendall, creative director at interior design company Rendall & Wright

Garston love seat in Cardinal Red polyester / cotton mix velvet fabric with beech legs, (H)89x(W)140x(D)94cm, £499, Made.com 
Monty love seat in Peacock brushed cotton fabric, with weathered oak legs, (H)84x(W)140x(D)98cm, £1,195, Loaf.
Cotton Love Tub chair in Lemgrass cotton fabric, with oak legs, (H)73.5x(W)90x(D)70cm, £565, Oliver Bonas.
Wall painted in Velvet Ribbon 5, Electric Blue, Martian Skies 1, Holiday Blues 2, Cool State, Mystic Mauve 1, £24.49 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion, Dulux.

 

Design Tip:

Try classic colour combinations, such as grey and yellow or black and orange, and, once you have confidence, push the boundaries, using red with purple, or teal and green. At the Milan Furniture Fair, pastel pink was teamed with mint green.’

Audrey Carden, co-founder of Carden Cuniett