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BEAT THE BLUES WITH COLOURFUL INTERIOR DESIGN

Beat the January blues with a more colourful approach to interior design. From feature tiles to new ways with paint, here are 10 great new ways to introduce bold, dramatic colours into your home…

Words: Kara O’Reilly

1 Bold rugs
A large rug in a bold design can be the colour centre piece of the whole room. Use complementary accessories or furniture to emphasise key shades in the pattern. Sellarsbrook Yellow hand-knotted Tibetan wool rug by Suzanne Sharp, £775 per sq m, therugcompany.com

2 Dramatic paints
Interior designer Abigail Ahern has made moody hues her signature look. She recommends going the whole hog and painting everything – including ceiling, floors and woodwork – in one shade, as itcreates the illusion of more space. Abigail Ahern paints, £33 per 2.5l emulsion, abigailahern.com

3 A colourful bathtub
Forget white sanitary ware – instead introduce colour into your bathroom by getting your bath exterior finished in a custom shade. Tubby Torre Duo roll-top bath (can be finished in any Dulux Trade colour), from £2,613, albionbathco.com

4 Up the paint skills
You don’t have to stick to one colour when decorating a room. Use a palette of complementary paint shades to create graphic effects such as this varied-width stripe design. Paints from the Colour Futures 2016 collection, matt emulsion, £24.49 per 2.5l, dulux.co.uk

5 Custom-finished shutters
Create a cosy bedroom by decorating it in saturated shades. Colour-matched shutters can be a dramatic way to make the colour all-enveloping, as well as drawing the eye to the window as a feature. From £159 per sq m, californiashutters.co.uk

6 The statement light
Add a hit of vibrant colour in the shape of a statement pendant light. Go to town with a jaw-dropping contemporary chandelier. Eckert by Italamp, £3,125, from christopherwray.com

7 Geometric wallpaper
Cole & Son’s latest Geometric II collection includes this glorious harlequin print design, which lends itself to a papered feature wall. Prism wallpaper, £92 per 10m roll, cole-and-son.com

8 The statement sofa
A bold sofa can be bring colour into a neutral scheme. If you don’t feel quite ready to invest in bold furniture, then a selection of bright cushions are a subtler take on the same effect. Metro sofa, from £1,384, and Metro chair, from £1,005, both delcor.co.uk

9 Pick out architectural details
Pick out architectural details with a strong paint shade to add interest to a room. Skirtings, door frames, chimney breasts and coving can look dramatic when painted in colour. Aloe Spike and Winter Sedge matt emulsion, £36 per 2l, paintbyconran.com

10 Adventurous tiling 
Use patterned tiles to introduce colour into functional rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen. Take the lead from this en-suite and run floor tiles up the wall, a design by the new Drummonds Bathroom Design Service. drummonds-uk.com

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