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Give your home a ‘pop’ of colour this autumn…

December 1st 2014
By: Melanie Hollidge
Give your home a ‘pop’ of colour this autumn…

The new design buzz word this season is ‘pop’, a pop of colour, which is basically when you brighten up a neutral colour palette in a room such as navy blue, black or grey by adding an injection of colour.
 
Oranges, teals, yellows, pale pinks are all really in mode this autumn if used as an accent colour. By adding one of these colours into your cushions, ornaments or curtains, will instantly give your room a fresh, up-to-date style. Eclectic style is still very much in vogue, so be brave and buy some new cushion covers where the pattern is different, but keep the colour theme the same.  By adding an iconic piece of furniture to a room in a bright orange, teal blue, or yellow will really give a burst of autumn colour to your interior.
 
Main base colours this autumn are inky blues, available in soft furnishing, and wallpapers, this colour added to a plain white room adds a really cosy but chic feel. If you would like to inject this colour into your walls then check out Drawing Room Blue estate emulsion, £36 for 2.5l. If you have a plain black sofa that has removable covers, try dying them with a teal blue, this will give the black covers a lovely warm, dark blue hue. The secret to successful dying is to not add too much to the machine at any one time and add the recommended amount of salt, the most economic way to buy salt is to use the same salt as you would use in your dishwasher.
 
Using teal as an accent colour on one wall or mixed with a wall of wallpaper is stunning in a traditional style home, wooden paneling painted in teal really does give the wow factor, check out Fired Earth South Bank Elements, it’s lovely and rich and chalky, £35.50 for a 2.5l tin. If you are feeling brave then you could also paint the paneling wall and door to match, perhaps changing the hue by one shade, and for the really brave home owners, how about painting the ceiling in a teal colour.
 
Eastern textiles are also still having an influence in the design world, with their intricate designs, and golds, blacks and greys, they are perfect if you would like to inject some Eastern flavours into your home.  Animal prints are really in fashion, as well as butterflies and dragonflies, take a look at this dragonfly wallpaper from Matthew Wilson at Osborne and Little – W6650-03 wallpaper.
 
Copper is being injected into modern home designs, the rawness of this metal and it’s brassy quality works perfectly with inky blues and teals. Introduce it to your home in the form of towel rails, shelving or lights for a bang up to date look.