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As we head to the middle of January, no doubt all the decorations have been packed away and now our rooms look dull and uninspiring, so maybe now is the time to add a touch of colour and focus to some of your rooms … Linda Parker has some bright ideas
Your new home may still look fresh and clean, but the removal of a glittering tree and all the associated festive fripperies can leave the most tasteful décor looking somewhat dreary. January is a great time for a review of your colour schemes, perhaps starting off with one or two pieces (it’s January sale time, after all!) and some plans for spring-time revitalisation.
We were delighted to hear that Pantone’s colour of the year for 2019 is Living Coral, which is a gorgeous warm and cheerful shade – just right for adding a ‘zing’ to neutral schemes, or for adding a breath of fresh air to darker schemes. So, in the spirit of ‘New Year, New Looks’, here are some bright new colour ideas to get you through the rest of the winter gloom! And don’t forget, we would love to see some pics of your colourful Anwyl home – do get in touch by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram Anwyl Homes
The best seat in the house …
A sofa is undoubtedly a big investment, but getting it just right can focus a colour scheme and add a sophisticated, grounded touch. The Darwin Grand sofa in Hydrangea cotton-linen from Darlings of Chelsea is a timeless, classic square-arm design that will look perfectly at ease in a modern home.
A featured wall …
The trend for feature or focal-point walls is still going strong – and it’s a straightforward way of adding a ‘wow’ factor to a simple decorating scheme. We love the idea of a bold and colourful single wall to add style and creativity to a scheme. And of course, the best part is that it’s a ‘January Job’ that won’t take too long to do! Consider this vinyl wall mural from Pixers – there are lots of gorgeous bedlinen designs available to transform a dull room, too.
Lighting up time …
Keep dark mornings (and evenings!) at bay with a cheerful lamp … if you’re happy with the current shade of your walls and sofa but just want to add a bit of ‘oomph’ a new lamp (or even just a new lampshade!) is a quick and effective adjustment. We’re rather keen on the stunning new range of shades and bases by Anna Jacobs, the base is crystal glass with a colour co-ordinated visible cord and a bold Flying Peacock canvas shade. Lots of other colour combinations available so it’s easy to adjust to your favourite colour scheme …
Green themes …
Green is a fresh, natural shade that can breath a new lease of life into a dull scheme – we’ve loved the popularity of jungle greens and leafy designs that have been prominent in the interior design world for the last year or so. Adding plants and greenery to your new home is a sure-fire way of creating a homely, welcoming look, and of course, plants can also act as space-fillers whilst new home-owners are saving up for big-ticket items or even whilst pinning down their new decorating scheme. We rather like this scheme using accessories from Sainsbury’s – great use of colour!
Mellow yellow …
One of the most cheerful things about January is that yes, even today as we write, there are daffodils in the shops! Out with the Christmas tree and in with the daffs! So in celebration of daffodil yellow, here are three cheerful ideas to brighten your days: From left: Sunflower towel, Sausage Dog cushion and Sunny Sunflower bedding set, all from George Home. Which can make grocery shopping that little bit more appealing …
And finally …
If you’re a little bit stuck for a single new colour scheme, or a bit wary of leaping in too soon with dramatic changes to your new home, take a little bit of inspiration from this multi-coloured scheme from Debenhams; green plants, a colourful throw and a scattering of cushions can be rotated through different rooms, with the potential of creating new looks throughout every room in your Anwyl home!