Being a lover of bold colour, I am always on the look out for ways in which to add a flash of colour into our home. Whether it’s by up cycling a trestle table in a brilliantly bright colour choice or adding a vibrant throw to the bed, I enjoy mixing up the colour combinations and creating a talking point.

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.Creating Colour Shots
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Adding colour into the home doesn’t always have to be extreme. I love how small pops of bright colour can still create as big a statement as painting all the walls for example in a strong colour tone. This way, you can also start small scale and build it up.
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Here’s a few ideas:
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Colour Shot Number One
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Add a individual item of furniture to spark colour into a room.
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Pictured: Chest of drawers which I up cycled in a colour popping yellow. (Check out the story in more detail on my previous blog post here).
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Choosing a contrasting yellow, helps the piece of furniture to advance away from the strong blue wall behind it.
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Colour Shot Number Two
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Consider a bright throw for the bed to add a splash of colour
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Pictured: Bright Yellow Bed Throw from John Lewis to add warmth to the bedroom and contrast with the strong blue of our bedroom walls.
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Yellow: Thought to help spark creativity, it stands out and brings vibrance and life to a room.
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Colour Shot Number Three
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If you’re feeling brave and want to pack a punch, then how about considering a strong paint colour for the walls!
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Pictured: Bedroom walls painted in Porthole Blue from B&Q’s valspar range
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Blue: Thought of as a calming colour and helps the body to relax and calm the spirit, therefore helpful for a calming dining room or bedroom.
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Colour Shot Number Four
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Consider your accessories to add a shot of colour. For example in the kitchen, you could opt for bright coloured appliances or look to fill glass jars with food in colourful packaging or perhaps you have a bold coloured porcelain piece!
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Pictured: Placing a few accent colour accessories together on a shelf in the bathroom. I’ve opted for both contrasting colours as well as differing patterns to help create a flourish of colour.
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Colour Shot Number Five
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Material details
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A really sophisticated and simple way to add colour is by considering the soft furnishings. Colourful cushions, quilts and fabrics can very quickly and cleverly add touches of colour accents to the room
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Pictured: Mairi Helena velvet cushions from the ‘Scottish Thistle’ range
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Colour Shot Number Six
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Never forget the flowers! Fresh flowers are a must have – an easy addition which very quickly lifts the mood of the room. Also floral prints really help to create a light hearted, happy feel to the room.
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Pictured: Scottish heather on the mantelpiece, featuring our Mairi Helena Harris Green Thistle wallpaper in the background
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Colour Shot Number Seven
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Pay attention to your lighting – a patterned, statement lampshade can very quickly become a major talking point for the room. If you’d prefer to opt for a plain, neutral shade, then why not consider a colourful cord?
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Pictured: Mairi Helena bold colour drum lampshades from the Scottish Thistle collection, to help add a pop of colour into any living space. Here we have used a bronze braided cord – you ca find similar on eBay.
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Colour Shot Number Eight
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Floors and ceilings also play a huge part in helping to add colour into a room. Consider a colourful rug, or patterned tiles
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Pictured: Hand painted patterned tiles from the Winchester range to create a Moroccan themed tiled feature wall in the bathroom.
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Colour Shot Number Nine
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Often we think of a bold artwork for the wall to create a powerful statement. How about taking it one step further and use a colourful abstract art wallpaper to create a eye catching feature wall.
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Bringing the outdoors in to the living room. Decorating the living room with reclaimed wood furniture
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Pictured: A cheerful statement art wall in the living room, using the Mairi Helena Harris Green thistle wallpaper around the fireplace.
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Colour Shot Number Ten
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It’s all in the details…you can add colour stories by clever arrangement of books and accessories on a shelf, or patterned wallpaper behind the book shelf itself! Think outside the box. Here’s a few inspiration pics:
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Red: A confident colour, red is associated with increasing enthusiasm and is thought of as a stimulant. It supposedly encourages action and therefore is good to consider for a study or office.
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So 10 ideas to consider when contemplating how to add colour into your interiors! I hope you enjoy reading and that it’s sparked a few ideas for your own home. Let me know how you get on!
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