BRIGHT UPDATES FOR A SPRING LIVING ROOM

01 April 2016

‘Be brave with striking colour combinations and customised details to refresh your living room this season’, Sam Grigg, stylist

View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp. View of living room in daylight. NORNAS bookcase, mustard yellow EKERÖ chair, green STOCKHOLM chair and angular ÅSTORP floor lamp.

THE PALETTE

‘These colours pick up on a current trend for spring – mixing pastel shades with deeper tones, in this case mustard yellow with a shot of emerald green. The pale pink works really well to calm the brightness down a level, softening the effect. Layering the colours with textiles, pictures and accessories helps pull them together into a harmonious look.’  

MAKE UNIQUE DIP-DYED CURTAINS

‘First, dip the curtains into in a container of water and let the water go up a bit higher than where you want the topmost part of the dye. Then take them out and mix up cold-water dye in the same container. Finally, dip the curtains back in, to 15cm below where your waterline is. Once the fabric is dyed, hang the curtains up to dry, then sew on a pompom trim to finish.’

CREATE WITH PAINT AND TEXTILES

‘Untreated wood furniture is great for customising. We painted this sideboard in green and covered the back with a nature-themed fabric for spring. To try this, remove the back and cover with fabric. Paint the rest of the unit, wait for it to dry and then fix the back in place.’

MIX MASCULINE AND FEMININE

‘Masculine elements and neutral or darker colours keep the look balanced – the angular floor lamp and dark wood table here add an edge to a corner furnished with pink curtains, pom-poms and butterfly prints.’

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‘Add layers of interest – like lace behind the curtains to soften the light, blossoms in tall vases for a spring feel and earthier textures and colours to bring warmth’

Sam Grigg, stylist