Decorate with colour

How to add colour to your home

This season’s trend colours – turquoise, yellow and orange – are all about the bright, which is perfect for taking a room from wintry-dull to fresh and spring-like. Not sure where to start? Mother Nature does colour combos like a pro – take her lead for how to style your space.

Here, we show you how to create three different colour schemes: bold and bright; soft touch; and a pop of colour in a neutral room.

Bold and bright


Can’t choose just one trend colour? Try all three together – these Macaw parrots show how stunning this combination can look. Add a dose of tropical sunshine across furniture, lighting and textiles.

Tip: For this look, you could have a base of white walls, or choose one of the nature colours to paint a feature wall.

GAVIK
GAVIK table amp
Table lamp €15
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POÄNG
POÄNG Armchair, birch veneer & Granån blue
Armchair €85
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JONOSFÄR
new JONOSFÄR Pendant lamp
Pendant lamp €14
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SPRINGKORN
new SPRINGKORN cushion cover
Cushion cover €4
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BRUKBAR
BRUKBAR Glass
Glass €1.20
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ÄPPLARÖ
ÄPPLARÖ Table/stool
Table/stool €30
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TINDRA LJUV
TINDRA LJUV Scented candle in glass
Scented candle
€4/3-pack
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GLÄNTA
new GLÄNTA Tablecloth
Tablecloth €15/ea
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SPRINGKORN
new SPRINGKORN rug
Rug €20/ea
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ROTERA
new ROTERA latern for tealights
Latern €4
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IKEA PS 2012
IKEA PS 2012 Bench with shoe storage
Bench €40
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GRÄVA
GRÄVA Plant pot
Plant pot €15/ea
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Soft touch


It radiates sunshine and happiness, but a whole room in bright yellow isn’t for everyone. The Frangipani flower shows how fading to pale yellow and white softens this upbeat tint.

Tip: Ease your way into a bold shade with a range of items from bright to pale, arranged against a white background.

LAMPAN
LAMPAN Table lamp
Table lamp €3
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IKEA PS VÅGÖ
IKEA PS VÅGÖ easy chair
Easy chair €30
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TROFAST
TROFAST storage combination
Storage combination €50.50
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IKEA PS 2012
IKEA PS 2012 pendent lamp
Pendent lamp £130
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FLORERA FIN
new FLORERA FIN unscented block candle
Block candle €2.50
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KRITTER
KRITTER Children's chair
Children's chair €12.50
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BILD
new BILD poster
Poster €11
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ROTERA
new ROTERA latern for tealights
Lantern for tealights €4
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RYMLIG
new RYMLIG Napkin holder
Napkin holder €1.75
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IKEA PS 2012
IKEA PS 2012 Stool
Stool €30
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MALM
MALM Chest of 3 drawers
Chest of 3 drawers €50
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GURLI
GURLI Cushion cover
Cushion cover €4
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Pop of colour


Think of this as a low-risk look – adding one bright piece to a neutral space. Just as a Robin’s red breast brings a vibrant streak to the garden, an orange stool is enough to pep up a beige room.

 Tip: A neutral base doesn’t have to be just one colour – see how the Robin’s feathers range from brown to grey to cream.
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SOMMARMYS
new SOMMARMYS Tealight holder
Tealight holder €1.25
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KNIPSA
KNIPSA Basket
Basket €18
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ROXÖ
ROXÖ Stool
Stool €10
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LACK
LACK Side table
Side table €9
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LACK
LACK Coffee table
Coffee table €30
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SANELA
SANELA Cushion cover
Cushion cover €10
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KARLSTAD
KARLSTAD Footstool
Footstool €145
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RITVA
RITVA Throw
Throw €9
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IKEA PS 2012
IKEA PS 2012 Three-seat sofa
3-seat sofa €745
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MAJKEN
MAJKEN Fabric
Fabric €7/meter
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SNUDDA
SNUDDA Lazy Susan
Lazy Susan €6
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ÖDESTRÄD
ÖDESTRÄD Quilt cover and 4 pillowcases
Quilt cover and 4 pillowcases €10
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