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Ask an IKEA interior designer: welcoming colour into your home

Whether you’re trying to break a beige habit or lean further into your colour quest, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Here we’ve gathered ideas from an IKEA interior designer on how to let those pretty, pigmented hues into your living space in a way that works best for you.

A desk is covered with colourful cushion covers, paper and a green vase. A yellow RÅSKOG trolley is to the side.
A desk is covered with colourful cushion covers, paper and a green vase. A yellow RÅSKOG trolley is to the side.

Say yes to colour!

Congratulations, you’ve gone bold on your walls. Now it’s time to layer decorative accessories in a palette that makes you smile. Try a bright red wall clock, ombre glassware or an array of cushions in colourful patterns. The idea is to make it personal with accents that instantly brighten your home.

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A beige BLÅSVERK table lamp and red PLUTTIS wall clock are set off by a mustard wall. Coloured glass items sit nearby.
    PARKSALLAT cushion covers with clashing patterns sit on top of a JÄTTEBO sofa, in front of a mustard coloured wall.
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      Green plants and cut flowers poke out of KONSTFULL glass vase and PERSILLADE plant pot, on top of cabinets.

        In living colour

        An easy, natural way to bring in colour? Plants. From vibrant pots and coloured vessels to flowers and greenery, these lovelies are guaranteed to bring a space to life. Group them together to create a happy little corner in your space.

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        A brighter storage situation

        Who said shelving needs to be black or white? Colourful storage and easy-to-move trolleys in pastel hues keep a space organised yet full of personality. Or why not match your storage to your walls?

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        Two pastel EKET cabinets are next to a dark grey EKET cabinet with four compartments, underneath an arched window.
          A yellow RÅSKOG trolley is laden with vibrant cushion covers, notebooks and rolls of tickets. This is on a wooden floor.
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            Mix it up or go tonal

            Decorative pillows, bed linens and curtains add a splash of accent colour to each room. Go with a bold clash in the living area if you’re not keen on a matchy-matchy vibe, or tone in with the bedroom walls for a pleasing sleep sanctuary that’s bright yet tranquil.

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            A SVARTPOPPEL cushion cover sits on a red OSKARSHAMN wing chair. In the background a plant sits on a cabinet.
              A pink BONDTOLVAN clock on an ÄSPERÖD side table, near red curtains and floral SVARTKLINT bedding and GLADSTAD bed.
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                A gallery wall holding framed pictures sits on a bright yellow wall, with a SYMFONISK picture frame with WiFi speaker.

                  Create a gallery wall that integrates sound

                  Don’t forget, wall colour goes beyond choosing the right paint. Frame art prints, children’s drawings and photographs in a coordinated palette, then add Home Smart speakers for your very own gallery at home.

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