Embrace unexpected colour combinations
Forest green has the uncanny ability to bring a sense of the great outdoors into a room, while still making it feel cosy. Combine accents of this rich shade with a subtle lilac backdrop, for a calming look with a modern twist. For a quick update with guaranteed impact, try refreshing some tired wooden chairs with a lick of paint. Renovating old furniture is so much easier than you might expect. Watch our quick guide to see how you can embrace the art of upcycling.
Get creative with a personalised motif
On the hunt for a unique look that will be the talk of dinner parties? It’s time to embrace your creative side with a hand-painted motif. A strip of honeycomb shapes in a collection of earthy colours will draw the eye and inject a sense of playfulness to your scheme. Finish the scene with accessories in subtle gold accents. They’re unquestionably festive, but they’ll also bring a timeless elegance to your interior. See how to paint your very own hexagon honeycomb with our quick video guide.
Find your focus with a feature wall
Adding a vibrant splash of colour to a crisp white space is a swift yet sensational effect that adds instant interest and is sure to impress guests. For something a little different, try extending a bold shade, such as dark teal, beyond a chimney breast. For the perfect straight line between colours, use this quick and clever string technique. And if your newly painted focal point just so happens to frame a fireplace? Well, Santa will thank you for it.
Add length with a clever layered effect
There’s a reason why we’re all hooked on grey in its many guises – it’s a chic neutral that’s both timeless and versatile. It also makes for the perfect backdrop to a lively kitchen that can transition from family hub and homework zone, to grown-up entertaining space all in one day. Add some flair to your dining area with a two-tone effect. The split across the room will make the space appear longer and choosing a darker shade along the bottom will help to conceal any scrapes and scuffs.
Go for darker colours in smaller spaces
When it comes to small spaces, people often automatically turn to lighter shades to make them feel bigger. Actually, using a dark colour in a small room, particularly a navy, or dark grey, tricks the eye into thinking the area is much more expansive than it actually is. So, if you’re entertaining guests in a cosy kitchen, a coat of dark blue could be just the ticket to creating an elegant Christmas cocoon that will keep on giving all year round.