Use delicate shades of buttercup yellow, pinky coral and pale celadon green for the freshest spring decorating ideas.
Create depth and character by contrasting pared – back, contemporary pieces with classic styles from different eras. Toning shades of yellow unify the scheme (above).
Alcoves papered in Wild Flowers New Contemporary Two Collection, 69/11143, £72, a roll, Cole & Son. Chimney breast wallpapered in Scrapwood PHE-08, £199 a roll, Piet Hein Eek at Rockett St George. Rug, Gaїa natural flooring in Makai fibre, natural colour, £295 a sq metre, Flock Living. Rosina armchair, £495, Loaf. Sullivan coffee table, £219, Swoon Editions. White painted vintage glass front cabinet, £540, Home Barn. Linda Bloomfield pouring bottle, large, £60; Nobue Ibaraki bottle, £78; all Maud and Mabel. Mizuyo Yamashita Miniature oval sculpted vase, £60; Mizuyo Yamashita Miniature Lined sculpted vase, £60; both Maud and Mabel. Zinc centrepiece, £13.95, Pale & Interesting. Vintage mirrors, £54.95, Loop the Loop. Mizuyo Yamashita hand sculpted cups, £45, Maud and Mabel. Cushions on sofa (l-r) Scattered Fern linen, £45; Spiral Hearts linen, £59; both Clarissa Hulse. Meadows Edge, £38, Angie Lewin at St Judes. White linen cushion, £45, Design Vintage.
Brighten up a neutral scheme with accessories in primrose and lemon yellow.
Rosina armchairs, £495 each, Loaf. Scattered Fern linen cushions, £45 each, Clarissa Hulse.
By adding a coral tablecloth to a neutral dining area, the space is given an uplifting focal point. A scrubbed wood floor, striped rug and modern country pieces keep the look relaxed.
Tongue-and-groove panelling, £23 for a 60 x 120cm sheet, Scumble Goosie. Painted in Blackened Estate emulsion, £53 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Rustic table, £735; cafe bistro chairs, £95 each; both Home Barn. Tablecloth in Coral plain weave linen, £32 a sq metre, Volga Linen. Small white porcelain plates, £8 each, Design Vintage. Arles linen teatowel, £14, The Linen Works. White fluted milk jug, £24.95, Graham & Green. Two tone zinc vase, £30, French Connection. White linen napkins, £7.50 each, The Linen Works. Enamel cutlery, £44 for a four, Dee Puddy. Sue Paraskeva porcelain speckled bowl, £50, Maud and Mabel
PATTERN AT PLAY
Soften the look and feel of wooden benches and chairs with lots of cushions. Mix and match different patterns by choosing designs of a similar scale and limit the colour palette to two or three shades.
Cushions, £30 each, Bohemia at notonthehighstreet.com
SO SIMPLE SETTING
Allow the coral hue to stand out and spread its welcoming warmth by using off-white china, enamelled cutlery and napkins. Include texture with chunky earthenware and natural linen.
Tablecloth in Coral plain weave linen, £32 a sq metre, Volga Linen. Marble-effect melamine plate, £10, Rockett St George. Small white porcelain plate, £8 each, Design Vintage. Linen Napkin, £7.50, The Linen Works. Enamel cutlery, £44 for a four, Dee Puddy.
A complex combination of patterns, shapes and textures comes together to stunning effect in this vintage chic bedroom.
White Brick wallpaper, £32 a roll, Rockett St George. Peg rail, £41 per 6 peg length, Scumble Goosie. Annabelle bed, £329, Marks & Spencer. Have a seat stool as side table, £69.95, Design Vintage. Vintage chrome pendant lamp, £89, Idyll Home. Crushed linen Seagreen duvet cover, £265 for a double, pillowcases, £45 each, all Volga Linen. Ticking quilt, £145, Design Vintage. White and Grey linen cushions, £45 each, Design Vintage. John Robson Ikat cushion, £79; John Robson Charua cushion, £89; both Idyll Home. Nobue Ibaraki bottle, £70, Maud and Mable. Victoria medicine bottles, £10, Home Barn. Kiko zinc frame portrait, £12.95, Nkuku.
Metallic details add an extra layer of interest to a simple colour scheme and this tin trunk is perfectly suited to the retro theme.
Metal trunk, £89 for for two, Idyll Home. Classic Clarendon cushion, £65, Tori Murphy. Tumbler, £14, Re.
BETTER BY NATURE
Contrast the hard lines white brickwork walls with a collection of shapely vases filled with fresh blooms.
Rustic drawer chest, £1,495; painted Carver armchair, £225; both Home Barn. John Robson Ikat cushion, £79, Idyll Home. Ribbed vase, £55; footed clear Mari bowl, £19; both I&JL Brown. Nobue Ibaraki bottle, £70, Maud and Mable. Grey candlestick, £35 for a pair, Pimernel & Partners. Cakestands, from £29 each; Old Chippendale glass jug, £30; all Re. American tin tile, £16, Dee Puddy. Pleat lamp, £145, Original BTC.
Originally posted 2016-04-19 19:04:42.