Mastering Monochrome

Refresh your home
with bold, beautiful colours

Warmer weather is finally here – making now the perfect time to give your home a seasonal make-over. The quickest, easiest (and most fun) way to freshen up? With beautiful colours. From sunny yellows and pretty pinks to uplifting greens and calming blues, this season’s palette is brighter than ever.

So, where do you start with your new start? Of course, you could repaint your whole room in your favourite shade and choose bold new furniture to match, but you don’t have to go all out to make a statement. Treating yourself to a wow-factor armchair or cuddler in a punchy colour or spring pattern, adding a fun footstool or even just injecting a pop of colour with a bright rug or cushions can transform your space from drab to fab in an instant – no major overhaul required.

Herald the arrival of summer with
shades of yellow from palest custard
to vibrant mustard

Make a statement

Gone are the days when sofas and armchairs all had to match. Mixing things up with different patterns and shades will give your room bags of personality. Pair a plain sofa with a spring floral patterned chair and pick cushions in similar shades to tie the two together; or if you’re feeling brave, choose a sofa that says, ‘hello sunshine’ in one of the top 2019 colour trends – yellow. Not only is the Joules Windsor yellow velvet sofa a real wow-factor piece, but it’s handcrafted in the UK and guaranteed for 15 years. Happiness all round!

DFS Capsule Roomset

Banish dark corners

Walk around your house and reconsider all the dark nooks, crannies and corners that may have been neglected. An alcove under the stairs could be given a new lease of life with a cheery-hued feature wall, a small light-coloured sideboard and a huge vase of flowers; a seldom-used spare room could take on new life as a craft room, study or mini library thanks to a small sofa bed or armchair in bright summer colours; while an awkward area of your hallway could benefit from an eye-popping (yet useful) storage footstool.

Tone up

Bright bold colours not your thing? Take home décor inspiration from the ice cream parlour and go for pastels. Stick to different tones of the same shade for a sophisticated look (think pale pink sofa with fuchsia cushions and a candyfloss toned rug) or cheer up a neutral space with accents of minty green, blush pink and pale blues for a peaceful yet pleasing living room you’ll want to spend time in.

Find your sunny spot

Bring the outside in by creating a relaxing space that’s just for you. Make the most of the beautiful spring light by placing a colourful velvet ottoman, armchair or cuddler by a south-facing window or French doors; or clear the clutter from an underused conservatory and turn it into a sun-filled reading spot.

Small space or budget? No problem

Colour can help make a big impression in even the smallest of spaces. Choose a compact nest of pale wooden tables rather than one larger coffee table; position a bright two-seater sofa opposite a window and hang a large mirror behind it to bounce light around the room; and add splashes of green with plenty of leafy plants – hang them from the ceiling if you’re short on floor space.