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Bring on the Brights

As we near the end of a dreary wet winter and look forward to the arrival of spring, what better way to celebrate than to inject your home with some colour? With turbulent times in the outside world, and the weather changing almost daily, it’s time to make your home a haven – a heartwarming place to escape to and unwind. Injecting colour into your home can completely transform your mood, improving happiness, relaxation and overall wellbeing.

Whether you’re introducing a hint of colour through cushions and accessories, or making a statement with bright velvets and vibrant paint colours, even the small amounts of colour can improve your overall frame of mind. Here are some of our top tips on using colour to create your very own sanctuary. 

Light Touches

Accessorising your space with brightly coloured cushions, rugs and throws is a great way to introduce touches of colour without feeling overwhelming. Adding yellow cushions to your sofas and armchairs is a great way to immediately add a pop of spring freshness to your interior. Yellow is the key colour associated with the feeling of happiness, but is most effective when used in small doses, so use sparingly!

Clockwise: Savannah scatter cushions / @designermumetc / @elevenwaikare

Colours of Nature

Bringing the outdoors in is a great way to create a relaxing and soothing environment. Introducing flowers and plants helps the mind to refocus and destress, and the colour green has long been associated with promoting a sense of calm. Combine your foliage and greenery with similar shades on cushions and furnishings for a harmonious look.

Clockwise: Freddie sofa in Royal Fern brushed linen cotton /@tribeandus / Betty armchair in Olive cotton matt velvet

Statement Pieces

If you’re feeling brave, a statement piece is a great way to transform a room, bringing bright and bold colours to the forefront. Brightly coloured velvet can brighten up a room without being too heavy as the fabric reflects light instead of absorbing it.

To stay on trend, opt for a bright orange sofa or armchair for a true injection of colour that lights up the rest of the room, as well as your mood. Representing positivity, enthusiasm and encouragement, orange (like most brights) is a great colour to use in a room with a dark interior.

L-R:Stella sofa in Paprika smart velvet / @lizziegreen.co

Colour Schemes

When considering the overall colour of a room, it’s important to consider how you want the room to make you feel. Typically, light colours help a room to feel larger and more open, resulting in a similar impact on your mood – removing the feeling of being weighed down and overwhelmed. Try not to add too many colours to a single room, as this can create a stressful and confusing environment.

Working to a colour scheme can help ensure your room is a sanctuary, and light blue paint works well with whites, greys and other blue hues to create a laid back, tranquil environment with a coastal theme. Sit back and imagine lying on the beach, listening to the waves, far away from the rush of everyday life.

Clockwise: @fieldandco_interior_design / Teddy sofa in Eucalyptus smart cotton / Snowdrop sofa in Eagle dappled viscose wool

Pink is another hue that can be used to ensure a theme runs harmoniously through a room. Pink evokes feelings of love, sensitivity and calmness, so is perfect for creating a space designed to allow you to switch off and unwind. Combine pastel pinks in furniture and cushions with greys, whites an neutrals for the ultimate haven with a slight feminine touch. 

Clockwise: Iggy chaise sofa in Squirrel cotton matt velvet / @hornsby_style@sarahlovesinteriors


If you’re deciding on the best colours to introduce to your home, we’d always recommend ordering samples of fabrics and paint colours to check that it looks as good in your home as it does online. We offer free fabric swatches to allow you to match them to the room, find out more and order your free samples here: www.sofa.com/gb/free-samples

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