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6 tips to brighten up your home from sofa specialist ScS

Em Morley - May 20, 2020

With the country still under lockdown, many have turned their attention to sprucing up their homes. This could also be worthwhile for any landlords with unoccupied properties.

Sofa and carpet specialist ScS has put together its top tips on how to add a splash of colour to your rooms, as well as which neutral shades to match them with:

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1. Match red with light blue and brown

Red is a powerful colour and used incorrectly, can make a room look overwhelming or intimidating. However, red can also create feelings of warmth and cosiness, depending on what it is matched with.

Consider adding touches of light blue or teal, relaxing, yet vibrant colours that perfectly complement deep reds. A wooden base and monochrome accessories will also frame the bright colours perfectly.

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2. Match blue with millennial pink and grey

Blue is an incredibly versatile shade that can be used to create all kinds of atmospheres in a home. This colour mainly offers a calming feel, which can be amplified by combining it with pinks and greys.

Millennial or dusty pinks add a spark of playfulness, without being garish, while grey notes offer timeless elegance.

3. Match green with burnt orange, light brown and grey

Old wives’ tales will tell you that red or blue with green should never be seen, but no-one said anything about burnt orange – the fashionable newcomer that adds a homely warmth to any room.

This shade of orange is a brilliant companion for green interiors and helps to enhance the natural, organic vibe that works so well in living rooms. Light wooden furniture and grey accessories complete the look and offer an effortless finish.

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4. Match yellow with baby blue, light brown and sage

Another colour that has the power to be overbearing if misused is yellow. This bright shade brings a flash of life and energy that, if controlled, can totally transform a faded room.

Try pairing yellow with baby blue and light wood to create a beach feel and transport the mind to sandy boardwalks.

5. Match orange with yellow, brown and black

Orange doesn’t just help to bring out the best in other colours – it can also stand out on its own.

A great way to accentuate the dazzling charm that orange brings is to match it with earthy colours like brown or black. Perhaps add a yellow accessory or two to further bring out those fiery tones.

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6. Match purple with light grey and white

Purple and grey is a classic pairing in interior design, and for good reason. The combination oozes class and creates a sense of effortless luxury.

Purple relaxes the room, while light shades of grey match perfectly to bring an edgy yet sophisticated style. Add splashes of white to brighten the space and highlight the other colours.

Dale Gillespie, Head of Acquisition at ScS, said: “With so many of us stuck at home during lockdown, it’s a great opportunity to tick off those DIY jobs that we’ve been meaning to get around to.

“Many will be getting their paintbrushes out to freshen up their homes, but it can be tricky to know what colours best go with your furniture. Hopefully, our tips will give Brits a little inspiration and help them achieve the look they want.”

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