Price Points: Non-white white goods

Swan Retro SDW7040BLN standard dishwasher, blue Gorenje ORK193 free-standing fridge freezer, lime green Smeg CPF9GPOR 90cm 'Portofino' cooker with Pyro oven and gas hob, orange

White goods are so… blah. Remember when computers were only available in grey or beige boxes? Then Apple came along with its curvy, candy-coloured iMacs – revolutionary!

A similar revolution is currently under way with kitchen appliances. It began with the smaller ones – kettles and toasters. Brands like Dualit began collaborating with other companies such as Liberty of London, Selfridges and Little Greene to produce special-edition toasters in the latter’s colours and patterns.

Now, it’s the turn of non-white white goods. Smeg began the march of colour with their fridge-freezers and others are joining in. Stoves, cooker hoods and washer-driers used to be large expanses of white, black or stainless steel. Appliances once were drab, now they’re being produced in a range of rainbow colours. Life’s too short to be lived in monochrome!

  1. Swan Retro SDW7040BLN standard dishwasher, blue: £449.00, ao.com
  2. Gorenje ORK193 free-standing fridge freezer, lime green: £899.00, John Lewis
  3. Smeg CPF9GPOR 90cm ‘Portofino’ cooker with Pyro oven and gas hob, orange: £1,721.78

Get their Look: Blue & copper kitchen

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Blue isn’t our obvious ‘go to’ colour for interior decoration, however, this blue & copper kitchen is just soooo gorgeous!

It may be compact, but what it doesn’t have in space it more than makes up for in style. Copper fixtures & fittings make a welcome change from the usual stainless steel. The cupboards and shelves are all handmade and those tiles… those tiles! The turquoise scallop tiled wall is the star of the show. The shades of blue work so well with the walnut wood.

Wraparound shelves and work surfaces are kept clear of all but the most necessary and oft used of items – kettle, bread bin, mugs, knives and utensils. Keeping clutter at bay helps to keep the space light and airy.

  1. Paris Cabaret turquoise scallop tiles
  2. KGE36AW40G Bosch fridge freezer
  3. 4-piece copper-plated utensil set
  4. Neff D5855X0GB 73cm Wide canopy cooker hood, silver metallic
  5. Neff T41D82X2 Induction hob, black
  6. Neff U17S32N3GB Electric built-under double oven, stainless steel
  7. CDA Belfast 59.5cm x 47.5cm ceramic kitchen sink
  8. Schulte-Ufer 64020-12 Pitty mini-saucepan
  9. Le Parfait glass storage jars
  10. Idrotech 314 brushed copper, kitchen mixer tap
  11. Schulte-Ufer Nimm SET1034 pot set 4–loop, 4–piece

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Home tones: blending multiple colours

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No matter where you live, it’s crucial to make sure that your home feels comfortable and welcoming. Whether you’re living in a cosy little place that’s short on space but big in personality, or you’re trying to make it work with a one-bedroomed apartment, there are plenty of ways to add something special to your home with some careful interior decorating.

When it comes to home decorating, we often approach our projects from a range of different angles, choosing colours and objects that appeal to our personal tastes or create specific emotions. However, the way that you blend multiple colours throughout a home can have a huge impact on your interior atmosphere. Here, we’re going to give you some tips on how you can blend colours effectively to have the best interior design results.

Bright yellow armchair in a wood panelled room

Use bright colours to create space

Many people assume that the best way to create space in a small room is by using a lot of white – but this might not be the answer. Whether you’re making the most out of a tiny bathroom or living room, consider using vibrant colours such as yellows and blues to add space to your home. Just try to make sure that the hues you choose aren’t too dark. The idea should be to stick with bright, pastel-based colours instead.

Rose pink & grey sofa and cushions

Add depth to a room with complex colours

If you want an interior design that has plenty of depth and meaning, then make sure that you use a range of colours that deliver a deeper atmosphere. Rather than going for bright primary colours or simple hues, consider eggshell whites and dusty pinks – the kind of colours that evoke emotions and bring certain situations to mind. You can even use colours from your past in certain rooms to remind you of fond memories. For instance, if you had yellow in your kitchen as a child, you might choose to decorate your new kitchen with yellow accents.

Colourful folding shutters in shades of blue & green

Provide splashes of colour with shutters

Most people add colour to otherwise bland rooms with paintings, throws and rugs, but it’s important to remember that you can have an equally powerful effect by installing coloured full-height shutters. Not only will these shutters help you to control the amount of light and noise that enters your home, but you’ll also be able to add bright splashes of your favourite hues without worrying about a pattern becoming too overwhelming.

Yellow upholstered desk chair

Use relaxing colours to help you unwind

Though it can sometimes be tempting to use dark and seductive colours in the bedroom, such as red and purple, it’s important to remember that these colours can generate appetites and raise your blood pressure. Instead, you should be opting for colours that prompt relaxation. In bathrooms and bedrooms, stick to cooler colours such as blues and soft greens to help provide a calming atmosphere at the time when you need it most. Remember, the darker the shade you choose, the more significant the impact will be. To avoid going too far with colour, it may be helpful to choose one feature wall and keep the rest in soft shades.

Green bathroom wall

Choose flattering colours in the bathroom

If you know a colour that suits you particularly well, then that’s usually the one that you should choose for your bathroom decoration. The bathroom is where a lot of people go to check themselves out, do their make-up, or sort out their hair for a big night, so you want to make sure that your bathroom makes you feel as confident as possible. Try mixing numerous colours that blend well together, such as soft greens and darker forest colours.

Green and yellow patterned cushions

Encourage optimism with yellows and oranges

Finally, if you struggle to find your optimism from time to time, why not introduce some brighter colours around the home that could help to keep you smiling? Yellow and orange can promote optimism, and they’re perfect for use in a sun room or an enclosed front porch. When used towards the entrance of the home, yellow and bright-coloured paints can help to give you an extra dose of optimism before you tackle the day ahead.

Bedroom/study with bright orange wall

Choosing colour for decoration

When it comes to decorating, we frequently find ourselves choosing favourite colours and hues without thinking about the impact that these shades might have on our emotions. Thinking carefully about the way that you blend colours throughout your house could not only add extra depth to your decorating efforts but also ensure that you have better control over your day-to-day emotions.

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Monthly Mood Board: Monochrome

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A monochrome interior need not be boring. What it lacks in colour, it can more than make up for with pattern, texture, tactility… and humour.

  1. Vitra Utensilo black: £177.00 – £219.00, Heal’s
  2. Mima Le Chat print: £42, Bodie and Fou
  3. KLIPPAN two-seat sofa, Storlien black/white: £175, IKEA
  4. Bobby desk lamp: £12.60, Habitat
  5. Vintage ivory 10kg weighing scales, black & white gingham scales: £3.26, Etsy
  6. Smeg A4-BL-8 dual fuel range cooker, gloss black: £2669, John Lewis
  7. Marimekko Siirtolapuutarha Dots espresso cup & plate: £26, Heal’s

Gimme Five! Pantone

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selection of 5 products based on Pantone colours

Pantone has long been THE authority in global, fashionable colour. Don’t we all know that they have declared emerald green the colour of 2013? It was only a matter of time before products would be produced that were designed around the Pantone theme. Here are five of our choosing…

  1. Pantone tea set – teapot – £50, milk jug – £9-18, sugar bowl – £25
  2. Pantone Universe set of 6 placemats in gift box – £30
  3. Pantone folding chairs – £48.00
  4. PANTONE The 20th Century in Color – £17.27
  5. Underpantones