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Article by Sarah Giles | 14th August 2019

Look On The Bright Side!

Let summer into your home with a splash of vibrant colour.

Sometimes all you need is just one small element in a wow colour to really transform a room and give it a proper summer vibe. And even when the weather is less than summery, a zingy shade or two indoors will lift the spirits and add a different kind of sunshine to your home!

Table dressing

If you’re having friends or family to lunch, vibrant chinaware will give the whole dining table an instant lift, and we love the two new platter designs that Indigenous has recently added to its Provence Chinaware range. Made for serving and sharing, the new oval and rectangular platters come in six fab colours, and are designed to match the collection’s rustic bowls, cups, jugs and plates. Handmade from clay sourced in the South of France, the collection has a distinct “earthy” Mediterranean look. Each piece of pottery is made in a mould or turned on a potter’s wheel and then lightly rubbed before firing, to bring out the clay’s natural tone. A hand-painted glaze, coloured with natural oxides, is then applied – the colours include dark green, cherry red, navy blue, orange, yellow and turquoise.

Let the sun shine

In the garden, John Lewis have a fabulous new range of blindingly bright outdoor chairs, sofas and occasional tables in colourways with evocative names like Orange Sunrise and Palm, but whatever the weather’s doing outside, Style Studio’s gorgeous Peyton Mimosa curtains will make it feel as though the sun is streaming in. On the sunniest of days, outdoor spaces can be screened or shaded with the bright yellow of Sunbrella’s indoor/outdoor window fabric, made with exclusive solution-dyed acrylic fibres so that they are easy to maintain and very durable.

Bling the zing!

On the walls, Erismann, a vinyl textured wallpaper in the lovely bright red Japanese botanical print  would make an amazing feature wall, and in the kitchen a traditional Harvey Jones Shaker kitchen can be brought right up to date with a zingy paint shade on one or more of the cabinets – you can have pretty much any colour you choose, and the great thing is that if you tire of it, it can easily be changed. And who would have thought that avocado bathrooms would come back into vogue? But it’s true – the new Bisazza Bogno basin from The Mahdavi Collection by CP Hart is in the exact shade that pre-millennials spent decades painstakingly removing from bathrooms up and down the country. If you look at avocado with new eyes and an open mind, though, it’s actually a rather nice, fresh colour for a modern bathroom. There, I’ve said it!

On cue colour

Once you’ve introduced some bright china, a snappy bedspread or two and some show-stopper curtains, you may well find yourself becoming addicted to having zingy brights around you… and if that happens, fear not: there are plenty of long-term additions you can opt for.

The Origine Single bath from the Albion Bath Company, for example, could be in any Dulux Trade or Farrow & Ball colour. The bath is made using Albion’s unique Iso-Enamel material – an amalgam of high technology resin and a special reinforced mineral. Mixed in Albion’s own factory, it’s then cast into moulds and allowed to harden. The result is a strong, durable and luxurious construction that will last for years – not to mention keeping your bath water hotter, as the material insulates rather than loses heat!

It’s the perfect bath if space is at a premium too, measuring only 1620mm long x 635mm wide x 600mm in height, the Origine will nestle nicely into a tight space that other baths can’t reach.

Image Narla double bed frame, £929, Amelie table lamp, £189, velour piped cushion, £39, Destiny rug, £249, all from Furniture Village (furniturevillage.co.uk)

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