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The interior design trend that's not for the faint-hearted

Neutral used to be the buzz word in interior design, but these days individuality is also making its presence felt, leading to the rise of a far bolder palette. Equally, apps such as Pinterest, Houzz and Dulux Vizualiser have all been encouraging homeowners to be more daring, providing a wealth of inspiration for bright and brave designs.

In terms of colour, dark interiors are proving increasingly popular. This alternative to the scandi-chic trend has been building over the last few years and has seen designers swap chrome taps for matte black ones, for example, both in kitchens and bathrooms. 

Shades such as Farrow & Ball’s Railings (a soft black with blue undertones) and Down Pipe (a dramatic lead grey) are bringing this moody, sophisticated look into our homes and onto our walls. It's true that darker colours have a tendency to make a space look smaller, but you can counteract this by leaving the top third of walls white.

For those looking to make a bright and bold statement rather than a dark and mysterious one, botanical prints and colours are also very much en vogue – think floral patterns, dark greens and clay pinks.

Being bold is all about balance. I would recommend a light flooring if you are going to go for darker walls. You should aim for a 70/30 ratio: 70 per cent neutral colours and 30 per cent bold statement.

Whichever look you favour, the three main considerations when redesigning your home are mood, size and natural light. Mistakes happen and designs can go very wrong when these three things have not been considered. For example, in a regularly used room with no or little natural light it would not be a great idea to use a dark colour scheme as it wouldn't help to reflect or bounce light.

Making a successful statement means walking the fine line between being bold and being brash. Remember there is no one size fits all when it comes to interiors. If you're putting your home on the market you should consider the demographic you are hoping to sell or let to, the area your home is located in, and who it is likely to appeal to. As this home in Mile End Road, London, clearly shows, it can pay to be bold, but make your statements with caution.


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