Adding a splash of colour is a quick and simple way of giving your living room a fresh new look this summer. Whether you create a bold accent wall, invest in some bright new accessories or go for a full makeover, a different shade will give your room an image overhaul.
But which of this season’s colour trends is right for you?
Opulent colours inspired by precious jewels continue to be big news for summer 2020. Jewel tones work well as pops of colour in a neutral environment and help create a sense of drama and luxury. Go for deep magentas, earthy ochres and refreshing teals to bring your interior up to date.
The temperatures are rising outside and our appetite for colours is getting warmer too. This summer, warm creams and beiges will be popular choices. You may not be able to get away anywhere exotic this year but you can give your living room a Mediterranean makeover ready for a staycation at home. To complete the look, add in some accessories in terracotta, wicker or other natural materials in earthy hues.
Don’t be afraid of the dark – navy continues to be a stylish shade for 2020. Many people worry they won’t be able to pull off such a dramatic colour but a dark navy is a great choice for a feature wall or accent pieces like sofas, cushions and painted furniture. If you’re bold enough to use navy on all your walls, balance them out with accessories and furniture in lighter neutral colours like pale grey.
Green colours can be a breath of fresh air for your home. A reminder of nature and spending time outdoors, soothing greens can have a calming effect, ideal for using in your living room where you go to relax and unwind. Avoid acid greens and limes and plump for mellow mints, stress-reducing sages and subtle olives.
Summer is always a great time to embrace the sunshine and introduce some yellow into your living space. This year, the yellow shade to go for is inspired by the simple buttercup. An ideal partner to light greys, stones and other pale neutrals, yellow walls are warm and welcoming. If you don’t fancy getting out the paintbrush, yellow accessories work really well as accent pieces and will help you keep summer going all year round.
Once you have picked a new colour, one key design trick for summer 2020 is to paint your shelving the same shade as your walls. This is particularly effective if you have any floor to ceiling shelving or box-style units.