It's all about colour!
We might be heading into winter, but that doesn't mean our interiors can't be filled with colour.
We all know that pink has gone from frilly and feminine to blushing. Combine pink with lime green and orange and you've got a room exploding with colour. For just a dash of contrast, add some black and white cushions in pretty patterns. Pop into your local Builders Warehouse paint section and grab some colour swatches to take home. This colour combination works well with any style of home - and any season.
Combine shades of fresh green with wood accents for a more toned down but still colourful room setting. Add a few potted plants and you can make an inner-city space feel like it's out in the country. Adding a few plants also freshens up the air quality, and we know this will come in handy if you live in a built-up area.
Pair greens with neutral colours and then mix it up with a splash of yellow. Shop for fabrics that bring together all these colours and make your own cushions covers. Or look out for cotton, linen, hessian or burlap and use this to recover an ottoman or footstool.
Spray painting secondhand or dated furniture is also something to consider to freshen up a space. A light sanding and a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum 2X leafy green will quickly brighten up a room.
This contemporary room is all about in-your-face colour with it's bright yellow tub chairs. The walls and curtains are all a dark grey, allowing the chairs to take centre stage.
One of the most affordable ways to add interest to a room is to add patterned or colourful cushions - and these are also great for warming up a room during the chilly months of the year.
Don't be afraid to mix and match colours, prints and patterns - combine different shapes, sizes and textures. If you're not sure what's going to work in your living room, take hints from other furnishings already in the room, for example a patterned rug.
Don't worry if you can't settle on a particular style... eclectic is in! Who cares if you combine modern furniture with dated pieces. If they look good and you're happy that's all that matters! Incorporate colours from the opposite side of the colour wheel with orange / yellow and blue. While blues calm and cool, orange adds zest and energy.
Fabrics with a bit of stretch are easy to work with when making slipcovers for a boxy sofa, plus they are easier to get on and off. Choose a fabric that not only makes a colour statement, but brings pattern and texture to a room.