How to introduce colour and pattern into your home, with advice from Emma Deterding of Kelling Designs

It’s time to be brave! Liven up your room with the colours we often neglect – it is easier to use than you think.

Your home should be a true reflection of your personality and be a place that you love. For a long time, neutral, minimalist schemes have been at the forefront, with people being unsure of how to introduce bright hues and prints into their homes.

Emma Deterding, Founder and Creative Director of Kelling Designs and KDLoves, has created her guide to adding colour and pattern to the home with ease.


An easy way to introduce colour to any room is to go bold with your walls. Whether you opt for a beautiful, bright paint colour, or choose a wallpaper in a vivid tone, you can really transform a room quickly and easily. The key is to choose a colour that you love and introduce it to all the walls as opposed to just a 'feature wall'. Choose a shade that complements your existing furniture and accessories for a cohesive look, or if you're feeling brave, then go all out and use colours that clash to release your inner maximalist.

How to add colour

Shop: Phil chair in Bethie Tricks £1,800, Sudbury side table £720, Emma lampshade from £165; KDLoves

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If you have any built-in joinery, then try livening them up by adding paint or wallpaper to the backs of the shelving. You could use the same paint or paper as your walls, or choose different shades and prints for added interest. If you have storage cabinets or are lucky enough to have a full-sized drinks cabinet, paint a mural on the insides of the doors to create a focal point when you're entertaining – you could get an artist in to do this, or create your own with your family for that extra, personal touch.

Shop: Townhouse Project – Bespoke Drinks Cabinet £POA, KDLoves Kelling chair £1,140; Kelling Designs


From colourful lamps and lampshades to cushions and rugs in gorgeous patterns, accessories are a cost-effective way of adding colour and pattern and can be changed up with ease when you get bored. Using colourful accessories are a great way to add a burst of colour and can add a new lease of life to a sofa or armchair. You can opt for colours from the same family, shades of blue for instance will add a nod to coastal interiors, or mix it up and layer different shades and patterns for a dramatic feel.

(Image credit: Kelling Designs)

Shop: Kelling sofa in Velvet from £2,500, Sudbury side table £720, Rosie lampbase £180, Bethie Tricks Isla lampshade from £270, Bethie Tricks cushions £150 each, Kelling throw in Smoke, Mustard and Navy £275; KDLoves

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When it comes to your furniture pieces, these will live with you for a long time, if not a lifetime, so it's important to pick pieces that you truly love. Accent chairs are a great way to not only create extra seating, but to introduce colour and pattern. Choose a style and print that will complement any existing upholstery, and opt for contrasting piping to help tie your colour scheme together.

How to add colour

Shop: Girling chair £950, Sarah lamp in Port £275, KDLoves

In the bedroom, create a focal point by choosing a shapely headboard in vivid prints and colours. Brighter colours can be just as restful as muted shades and you can play it down with neutral bedding or go all-out with bold accessories. The important thing is to fill your home with furniture, accessories and designs that you love and that are a true reflection of your own personality and style.

How to add colour

Shop: KDLoves X Bethie Tricks Alice headboard £1800, Simon lampbase in Teal £195, Bethie Tricks Isla lampshade from £270; KDLoves