Interior Design

Sophie Ashby shows us how to use colour and art in the home

Splash a little colour as Sophie Ashby has done – even the smallest addition can make a difference.

Sophie Ashby
(Image credit: Sophie Ashby)

Adding zones of colour to your home is not only a fun project but can really draw your eye to features or accessories within individual rooms. But don’t feel you have to limit it to paint ideas, it can be co-ordinating coloured accessories, introducing limited tiles or textiles, upholstering a one-off chair or simply a well placed display of fresh flowers.

Here Sophie Ashby shows us how, we too, can incorporate colour into our homes.

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1. Art attack

Adding art to your home is an easy way to transform a once dull, drab space. It’s important that you have a personal connection with your art - that it tells a story.'It’s important that any art collection in a home is mixed and varied. That means choosing from international artists and pairing photography with painting, next to mixed media and sculpture,' explains Sophie Ashby.

2. Pattern punch

Never be afraid to mix and match pattern and texture - the finished result can look splendid. You can be as bold or as timid as you like with this look - even a patterned chair can pull the scheme together in ways you would never have imagined.

3. Striped to perfection

The garden should never be an afterthought when it comes to adding colour. Even the most smallest outdoor space can benefit from subtle (or striking) colour.There is no need to dramatically change your style; in fact a neutral background can be the perfect base for bringing colour into a room. A good starting point is to see what accessories you already have in the space that needs a little warming up. Is there an obvious look that you lean towards or a theme you like, are the colours suggestive of the trend you favour?

4. First base

The bedroom is the perfect place to experiment with your favourite colour. Not only will it help to soothe your soul, it will also provide sanctuary for when it is time to rest your head. If you're struggling with choosing a colour, like Sophie, we recommend green - it is the colour of the moment.

'Artworkinabedroomshouldbeascalmingaspossible–avoidportraitureinfavouroflandscapes,' says Sophie.

5. Centre stage

The scale of art can be one of its most impactful things. Go as big with an artwork as a room can take – taking into account that modern builds can be a lot smaller than a Georgian house. There is usually one wall in a room that will take a larger picture.

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Jennifer Ebert
Deputy Editor (Digital)

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.