Five clever colour and pattern tricks to steal from Susi Bellamy

Colour and pattern add life to these decorating schemes.

Susi Bellamy is renowned for her vibrant, colourful interiors and homeware, and is an inspirational designer to look to for guidance on how to incorporate colour and pattern into your own home.

The designer’s creations are based on original and unique artwork painted in the studio, and her hand marbled paper designs are created using a traditional technique. Her artwork is inspired by her great love of colour, her background as a fashion editor and her time working and living in Florence.

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As we’ve all been spending a lot of time at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to breathe some life into your space by adding some print and bold shades.

FIVE TOP COLOUR AND PATTERN TIPS TO STEAL FROM SUSI BELLAMY

Need some inspiration? Susi’s Instagram account is the perfect source, and offers a host of elegant yet characterful looks to emulate.

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1. USE COMPLEMENTARY BUT CONTRASTING COLOURS

Just because you have bright accessories doesn’t mean you can’t apply a statement wallpaper too. The beautiful mint green in Susi Bellamy’s Gelo Verdino wallpaper works perfectly with the rich red-orange hues. These colours are picked out in sumptuous printed cushions, and also on the table lamp in differing prints. A great way to make a room come to life.

2. MIX UP YOUR PRINTS

Don’t be afraid to go bold and mix up your prints and patterns for an eclectic and visually interesting finish. These marbled cushions look fun and stylish paired with the stripes of the deck chairs. An easy way to liven up any space.

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3. CREATE ANCHORING COLOURS TO MAKE PRINTS POP

Utilising block colour to make colourful prints stand out even more is always a great idea. This hot pink vintage velvet chair and the Farrow & Ball Babouche yellow walls make a brilliant base for the colours in the geometric silk cushion and lampshade to really sing.

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A touch of glamour and colour with our Geometric silk collection of cushions shown here on a pretty velvet vintage cocktail chair. Matching lampshades coming soon to add to the collection although the one featured is available @padlifestyle and the red glass base @pookylights – Love the zingy mix of the Babouche yellow walls @farrowandball with the bubble gum pink of the velvet. This colourful arrangement would look great in an entrance hall, corner of a bedroom or hallway niche #colour #pattern #cushions #pillows #lighting #velvet #homedecor #luxedecor #homestyling #interior #interiordesign #homeinspo #decor #homeinterior #decoration #decorationideas #silkcushions #art @peteratkinsonphotography

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4. MAKE THE MOST OF THE FIFTH WALL

Rather than inhibiting a room, using the ceiling as a fifth wall can make an area actually feel bigger, and creates a boutique feel in the space. A brightly-coloured headboard creates a break from the all-over pattern and helps to lighten the room further. Don’t be afraid to use a matching cushion for cohesion, but break it up with other complementary colours.

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Jack’s bedroom is cocooned in my Khaki Fantasy wallpaper as it sweeps up over a curved ceiling. It wasn’t obvious where to stop the papering so we just decided to embrace the ‘fifth wall’! I was told it would make the ceiling seem lower but it, in fact, did the opposite. The large yellow headboard is covered in @romo_fabrics Starfruit Bilbao and was made @rcdey_furniture and the wooden mirror by my friend Eve @evewaldrondesign But the star of the show has to be this Tiffany fringed lampshade with my Geometric Grid Blocks satin as a collaboration with Alice @beauvamp which is available in 3 sizes. Photograph @jamesbalston @homes_antiques #green #wallpaper #bedroom #interior #bedroomdecor #colour #pattern #myhome #homedecor #wallpaperdecor #britishdesigner

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5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO MATCH YOUR PRINTS AND COLOUR

Mixing up your prints is a lovely way of creating a cohesive yet diverse look, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some matchy-matchy styling. We love how the Susi Bellamy Orange Feathered wallpaper is paired with a matching cushion and lampshade in this beautiful room. The prints are broken up with a colour-block headboard in a matching hue, and a slice of extra pizzazz is added with a brightly-coloured side table in a contrasting bold shade.

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