SHADES OF DIFFERENCE

Pale olive and turquoise: two greens together may sound like a miss but they actually look sensational. The striking black wall, far from making the room dark, brings it into sharp focus.

Sarah says ‘Black and gold is a super-brave combination, but as this ceiling shows, it’s fantastic with the right detailing! You need to stand out when selling – and shabby workmanship is more likely to put people off than a bold colour scheme.’

REBELLIOUS AND RICH

Is a mix of rich jewel colours – emerald, ruby and sapphire – too much of a good thing: clashing and overpowering? Judge for yourself, as in this greenery-filled dining space, it’s brave and exciting.

PICTURE THAT PATTERN

An interiors maxim insists you can’t have two patterns, let alone one geometric and the other pictorial! Yet how striking is this, with a subtle monochrome palette to keep the scheme under control?

Writ large... It’s tempting to think that a compact room needs little patterns but large-scale motifs will make it appear open and spacious.

ROOM FOR MAROON

Here’s a bedroom to get wows from your guests. A highly embellished headboard shouts for attention against the decorative chest – yet the clever use of maroon in both assures harmony.

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