There’s nothing quite like a shot of citrus to pep up a tired looking room. You might be still glad that you chose to go down a neutral route as far as decorating is concerned, after all no-one gets offended by grey or beige. It suits all types of properties, transcends fashion and you will still be able to live with it in five years’ time. But sometimes you just need something a little bit extra to at least make a concession to the changing seasons. In spring it might be a new set of bedlinen in crisp white cotton, or new linen covers for the sofa in summer.
Whatever the time of year a bright shot of colour in a few new cushions or accessories will feel like a new pair of shoes. You won’t be able to stop looking at them and they will make all your old outfits feel new again.
So, I’m definitely feeling invigorated by the new colours cropping up in the autumn collections at BHS. Just as you thought summer was over with all of its outdoor freshness, along comes a zingy lime green to make you feel alive again. A few slices of this flouroscent colour added to a couple of rooms in the house will invigorate and definitely won’t break the bank.
Bobble rug, £170. Wood effect double mount frames, from £3.99. Khaki floral print cushion, £12. Chenille cushion, was £16 now £8. Hopsack cushion, was £20 now £10. Basket weave throw, £20. Milo Square Telephone Stool, £69. Brooke 2 seater sofa, £479. Kendra Pendant, £60. Nova Table Lamp, £60.
Probably the easiest update of all is a sofa strewn with new cushions. Maybe add a lampshade? Not too keen on the matchy-matchy look but in this instance I could live with it.
Lime Ombre Towel Range from £4.99. Lime Essentials Cotton Loop Bath Mat, £7.99. Grey Essentials Cotton Loop Bath Mat, £7.99. Lime Diamond Flat Woven Bath Mat, £13.99. Lime Faceted Resin Bath Accessories from £6. White Brooklyn Ceramic Bath Accessories from £2.99. Lime Essentials Pure Cotton Towel Range from £3.99. Grey Large Knitted Storage Basket, £15. Lime/Natural Medium Knitted Storage Basket, £10.
New towels are a treat at any time of the year and turn this bathroom from ‘meh’ to ‘hallo!’
Essentials medium glass storage jar, £6. Round acacia wood pizza board, £10. Slatted wood placemats, £14. Bali 12 piece set, £24.99. Large geometric vase, £10. Trestle table, £349.
Follow through to the dining room with some napkins and co-coordinating fresh flowers.
Large geometric vase, £15. Glass lustre vase, £10.
And a window ledge of plants and flowers is nice at any time of the year. Group them together for maximum impact and place them in coloured glass for a fabulous display.
All from BHS.