Coral orange and 80s pink lips (Vogue has coined the phrase: "Pop lips") are everywhere this Spring/Summer - who can resist a hot, zingy colour in the home too? From cobalt blue to jade green, punchy purple to the hottest of pinks, even a classic French bedroom can benefit from some bright colour therapy.
1 Grid geometric patterned rug: £350, Habitat. 2 Harlequin Multi: £305 per sq. metre, by Jonathan Adler at The Rug Company. 3 Plateau wallpaper in Teal, £42 per roll, Harlequin. 4 Piggy Pink Cowhide: £420
Neon brights sing out against both graphic modern monochrome schemes and French romantic rooms, so introduce a splash of colour with ease. White painted furniture will always sit happily in front of bold brightly-patterned walls and atop focal point rugs in the craziest of colour combinations and print mash-ups. We love the new Plateau wallpaper (above) from Harlequin, as it combines three key interior trends - gorgeous bright turquoise, wide stripes, and a painterly effect. Be brave and bold, and mix up the French style furniture palette for a cocktail of colours to lift the mood in your home and boost the brightness during the long wait for proper Summer sunshine.
Flashes of brightness inspire an eclectic and quirky scheme, whether it's in the form of a statement chandelier or a bright bookcase. Bright accessories can be introduced into a scheme more easily than you would think. The details will link the pieces together, regardless of the colour and contrast in styles. For example, the bold contrast of a decorative and highly-detailed traditional French bed or French white dressing table carved from mahogany with a simple-shaped, bright accessory made from modern materials but featuring a traditionally-shaped lampshade for example, can look stunning. It's about giving a scheme a personal and timeless edge, and not always being tied and constrained to selecting pieces to sit next to each other because they are the same colour or from the same collection. And why not dip into your new summer wardrobe rather than keeping it stashed away ready for the good weather - accessorise with your fashion and hang a vivid dress on your picture rail or dressing screen and bring out the bright heels for a SS13 pride-of-place preview on your mantelpiece!
A slight diversion from interiors talk, but we had to mention a great little company - Bonbon Balloons. Based in North West London, they create the most beautiful and gloriously bright custom balloons you'll ever see. As well as creating balloon displays for such clients as Kate Spade, Juicy Couture and Somerset House, they also make the most beautiful wedding balloons, or you can simply order a single balloon online - it will arrive in a box and float out in amongst hand cut confetti, on the most beautiful handmade balloon string - the joy of colour epitomised!
Author: Georgia Metcalfe, Managing Director, The French Bedroom Company, purveyor of beautiful French Furniture!