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Spring is around the corner and it’s time to refresh your interiors ready for the brighter days ahead with our expert tips, writes interiors editor Carol Burns.

THE COLOUR of 2017 has been pronounced as green. It began with Pantone’s Greenery and suddenly interiors and accessories everywhere are going green in response.

But how do you use it? Outside of the garden, where it works so effortlessly in a profusion of tones and textures, green can be a tricky colour to use: spring makes you think of acidic yellow tones of green by day, while darker luxurious greens work well on textures in firelight. Confused? Thankfully, there are some great paint companies out there offering their take on the new trend.

“Luxurious comfort is key”, says Caroline Palk from Ashton House Design ( “Focus on seriously good sofas with extra depth, generous ‘love seats’, daybeds and floor cushions. Layer these with plenty of texture and warm colour using wool, linen and wood as the natural ingredients.

“It may sound like a cliche but 2017 really is all about bringing the outside in. Think cool blues, greens, greys and pearl whites – reminiscent of the sea. We are after all surrounded by stunning coastline here in the South West. Dulux have made bold claims for 2017 with their ‘Denim Drift’ paint colour whilst Pantone’s ‘Greenery’ offers spring in its step by its very nature – a fresh and zesty yellow/green. Add a rich emerald to these palettes in lieu of 2016’s midnight blue and you could be onto something!

“Natural timber, woven wicker, terracotta and cork, all look to be in favour. Walls can offer great surface solutions to these must have materials. Faux timber needn’t be in a natural palette – think smoky blue and you have a great canvas from which to plan your scheme. Add in some compulsory zing – brass and gold of course – move over copper and rose gold!”

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