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Beat winter blues by injecting some refreshing and vibrant colour into your home.

It is very easy after switching off the fairy lights, stripping the tree and taking down all the lavish and colourful Christmas decorations, for our homes to suddenly feel bare and unanimated. The dark mornings continuing throughout January also don’t help! But do not despair, for bright colours and bold, retro and psychedelic patterns that began making their way back into fashion last spring, continue to be a current dominant trend that is here to stay. So why not kick off the New Year and banish winter blues, by banishing beige and braving bright and bold colours in your home?

The Spring/Summer 2014 fashion catwalks were awash with bright, bold colours, which then began to emerge into interiors. For instance there was the launch of Farrow & Ball’s new shade Yellowcake, inspired by the bold yellow used in 1960s homes (that alone tells you this is a big trend!) I am glad to say the bright hues are not going anywhere soon, as they once again were very much present in the Spring/Summer 2015 catwalks. Designers Valentino, Fendi, Prada, Burberry, Emilio Pucci and Chanel to name a few, all lifted our spirits with their shows splashed with bright saturated hues, graphic patterns and sixties and seventies references.

Now I am not saying your home should resemble the inside of a paint box by any means! In fact bright colours work best against a neutral backdrop, and should be considered as an accent to a room. When planning a bright scheme begin with two or three shades inspired by a key statement piece, like a rug, bed linen or an artwork. Then repeat these individual colours around the room using accessories, such as: vases, lampshades, cushions or table linen, depending on the space and its purpose.

For bold statement pieces Habitat offer a great selection of colourful geometric patterned rugs, as well as the eye-catching graphic prints by Jayson Lilley; a London artist inspired by the local architecture and skyline. Or if it is a statement bed linen you are after, Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson for Debenhams offer some stunning designs. However for the braver ones amongst us, there is also the option of having a bold feature wall using the striped or primary coloured geometric patterned wallpapers by Harlequin for John Lewis.

Finally make the rest of your interior pop with some colourful accessories. Marks and Spencer have some vibrant polka dot and zigzag cushions, or to also help keep you organised, John Lewis offer bright office storage pieces. So go ahead, beat winter blues and stand out proudly, by shopping for bold and bright pieces to bring vibrancy to both your home and yourself this New Year!

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