Do you have a secret crush on colour? Well don’t be shy, here’s how to be bold and share the spotlight inside and out, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

Whether it’s in offbeat accessories, bold focal points, decorative paint or getting creative with window dressings, pops of colour create a fun-loving space for summer and beyond.

“I get inspired when I’m surrounded by beauty and colourful things, even in the simplest of ways.

“You could easily argue that there are bigger things to worry about in life than surrounding yourself with small ideas and a colourful quirkiness, but little things count a great deal too,” says Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau, author of “Happy Home Outside”.

Happy Home Outside: Everyday Magic for Outdoor Life by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau, published by Jacqui Small.
Happy Home Outside: Everyday Magic for Outdoor Life by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau, published by Jacqui Small.

“I have a soft spot for throws — and you can never have too many hand-embroidered cushions for their sheer beauty, while round velvet pouffes or floor cushions come in handy when multiple guests show up,” Hedeman Gueniau adds.

BOLDER THE BETTER

Teaming luxurious fabrics and accessories in jewel colours might sound showy, but this fearless approach can create an endless source of inspiration.

“Whether or not the sun is shining, the romance and flamboyancy of summer makes for the ideal backdrop to bold, bright and downright bonkers interiors,” says Jenny Hurren, creative director of Out There Interiors. 

Selby 3 Seater Sofa in Tuvalu Chartreuse, £2,430 (€2,900); Aurora Chair in Chiaso Boudoir, £675 (€800); curtains in Shrabana Lotus, €52 per metre approx, made using fabrics from the Voyage Decoration Myanmar Collection, stockists, Embellish, Skibbereen, or visit www.voyagedecoration.com
Selby 3 Seater Sofa in Tuvalu Chartreuse, £2,430 (€2,900); Aurora Chair in Chiaso Boudoir, £675 (€800); curtains in Shrabana Lotus, €52 per metre approx, made using fabrics from the Voyage Decoration Myanmar Collection, stockists, Embellish, Skibbereen, or visit www.voyagedecoration.com

“Team bright, block, clashing colours with fantastical accessories and decadent fabrics for an indulgent bohemian feel that will work for every room in the home.”

PUNCHY PALETTES

Painting a tired piece of furniture in an unexpected shade, such as a bright buttercup yellow, can trigger a real sense of achievement, as you’re bringing something old back to life, as well as revamping a space.

Annie Sloan has been working with paint in interiors for more than three decades, and there are “endless possibilities” with her Chalk Paint range, which sticks to just about any surface — inside or outside the home — without the need for priming or sanding.

Go on, grab a paintbrush and give it a go.

Johnstone’s Paint is also joining in the fun this summer with its new Carnival Colour collection. 

Shutters in Dulux Spring Breeze 3 from the Shutter Store, on offer at c €320 per square meter, made to measure. www.shutterstore.com
Shutters in Dulux Spring Breeze 3 from the Shutter Store, on offer at c €320 per square meter, made to measure. www.shutterstore.com

We love Crushed Pineapple, cited as a creative and happy hue, with the highest saturation levels on the colour spectrum.

“It’s perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, conservatories, utility rooms and hallways,” says Donna Taylor, Johnstone’s Paint senior colour consultant.

“Due to its brightness levels, it will lift the dullest of rooms in a full wall format with ease, and is ideal for rooms with low natural light.

“Its brightness also allows this colour to be used as a feature with a harmonious or contrasting bold shade, rather than accompanying it with an off-white or pastel tone.”

Shutters in a bright palette can also help bounce light around rooms, and can be a worthwhile investment as they’re built to last.

2 Seat Sofa in Peacock, £4,885, (€5,800) available from Parker and Farr, find similar at Ken Jackson interiors, Cork. www.kenjacksoninteriors.com
2 Seat Sofa in Peacock, £4,885, (€5,800) available from Parker and Farr, find similar at Ken Jackson interiors, Cork. www.kenjacksoninteriors.com

‘’Shutters are a stylish way to make an impact. Unlike blinds or curtains, shutters do not obscure windows, allowing you to make a feature of beautiful period details and adding kerb appeal to the outside,” says Murray Clark, director of The Shutter Store.

“To pack a punch, opt for a bold bright shade with our colour match service. Yellow’s associated with happiness and optimism.’’

* Fiery Sunset, Waterfall, Fuchsia Fantasy, Crushed Pineapple and Island Breeze from the Johnstone’s Paint Carnival Colour collection (suitable for walls and ceilings www.johnstonespaint.com)

HOTSPOTS

A few rays of sunshine allows your outdoor space to be lived in, so make the most of it with some well-chosen accessories.

All-weather cushions and pillows, in pinks and oranges, will pull the colours of the house into the garden, and make it feel like another room, where you can entertain, dine and relax.

“When stocking up your outdoor kitchen, think low-maintenance,” advises Hedeman Gueniau. 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, English Yellow, from www.Anniesloan.com and selected outlets.)
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, English Yellow, from www.Anniesloan.com and selected outlets.)

“Use durable materials that can stand the weather changes. Melamine, plastic and treated wood are all good. 

“Then you don’t have to take everything inside all the time, but just leave it out until the season is over.

“Lanterns for candles create a cosy light when dusk sets in. Being outside means you have the opportunity to go a bit crazier when decorating than you would inside. 

"Pick the brightest plates and the funkiest prints.”

Missoni Home Protea, 27cm, Dinner Plate, Set of 2, €78 available from www.Amara.com
Missoni Home Protea, 27cm, Dinner Plate, Set of 2, €78 available from www.Amara.com

Think of the patio or garden as an extension of your interior landscape. Garden planters with flowers on a wall, plus mixing and matching materials and colours, will create a relaxed and carefree look.

“Vibrant metals sat alongside nature’s finest green grass and blue sky is always a winner,” says Hurren. 

“I love to add fairy lights, candles and floor cushions to my outside space, to make it feel more like an extra room of the house; perfect for long summer nights.”

Florine Large Floor Cushions c €100 each, from www.Outthereinteriors.com
Florine Large Floor Cushions c €100 each, from www.Outthereinteriors.com

Happy Home Outside: Everyday Magic For Outdoor Life by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau is published by Jacqui Small, priced £25.

Brabantia Orla Kiely Retro Bin, €150, Binopolis www.binopolis.com
Brabantia Orla Kiely Retro Bin, €150, Binopolis www.binopolis.com


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