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Brights or neutrals?

Not sure what type of scheme is best for you? Check out our inspiring rooms and expert advice to make sure you get it right first time


When decorating the first stumbling block is often whether to go all out with colour and create a vibrant, eye-catching scheme that’s an explosion of colour or whether to stick to a more neutral palette of whites, creams Used in abundance for maximum effect or used sparingly to add some cheerful blocks of colour to a neutral scheme – take the risk and opt for stronger, bolder shades to make a difference in your home. Be brave and go all out, painting walls in clashing, daring colours or just finish off a subtler scheme with bright accessories. Be inspired by our choice of colourful decorating ideas to brighten up your home.

Decorate with different tones of the same colour for a more tame and considered look. Here adding the bold yellow sofa gives the room extra zing

Bowling Green matt emulsion, £24.99 per 2.5l; Flagon Period matt, £25.99 per 2.5l; Scottish Pine non-drip gloss, from £13.63 per 750ml, all Crown Paints

Zone different areas with colour to draw your eye in. For an inexpensive but effective design, paint simple geometric shapes on the wall with different blocks of colour. Yellow, teal and orange create a sunny, cheerful feel – carry through the colours with bed linen and accessories for a complete room scheme
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May is a great month for DIYers and decorators, as the days are now longer and lighter and we get two bank holidays to make the most of too! If you’re planning a spot of redecorating, then you’ll find plenty of exciting colour schemes to inspire you in this issue. Whether you love bold brights or sophisticated neutrals, we’ve got some great looks for you try on page 36, while on page 20 we look back in time to see how to make the season’s hottest retro trends work in your home. And don’t forget your windows when planning your new scheme. Shutters are big news right now, so we’ve put together a buyer’s guide to the latest, most gorgeous designs at affordable prices to help you choose the ones that are right for you (p.40). While you’re at it, check out our fantastic competition to win a set of bespoke shutters from Hillarys (p.43). Early summer is a good time to fit a new bathroom but many of us are put off by the cost. Never fear – we’ve found some real bargain buys that prove you don’t need to take out a second mortgage to get the bathroom of your dreams (p.54). If installing a new kitchen is on your to-do list this year, then you must read our feature on page 46 to discover the latest hi-tech gadgets that can make your life so much easier and give you more time to yourself (and who doesn’t want that eh?) Finally, take a look at our delicious meat-free recipe ideas (p.100 – ideal for quick and healthy family meals, whether you’re a veggie or not. P.S. The noodle dish is utterly scrummy!