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EMBRACE THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST SHADES

For the first time ever, Pantone has announced two shades as its 2016 Colour of The Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pairing to create calm and tranquility. Here’s how you can use them, either together or separately, in your own home

How to decorate with Rose Quartz & Serenity

Team these two pastel shades together to create a balanced, soothing mood at home. How much you want to commit to this duet of colours, is up to you. Invest in a few new cushions or make a bolder statement on the walls. Together, both Rose Quartz and Serenity will make a refreshing change in time for spring.

Paint your walls in calming blue hues to match your sofa and contrast gently with a hint of Rose Quartz. Used in the right quantities, both colours will create a sense of calm that oozes tranquility

Atlas large sofa in Nina Campbell Zitan fabric, £2,059; Greenwich chair in Nina Campbell Ren fabric, £849; scatter cushion in Nina Campbell Penglai fabric, £69, all Multiyor

Introduce muted pink roller blinds to update a bedroom and continue the pastel theme with cushions and throws. Prices start at £69 for a 610mm x 610mm madeto- measure roller blind from Style Studio

Bloomingville ceramic and wood vases, £20, Quinceliving.co.uk

Dot these powdery-coloured vases around or group together for your hit of pastels

Hemsley Yenston Tide and Cheriton Bloom Ultra Matt emulsion, both £27.99 per 2.5l, Homebase

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Now that spring is well underway, for many of us our thoughts are turning to blowing away the winter cobwebs and freshening up our homes for the warmer, sunnier months ahead. If your vacuum cleaner has seen better days and you’re thinking of investing in a new one, take a look at our buyers’ guide on page 50 to discover which model is right for you. This is also a great time of year to make the most of the long bank holiday weekends that abound over the next few weeks to give your home a fresh new look with a coat of paint. In this issue we take a look at the two key colours for this year (both of which are very calming and easy to live with) and show you just how easy it is to use them in your own home, no matter what your style (p.36). While those of you who have a penchant for rustic interiors will love this month’s Trend Alert which looks at using fresh spring greens to give your home a contemporary take on country living (p.20). Spring is often the time when thoughts turn to getting your home ready for putting on the market or making major home improvements to your property, so in this issue we take a look at which are the best projects to increase the value of your home, from adding an en suite to converting the loft. Turn to page 106 to find out our top 10 value adding projects. Finally, don’t forget to take a look at our food pages this month (p.100), where you’ll find some clever recipes to give your chicken dinners a scrummy new twist!
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