How we used bold, bright colours to transform our grey & white space.
Colour me happy!
When we were looking for wall art and soft furnishings for our new extension, we wanted something bold and colourful that would make a statement in a large kitchen/dining/living area with white walls. This was particularly important after choosing a grey corner sofa, armchairs and dining chairs. We used yellow scatter cushions and colourful wall art to transform our monochrome theme.
Scatter your colour with cushions.
We wanted something bright to contrast the grey furniture and settled on a yellow colour scheme for our cushions. We chose some beautiful knitted Beth Jordan cushions from Homesense. The grey, piped edge to the cushions and stitched label were lovely touches.
We also chose a pair of Scion Mini Mr Fox Cushions, Yellow/Grey from John Lewis (£25) for the corner sofa, to complement the Beth Jordan ones.
Bold and beautiful wall art.
We weren’t sure what we were looking for when it came to finding framed prints. We just wanted something that ‘popped’ off the wall and was a contrast to the brilliant white emulsion.
Richard has to take the credit for our final choice. He spotted these bright, bold abstract landscapes by Jacky Al-Samarraie in John Lewis and I knew he was on to a winner.
Their simple composition and use of bold blocks of colour makes these prints perfect for bringing a sense of rural charm and a contemporary feel to a room. They are presented in high quality black wooden box frames with double thickness mounts that perfectly complement the picture within.
We love Jacky Al-Samarraie’s uncomplicated images with their bright blocks of colour. They are bold and eye-catching, especially in contrast to our white walls.
Just a spoonful of colour turns a grey theme around!
Over to you.
We are delighted with our beautiful Jacky Al-Samarraie framed prints and bright cushions.
What do you think? I’d love to know about your colour schemes and ideas.
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Lovely room. I am a big fan of grey with splashes of yellow, although in my room I have gone for a feature wall of yellow and then splashes of grey. I love the prints they are really lovely and I have been lusting over those fox cushions for ever!
Thanks, Emma. I’m tempted to add to the scion fox collection myself. Have you seen all of the lovely matching accessories you can get? I spotted the mugs in Homesense recently, but we had already treated ourselves to some Pantone Mugs so I restratined myself.
This looks really well. I am mad about the scion fox cushions. The prints you have chosen are stunning. I particularly like the one with the yellow block of colour.
Thanks, Fionnuala. We do love them!
Beautiful! I’m always eyeing up those cushions in John Lewis – so lovely to see them in a real home.
I think yellow and grey is really timeless. It can be sosphisticated without being boring. I love it x
We have a very similar taste and decor! 🙂 I even considered those very same prints for our home when I saw them in John Lewis some time ago. Can I ask where you’ve got your sideboard from? I’m in the search for one to replace our old dark walnut coloured one x #HomeEtc
The Skandi-style sideboard is part of the ‘ROck and ROll’ Range from http://www.kustomfloorsandfurniture.co.uk/rock-n-roll-sideboard-2-doors-4-drawers.html
It isn’t cheap but it Oak and melamine. It weighs a tonne! The craftsmanship is superb. We saw it at Ice Interiors at Red Brick Mill in Leeds but it was more expensive. We found it cheaper at Kustom Floors so we rang them and and they ordered it and delivered it to Nottingham. It took about 16 weeks.
If you look around my website and see the through the keyhole on Tots100 you will see we have the glass cabinet and the table and chairs. The table extends too. We love it. The white high pressure melamine surface is hard wearing and doesn’t stain easily. So early to look after. Hope this helps.
What a lovely light and airy space! I do love the grey and yellow combo, they just work so well together. Those fox cushions are my favourite! #HomeEtc
Oh I do love that grey chair and footstool LOve Homesense
Thanks, Becky! Yes, I have to pop into Homesense once a week on my way to my Debt Advice Voluntary work…Such a chore 😉
It looks gorgeous. Yellow and grey together are one of my favourite colour combos. Yellow itself is my favourite colour, I believe it injects happiness, smiles and sun into any room. That’s what I hope at least! #kcacols
Thanks for stopping by, Lizzie. Yellow is my husband’s favourite colour too. I certainly do feel very happy in my yellow and grey space 🙂
I love grey and yellow. A nice magneta goes really well with grey too. And I have put one of those fox cushions on my wedding list! 😀 #KCACOLS
Sorry that was me! #KCACOLS
Ah this looks so gorgeous – I love the grey and you’re right, the pops of colour really bring it to life. Love it x #KCACOLS
I love Mr Fox, my son has the bedding with the orange Mr Fox and I love it! I love the prints you have added too, very stylish! #Kcacols
Gotta love, Mr Fox! The orange fox stuff is fab too!
What a fab way to add a pop of colour to the room, Yellow is my favourite colour. Our living room is full of black, grey and cream and we have added colour by putting lots of photos on the walls. We are looking to move next year so it may all change!
Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
Azaria- Being Mrs Lynch
Thanks, Azaria. I love linking with #KCACOLs as I discover lots of new writers, so I will be back!
beautiful interior design – I adore grey and most of my rooms have a grey theme running through them but Iike you I love to lift it with a little colour. Love the prints by the way – gorgeous and simple – I need some wall art in my house as I’m a little too obsessed with black and white portraits of the children – I need to break it up a little so thank you for the inspiration! #KCACOLS
Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. You certainly can’t go wrong with these frame prints. They are even better in ‘real life’ and quite weighty as the frames are very high quality.
This is so funny – you, Emma from @islandliving365 and I probably have the same rooms! I’ve got the fox cushion (large fox though, not small) and our bedroom is yellow, grey and white. Great taste (and have serious extension envy! :)) Have a lovely holiday. xx #KCACOLS
We do have great taste, don’t we?! We do love the extension. It wasn’t finished until the end of last summer so we are looking forward to folding back the doors and getting the BBQ going! We had a lovely break. I just have masses of blog-related things to do that I want doing yesterday 😉
I absolutely love the injection of colour. It makes such a difference doesn’t it? Although, it’s fantastic that the backdrop is so neutral that you’ll be able to change the colour as and when you please! Loving the white/wood combo — gorgeous!! Thanks so much for linking up with on #HomeEtc Jane! — Caro xx
Thanks very much, Caro. It was lovely to link up with #homeetc again.
First of all enjoy the break! I love the photos that you used they are probably my favorite thing you added to the room! So cute! #kcacols
Hi Jen! I’m back from my break and I have a massive ‘To do’ list! Arghhh! But it was a lovely holiday and I hope to post some more Instagram pics. Thanks for the lovely comments. Jane
I love the yellow and grey theme. i was in John Lewis the other day and spotted those fox cushions – too cute! #KCACOLS
love grey we have alot in our home. the splashes of colour really lift the scheme thanks for sharing #kcacols x
Great post. I was in need off some inspiration to brighten up my very neutral living room! #KCACOLS Love those cushions!
Hi Shaney, I love your family photo on your blog home page! Gorgeous! Thanks for the lovely comment!
Looooooove this! I’m absolutely awful at interior design, but you make it look so easy to make a room pop! I absolutely love the framed pictures, they just add so much personality to the room! I hope you enjoy your break-you deserve it <3 #KCACOLS
Aw, thanks for the lovely comment, Savannah. And, yes, it was a lovely break. The cottage was such a high spec…3 bedrooms all with ensuite, Roll top bath, wet room…Gorgeous!
love the grey and yellow scheme at the moment. just did my bedroom in it a few months ago. love the décor too but out of principal I wouldn’t spend £25 on a cushion! hehe 🙂 i love making cushion covers though and making my own framed prints. it’s having the time though tbh #KCACOLS
I know what you mean, Emma. I love making my own things. In our dining room to den makeover the personalised map cost me £25 including frame to make in Photoshop and a small version on the John Lewis website was £130!! I made the Pacman cushions in Emily’s bedroom makeover on my blog too. I love sewing, but it is finding the time. This is supposed to be a blog about creative things too but I have been so busy I haven’t had chance to make anything…Apart from Emily’s Rae Star Wars staff and costume (on Instagram) but I haven’t had chance to do a post on it yet! Thanks for stopping by.
This looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing. I particularly love the fox cushion! #KCACOLS
I love this post! I am always looking for decorating inspiration and love how grey and yellow look together. The pillows are supper cute☺ #KCACOLS
I absolutely love grey – my house is pretty much different shades of grey, taupe, cream and white – lots of cool neutrals. (We still haven’t painted the walls apart from Arthur’s room-but time isn’t something we’ve got much of!) in my old flat I had bold colours and I eventually got bored of it and started to hate our living space, I longed for a cleaner look. Our wedding colours were pale pink and grey and I keep thinking I’d love to add some pale and blush pinks in with the grey – maybe some scatter cushions on the sofa or bed etc…..if Mr H let’s me!! His sister told me I was childish and immature for liking pink and having pink utensils in my old kitchen and that it was time I grew up…very rude and obviously wrong, but it does make me question myself everytime I think bout changing things! #KCACOLS
Comments like that are rude! Shieshk! If you love them, then that’s what is important at the end of the day. It’s funny, I read a KCACOLS post the other week (can’t remember whose now) where they said that folks try and design their interiors to keep up with the latest trends and be fashionable and impress, but when you close the door, its you that has to live with it. If you love your pink…Keep your pink!!!
Enjoy your break and I hope you have a nice rest. Beautiful photos as usual and such style. I love it. The greys, yellows and that pop of blue are great!
‘As usual’, Aw! Thank you for the lovely comments, Mainy 🙂
That looks really effective. The colours you have chosen really stand out and draw the eye. Since they are really well-designed and stiking objects I think they stand out further. #KCACOLS
Thank you, Danielle!
Oh, I love it. It looks like something out of a magazine can you style my house too please?!?! I am loving the yellow and grey together #kcacols
Thanks so much Tracey! That picture was taken for the 5 minutes it looked perfect before the kids got home for school 😉
I’m not sure about that shade of yellow but I really like that fox print, very cute. And the prints are wonderful. #kcacols
Yes, the Beth Jordan one’s are 1970s yellow 😉 Not to everyone’s taste. Glad you like the prints and the foxes have been a hit with everyone
What a beautiful room! I love the symmetry and the gender stereotyping! Great choice from the hubby on those prints, they are really gorgeous! #KCACOLS xx
I love this room. It looks gorgeous. You have a beautiful taste Jane. Every single detail in this room is perfect. Thanks for sharing this at #KCACOLS, 🙂 x
Aw, thank you Franca. that means a lot 🙂
Hi Jane, where can i find the table and chair set. Love those!
Hi Chris, I ordered mine from Kustom Floors and Furniture http://www.kustomfloorsandfurniture.co.uk/ in Bristol. It’s the Rock n Roll Table and Chairs. You can choose all oak too or oiled or varnished or unfinished. Takes 3 mths to come. Solid, beautiful. They delivered all the way to Nottingham. Just gave them a call and told them my requirements. THere’s more in the range than appears on the website. Like my display cabinet. Hope this helps 🙂