Layer inky-blue wallpapers to add depth and vibrancy – install an art-like focal point by framing one shade.

Explore tonal harmony by using the whole of a palette – from soft, pastel blue to the deepest azure.

Create a subtle, impressionist mood with colourwashed patterns owing across every surface.

Bold black and white brush strokes have a Rothko-like look – stipple ceramics for a similar effect.

Fabrics feature finer lines, swirling in monochrome patterns. Set against a wide-striped floor for contrast.

Introduce pencil-thin geometrics and ink-blot motifs to play with scale and form.

Use reversible colours and prints on a single piece to create a contemporary, op-art design.

Team graphic textiles with faux concrete and graffiti for a streetwise statement.

Keep the urban vibe alive with hand-drawn doodles in vibrant shades. Been there, tagged that...

Photography ⁄ Chris Everard

Styling ⁄ Hannah Franklin


Shining a spotlight on the now and the next in home design and decor, Livingetc is the UK's best selling high end and contemporary home design magazine. As a brand, showcases the world's very best homes, and has access to leading international designers for insight and ideas. it was first published in 1998, and is currently edited by Pip McCormac.