The thought of decorating in light colours when you have small children might fill you with fear (tomato sauce and white boucle sofas, anyone?). Yet mum of three, Sylvie Dikudi, has done just that in her South-German home. Here, she tells us how to marry functionality with that oh-so popular earthy colour scheme.
1. Start with a neutral base colour that’s versatile enough to add accents to. For our home, I chose a chalky white and a very light grey with beige undertones – both brighten up the room and match all sorts of furniture styles. (Read more on tonal wall colours here.)
2. Next, move onto the details. Sage green, terracotta red and rusty brown are all beautiful and will create a sense of calm and tranquility, despite being quite rich. I’ve integrated these shades throughout, from the kitchen to the kids’ rooms, using textiles like cushions and throws (they’re easy to wash, which is what you want with little ones in the house).
3. Fabric choices really make a difference. For upholstery, velvet, corduroy and leather are super easy to care for, even if you’ve chosen creamy white or taupe (and removable covers are a plus, too). Synthetic fabrics are generally easy to wipe clean, so rugs like Mala have become my go-to choice since having a family.
4. When choosing art, I usually gravitate towards vintage motifs in tonal hues – paired with an earthy palette, they create a bohemian vibe in your home. It’s why I love my palm leaf print by the Natural History Museum.
5. And last but not least, I’m a bit of a DIY addict. My tip for creating something that will match your colour scheme? Get your hands on some simple ceramics like these vases and paint them in the shades of your home – it’s a great way to use up tester pots and entertain the family on a rainy day.