Interior design is big on colour this spring, from bold citrus shades to the good old white red and blue of the Union Jack as we prepare for the Olympics. But colour doesn’t have to mean ‘bright’ and some looks never go out of style.

Starting with a neutral colour palette and building up contrast using different textures and materials will allow you to create a range of looks and add in colour through punchy accents.

For a look that’s ‘pure elegance’ follow Barker and Stonehouse interior designer Jill Molnar’s top tips.

Jill created the ‘Pure Elegance’ look for the spring Barker and Stonehouse brochure, using a subtle palette of predominantly dove greys with accents of pink and white.

Jill said: “Use soft pinks, whites and greys to create a sophisticated space that’s not overly feminine.”

The inspiration for the look came from a black and white portrait photograph of Audrey Hepburn, think of Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and then apply the same combination of elegance and attitude to your home.

Kelly Hoppen’s curved dining chairs are covered in taupe linen for an understated and sophisticated appearance, pair with the Vasilis dining table in high gloss black marble with a silver grain finish for a contemporary look.

Introduce this season’s candy colours with smaller pieces of furniture such as dining chairs and footstools. The Hepburn footstool has all the charm of its namesake and in rich purple velvet will really draw the eye against your taupe backdrop.

The key to making this look work is to add light and shade within your tonal colour scheme. Using various hues of the same colour will give your home a polished look, while mirrors, glass and tactile fabrics will add depth.

“Textures and materials are important – using mirrored surfaces and fabrics with a sheen will add elegance.”

The Citadelle range from Barker and Stonehouse is a beautiful new collection of furniture in mirrored glass in a circular design with antique silver effect detailing. It’s these little touches that really pull the look together, don’t divert from your colour scheme and choose curtains and bedding in tonal pinks and plums in rich velvet or heavy silk for a truly luxurious feel.

“This look works well in bedrooms too. Soft grey and white create a very calming and relaxing room whilst luxurious fabrics, mirrors and glass stop the room becoming bland.”

So whether you’re decorating your living room, your dining room or your bedroom, add a touch of Hepburn’s style and the results will be simply marvellous, darling!

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