Create a calming, restful scheme with a palette of soft pastels. Co-ordinate your upholstery in tonal pastel shades; try a sofa, chair and footstool in a mix of grey, pale blue and shell pink, then add cushions and throws in matching shades. Line shelves with pretty pastel accessories, as rows of books in sugary tones will complement the scheme.
Update an uninspiring neutral living room by introducing a soft slate shade into your scheme. Give the room a well-balanced feel by using equal amounts of warm neutrals and cool blues and greys. Accessorise with subtle accent colours, such as softer blues, touches of white or ivory and a hint of denim