Technically, it’s still winter, but we’re getting some cheerful inspiration for Spring-like new colour schemes …

Spring shades from Crown; wall in Carrie matt emulsion, shelves in  Duck Egg, and Milk White non-drip gloss, and Mellow Sage quick-dry gloss.

Although we’re terribly fond of bold, ‘feature’ colours for painted walls, as Spring is just around the corner, it’s lovely to have an advance look at some of the newest, and paler paint colours. Here are some of the new pastels from Crown, colour expert Judy Smith says ‘Shades of the palest pink, sherbet lemon or mint green can look chic and modern if paired with neutral grey tones’. Great idea for a Spring update, see the Crown range here.

Create a Spring-like focal-point in the bathroom or bedroom with flowers and bulbs; display in a gorgeous handblown glass vase; this is by Nordic House.  Timing is everything of course, but we reckon it’s easy enough to buy potted blooming bulbs and transfer them to a glass display vase. See the Nordic House range of items here.

Utopia’s Original Fitted Furniture in the Amelia door style has graceful, traditional styling, which is perfectly complimented in the Duck Egg Blue colourway. If you’re not feeling the duck-egg vibe, it’s also available in other shades, including grey, parchment, sage and white … all perfectly gorgeous with pastel paint shades. See the Amelia from Utopia range here.

A spring update usually involves cleaning blinds, shutters and curtains, and of course, wondering where on earth all the dust comes from.  Having recently had to clean a set of white shutters in preparation for installing a new window scheme, the most practical advice I have to offer is to make absolutely sure the shutters are totally dry, then use a soft paintbrush (about 2” wide is just right) and brush downwards, going horizontally along every edge and then downwards. You’ll be standing or kneeling in a puddle of dust at the end of it, but the shutters will look very spruce! These Ice Blue stone-washed rod pocket curtains from LinenMe are perfect for a subtle update, whilst looking light and breezy; see the rest of the LinenMe curtain and fabric range here.

TIME FOR TILES

Plain (ish) white tiles can still look interesting. It’s perfectly possible to still have the quiet appeal of plain white tiles … after all, plain white anything generally looks sophisticated and elegant, but to add a bit of oomph! We love the idea of installing wall tiles in a herringbone pattern, as shown here, or using coloured grout. Left; You furniture in Teal with Durham Oak top, teamed with White Brick tiles. Middle; Rustic Brick tiles in Magnolia with coloured grout. Right; Head off into the opposite direction with intensely patterned floor tiles – these are Bohemian Blues. All from Utopia’s fabulous tile collections, see all the options, and get inspired here.

And finally, for something rather different but very inspirational, have a look at the newest tiles for walls and floors from the Domus Living Ceramics new collection. If you want three-dimensional, industrial, clay or cement-style designs, all reproduced in porcelain, these may spark some imaginative room scheme plans. From left; Beren Wall Light Grey Six, Gubi Wall Anthracite Prints and Gubi Wall Cloud Peak. All available from the end of February, visit Domus here for technical details.