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Interior inspiration: around the world in colour

Spending more time at home lately has left many of us feeling in need of an interior refresh, and what better way to brighten up lockdown life than by adding a splash of colour. So if you’re looking to redecorate, or you’re simply in need of a mood-boosting mood board, this colourful collection of boutique hotels is sure to set you on the right (and bright!) track…

Romantic in Red

Whether scarlet, crimson, cherry, or ruby, red is undoubtedly the colour of love. Put a little passion into your interiors with plush materials in deep rouge like a velvet armchair or chenille throw, or a more rustic look with artisan touches like Castello di Reschio or painted wooden details on display at Rodos Park Suites & Spa Hotel. Take it to the bedroom with a statement headboard and canopy in the style of The Chesterfield Hotel, or make like Luton Hoo Hotel and give yourself the royal treatment – matching carpets and all.

All About Orange

Often overlooked for its bold aesthetic, when used tastefully accents of orange can make interiors feel warm and welcoming. Conjuring up images of sunsets, Aperol Spritz, and citrus groves, the addition of orange to your home will transport you to sunnier settings. For a hint of retro glamour as seen in the suites of Altstadt Vienna and Hôtel Lou Pinet, opt for a 1960s-style electric orange egg chair paired with neon lights, or colour-popping footstools selectively scattered around the room. Stand out from the sofa crowd like Villa di Piazzano by making an entrance in tangerine, or try a more subtle take on the feature wall trend in burnt orange as styled by Nira Caledonia.

Yes to Yellow

The happiest hue on the colour wheel, yellow is a guaranteed bedroom-brightener. Bursting with Mediterranean zest, Boheme Hotel combines polka-dot yellow cushions with thoughtfully placed fruit bowls, a look which can easily be achieved at home. Les Sources de Caudalie and the Beech Suite at Foxhill Manor show guests how to go bold in the bathroom by matching mustard yellow walls with free-standing tubs, while Palm Suite and Ovolo The Valley Brisbane add a cheerful splash of sunshine with buttery bedspreads, lemon sherbet sofas and loud wallpaper.

Go for Green

From tropical tones to softer shades of the countryside, creating a green, serene space can easily be achieved by an assortment of houseplants. Adding foliage not only looks fabulous, but it’s possible to improve the air quality and boost productivity levels by bringing the outdoors in. Create your very own vertical garden like the living walls at The George, or bring your walls to life in a different way with palm prints and blooming patterns in the style of Hotel Palacio de Villapanés or Hulbert House.

Feeling Blue

As the colour of the sky and the sea, this soothing shade works wonders on our mood – by using tranquil tones of blue around the house, you’ll soon start to find your own inner peace. Halcyon House keeps things coastal with nautical stripes and cornflower blue bedrooms accessorised with beach trinkets, expertly creating an eclectic mix of patterns, prints and fabrics courtesy of designer, Anna Spiro. Blissfully blending the blues of its seaside setting, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is the epitome of coastal cool, whilst the individually designed rooms at Galleria Vik Milano are a lesson in the art of colour-blocking.

Pretty in Pink and Purple

No longer just for little girls, thinking pink in small doses can take interiors from soft to sophisticated. From the pretty pastel walls of the delicately decorated spa at Halcyon House, to the hot pink palette of the Attic Suite at Dormy House, these easy-on-the-eye aesthetics are as comforting as they are chic. The memorable murals of Ca’Sagredo Hotel and Casa Angelina take pink to the next level with floor-to-ceiling coverage, inspiring a hand-painted approach in complementary colours. If you’re looking to go deeper and darker, the maroon walls of the Bank Hotel Penthouse or Dorsia Hotel‘s fuchsia chaise longue are colours to contemplate.