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Sometimes the best decorating comes from keeping it simple. Consider colour: used on a grand scale, a single hue can create a dramatic room.

Take Diana Vreeland's famous red living room: Rich in wow-factor, it was the perfect backdrop for the legendary magazine editor's larger-than-life personality. I recently read her choice to go with red, red and more red was because, "I want this room to be a garden — but a garden in hell."

Magazines — including House & Home — have devoted entire issues to the all-white room, but I also think its counterpoint, the all black room, can be just as livable and inviting. A rich mix of textures keeps the look luxe, not gothic, so the overall effect is cosy and calming.

Designer Miles Redd, the reigning champion of exuberant colour, used shades of black on black in a men's dressing room. Tailored and timeless, it's hard to imagine a more soothing space to get ready in the morning and begin to unwind at the end of the day.

See our Editors' Daring Paint Colours photo gallery for more ideas.

Photo credits:
3. Favn Sofa, designed by Jaime Hayon, Fritz Hansen
4. Miles Redd, photography by Francesco Lagnes


Kimberley Brown

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