Be inspired by the cheerful hues of folk art

Show your appreciation for the beauty of traditional crafts in a folk-inspired room.

In this modern world, sometimes it’s nice to slow down and appreciate traditional ways of living. Folk-inspired design is one way to balance our busy lifestyles. At the same time, it encourages us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves – and to discover our inner artist along the way.

Inspired by folk art and creative living, this colour trend is all about appreciating beauty and skillfull work in traditional crafts. The secret to achieving this look is to keep patterns simple for maximum impact. Combine similar shades like plum, damson and Burgundy for a harmonious look. Then add a surprise contrast of ochre or light petrol blue to create something more personal. Let your creativity shine by hand-painting patterns on walls and furniture. Want inspiration? Look to the intricate shapes of South American needlework or the colourful dyes of traditional African fabrics.