Lilac was the colour of the moment back in the Nineties, but it's finding its feet once more as a natural partner for ever-popular shades of grey. Stick to a chalky finishes on walls, natural, slubby linens for fabrics and simple furniture for a relaxed, casual look that moves away from the fussy, French-inspired lilac schemes of old.
Add touches of brushed metal, and you'll really bring this soft purple shade to life.
Combine lilac walls with fabrics in a mix of grey tones, then lift the scheme with a few metal highlights. Cinder Rose Estate Emulsion, £38 for 2.5 ltr, Farrow and Ball. Plumbago matt emulsion, £35.50 for 2.5 ltr, Fired Earth.
B7 Lilac Alterior Matt Emulsion, £36.50 for 2.5 ltr, Eicó. Bellini armchair in Sloe textured cotton (H80cm x W59cm x D72cm) £475, Loaf. Woven-knit throw, £75, Shabby Chic range, House of Fraser.
Satin grey table lamp, £135, Barker & Stonehouse. Pale amethyst square velvet cushion, £40, Nigella range, Laura Ashley. Go for glamour by teaming lilac walls with sumptuous, deep-blue velvet seating.
Balance the blocks of colour with geometric pattern. Brassica Estate Emulsion, £38 for 2.5 ltr, Farrow & Ball.
Venetian blue velvet, £57 per m, Forenza collection, Romo.
Team a patterened wallpaper and French- style furniture painted in shimmering silver for a luxury feel, then layer up fabrics in a mix of soft lilac hues to add soothing colour.
Kimono wallpaper in Amethyst, £39 per roll, Laura Ashley. Old Cream matt emulsion, £35.50 for 2.5 ltr, Fired Earth.