Colour? Turn it up. Pattern? The busier the better. Humour? Make us smile! These fun-filled ideas, taken from a new book, show how to give your home a bright and brave update.
Viva el retro
For Spanish interior designer Patricia Bustos, being bold in her Madrid apartment means combining different eras, ignoring outdated rules about matching and injecting quirkiness into all of her projects.
Mild meets wild
Dutch designer Pien Essink’s townhouse demonstrates how a bold home can have a neutral backdrop enlivened with dashes of strong colour and daring furniture.
Hot shots of colour
This Victorian terraced house on a quiet street in West London has seen a lot of changes. Rachel and Chris Roberts, with their young family, have made it their own, redesigning it from top to bottom with the help of Office S&M, an architectural firm commissioned to create a stylish, child-friendly home (officesandm.com).
Feature by Emily Henson
Be Bold: Interiors for the Brave of Heart by Emily Henson with photographs by Catherine Gratwicke is published by Ryland Peters & Small, price £19.99. To order a copy for £15.99 until 18 November, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 0844 571 0640; p&p is free on orders over £15.