Bright and Dotty Living Room

05d84b745448174ab483e986847a2669I stumbled on this image browsing colourful living rooms on Pinterest and immediately thought ‘I want that in my house- but there’s no way I’ll be able to do a blog post on it’. I knew it’d be tricky to find items to replicate this look, but a few weeks later, I thought I’d give it a go. The room was put together by stylist Sally Conran, and I am now a huge fan of her work.



Items ready and waiting for you to purchase from our Great British Highstreet


1 ‘Tivoli’ dining armchair. £179 Wayfair. To make this more of an occasional chair, you could trim a few inches off the legs to make it a little more relaxed. I couldn’t find any specific tutorials, but this forum thread will give some ideas of where to start.

2 Multi-coloured coat hook. £6 A Place For Everything. Two together almost emulates the Eames design icon, but £186 cheaper

3 ‘Jonah’ sofa. £499 Made

4 Desk lamp. £12 Wilkinsons

5 ‘Ibiza’ Hammam towel. £24 Bohemia Design

6 ‘Jali’ yellow rug 183x122cm. £295 The Rug Company (or for a cheaper, plainer option ‘York’ rug from £64, Debenhams)

7 Embossed vase. £13.99 Dunelm

8 Mustard blanket. £29.99 Amazon

9 Polka Dot wallpaper. £25 per roll Kids Fabrics (an alternative to the DIY project below)

10 ‘Lovbacken’ side table. £40 Ikea

11 Recycled glass vase. £15 Amazon

12 ‘Tam Tam’ stool. £15 Habitat

13 ‘Chloe’ three drawer chest. £299 Wilkinsons


A bit more work, but with a box of bits and tutorials a click away, you can create something by hand and at a fraction of the price of buying new

InteriorLooks17DIY1 I can’t tell you how much I’d like to give this a go- I really love ditzy dot prints rather than the uniformed polka dot. There are plenty of tutorials online showing how to lino print your own wallpaper, like this one:

I’ve put together this template for a 40x30cm piece of lino, but it would be good to resize the image to within the dimensions of lining paper (for example, paper 60cm in width, would fit two 30cm width prints side by side, with nothing being cut off).

dots lino templateLino printing tools and inks can be purchased from loads of places, including Turners Art Shop.

2 There’s a few cushions to make for this- including the seat cushion for the occasional chair. You can pick up a tick piece of foam from markets and fabric shops for around £10, I love this easy seat cover tutorial with minimal sewing. If I were making one, I’d use ‘Millwood Leaf’ fabric from Laura Ashley.

Sew simple envelope scatter cushions in fabrics which match the colour scheme- such as in red and white geometric print, and soft blue and yellow brushed cotton, both sourced through Fabric Buy. 

3 Finally, transform cheap bright cotton fabric, some cheap iron on transfers and some mini pom pom trim into bright, round cushions. You could even give your embroidery skills as go by embellishing with leaves  



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