A classic neutral stripe with soft watercolour strokes and a gentle palette of blue and stone that will give interest to but not dominate your walls. Southwold from Sanderson is £49 a roll from johnlewis.com.
GP&J Baker’s Silverton Weave in Aqua/Ivory seems to effortlessly combine a weave with both texture and sheen, but not glitz. Suitable for curtains and upholstery it is £79 a metre from tm-interiors.co.uk.
Farrow and Ball’s classic Pointing is named after the lime pointing in traditional paintwork and is a versatile off white. £24 for 750ml from farrow-ball.com.
Soft with a gentle drape and sheen, Ian Mankin’s versatile Newbury Hopsack is suitable for both curtains and light upholstery. £39.50 from ianmankin.co.uk.
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