Featuring 14 gloriously bright and warm shades, Friendly Barter is one of our key colour trends of 2015. Selected by our colour team, who scour the design world to develop trends each year, this palette celebrates energetic, eclectic and spontaneous ways of being creative in the home. Use these colours in any combination to bring a welcoming vibe to your spaces and spread the love…

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New lease of life

The Friendly Barter palette brings out the best in warm wood tones, so it's a natural choice for sprucing up DIY projects and upcycled pieces. Even the most pocket-friendly of raw materials, such as chipboard and old veg crates, can be enhanced by Friendly Barter's rich oranges, pale pinks and cool greys.

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On your blocks

With a mix of bright, punchy shades and more tonal hues, Friendly Barter's colours are for blocking techniques. Intersperse white areas through your scheme for even more of a contrast, and have fun with playful accessories and displays. What could be more cheerful?

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Hip to be square

Who would have thought Chartreuse Charm and Summer Pecan 1 would look so good side by side? This trend makes friends of unlikely colours in refreshing combos – the trick is to not over-think it. Pair shades you like together and don't worry about whether they 'match' – a clash looks modern and fun. Painting smaller blocks of colours over walls and ledges is a lighter way to try out your favoured shades.

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All in the details

The smallest hit of colour from the Friendly Barter palette can dramatically change a room's ambience for the better. Consider this grey shade, Sincere Brew – by adding small colourful details, such as a strip of red at the top of the wall, or dipping chair legs in tonal browns, the room feels instantly warmer and, well, more friendly.

See more inspiring palettes in our Travels in Colour range, or for more colour blocking ideas check out 6 New Ways to Work Colour Blocking at Home.

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