The top picks in party-ready interiors

Get your glad rags on, it’s soirée season.

And what better way to celebrate than to throw a ball of your own? Drawn up for carrying wine, throwing shapes and adding festive frills, this group of attendees offers everything you’ll need for a fabulous fiesta.

Swipe through the gallery for an assortment of party finishing touches – from candlesticks to cocktail sticks. 

Sozzled pals not included. 

Inside Track 

Interiors expert Sophie Ashby on mastering the art of colour

Q: Any tips on how to create a great colour scheme for any room?

A: Start by choosing three key colours for your space. For example, when incorporating greens and blues into a living room, I would start with fairly neutral walls and perhaps a warm, off-white for the larger furniture. Then add stronger greens and blues using upholstery, smaller furniture, art and accessories. My final touches might include the odd burst of yellow or orange to disrupt the perfection.

I don’t think it’s possible to have too much colour. To create a rich, layered and bright room, I say ‘go for broke’. Create coherency by repeating the colours you use on different elements in the room. For example, at home I used oranges, blues, greens, yellows and red, but for every item in that colour (ie a yellow floor lamp) there would be another object in the room of the same shade.

Sophie Ashby gives her top tips for creating a colour scheme for your home

I enjoy experimenting with strong paint colours on the walls and Farrow & Ball has some great pages on its website ( dedicated to helping you discover what works and where. I often suggest picking a more muted version of a colour you like, for example a greyish blue, dirty pink or mossy green. This can then become a backdrop on which you layer stronger colour.


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