Connect the dots for a stylish look

Harlequin's new children's collection All About Me and (below) Momentum 3.
Harlequin's new children's collection All About Me and (below) Momentum 3.

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Polka dots are perfect for adding fun and colour into your home.

For some reason we subliminally associate dots with cheery happy things, which is probably why so many children’s fabric and wallpaper collections feature spotty designs.

Classic spots in fun bright primary colours appeal to our cheery side by being somehow jolly and uplifting.

If you’re looking for strong definite spots then it is always worth looking among children’s fabric and wallpaper ranges which nearly always feature spotty designs.

Harlequin’s new children’s collection All About Me, which features quirky, humorous and fun, funky fabrics and witty wallpapers for all ages, includes Abacus, which is a graphic representation of beads on an abacus (shown on the bed in the picture).

Made up of rows of dots, the design comes as a wallpaper or a fabric in two vivacious colour ways which would be as ideal for a kitchen or a bathroom as it is in a children’s room.

Even in a very sophisticated glamorous room, the addition of a dotty fabric can relax the formality, making it more personable and charming.

Harlequin’s Momentum 3 collection, which seeks to conjure up the global chic of international boutique

hotel styling, features Polka – a lovely tufted, slightly irregular, raised velvet spot on a subtle linen-look background.

The picture shows the black and silver colour way on a stylish contemporary chair but the design also suits scatter cushions, dining chair seats and footstools where a few spots add a playful twist in an otherwise formal look.

Polka comes in 10 different colour options.

Spots and dots work well with stripes and geometric patterns as well as florals.

In heritage colours like sage green and soft blue they can look very traditional, particularly if they are on a cream background and have a soft almost hand-painted edge.

Definite spots in strong colours on white backgrounds look very contemporary.

Spots and dots also look great in bathrooms and kitchens on blinds, shower curtains and walls.

Nothing quite says summer like spotty bunting, spotty china and spotty cake stands but alas it looks like we might have to get our hit of spotty fun from wearing spotty Wellingtons.

· Simone runs The Interior Trading Co in Marmion Road , Southsea,