Our Guide to Using Bold Colours
Between gem-like pops of pink, flashes of zingy orange and yellow, and a sea of blues and greens, our palette is bursting with bold ideas, primed for creating the most daring combinations and inspired touches. A dark scheme can be just as bold, with inky blues, deep greens and just-off-blacks creating drama in any room of the home. Whether you’re feeling brave or waiting to be tempted, we’ve got our top tips for using bold colour right here.
1. Create a Bright Spot with a Feature Wall
For feature wall ideas, look no further than our Colour by Nature collection. This new palette of 16 colours features some of our most statement-making shades, from the irresistible zestiness of Dutch Orange to the intensely glamorous Lake Red, with rich greens, luxurious purples, and cheery cornflower blues added for good measure.
For a fresh look, try pairing a feature wall in your chosen shade with its complementary white on the remaining walls – you can find complementary whites for all of our colours on their individual product pages.
2. Try a Classic Combination
The way we combine colours in a room can have just as much impact as the colours themselves. For a first foray into using bolder shades, especially in a space you use all the time, our colour experts recommend balancing a strong wall colour with a white trim and ceiling. This is one of the most traditional and well-loved formulas in interior decorating, and with good reason – it gives any space a carefully considered look, adding crisp contrast and a feeling of freshness.
3. Paint from Floor to Ceiling
Contrary to popular belief, the smallest spaces can often have the most to gain from a coat of strong colour. Resisting the temptation to paint a small room white can be tough, but the rewards are plentiful, creating rich, jewel-like spaces that delight, invite, and envelop – especially when you bring the ceiling in on the fun, too.
Entranceways, which we pass through frequently but don’t tend to linger in, are prime candidates for the boldest looks, and as hallway colour ideas go, deep teals, blues and greens are hard to beat. Mixing gloss and matt finishes, as the owners of this Inchyra Blue hallway have done, is a great shortcut to a grand entrance, while keeping sheen levels similar across walls, ceiling and woodwork creates a more cocooning feel in this Vardo living room.
4. Take it Off the Walls
Why let the walls grab all the attention? In this otherwise monochrome kitchen, with its palette of All White and Pitch Black, the zingy brightness of Yellowcake Modern Eggshell transforms the floor into an eye-catching feature. This tough, scuff-proof finish makes the ideal floor paint, with its Class I Scrub Rating and full range of 146 colours meaning you can go as bold – or as neutral – as you like.
Bold bedroom paint ideas needn’t begin and end with your wall colour, either. Painting the long walls and ceiling of this attic bedroom in pale Dimpse keeps it feeling light and breezy, while picking out the short walls and beams in stronger shades of Down Pipe and Eating Room Red adds structure and interest.
5. Update Hidden Spaces
Whether it’s a secret backstairs, the inside of a cupboard, the back of a bookcase, or even a rarely used guest room, a flash of bright colour in an otherwise neutral home always has the power to surprise and delight. The cheery brightness of Rangwali or the jewel-like intensity of Vardo may feel overstimulating for a relaxing space like the bedroom, living room or study, but used in the parts of your home that aren’t always on display, they’re a sure-fire way to raise a smile.