As winter settles in, why not liven up your indoor spaces with some rich colour? There’s nothing like deep, saturated colour for transforming a room into a place that zings with personality, so get your sample pots ready and fire up your imagination. Here are five of our favourite ways to use rich colour around the home.
Use contrasting – even clashing – colours for instant impact, or opt for a softer effect by using varying tones of the same hue. In this room (see images, below), we made use of varying tones to create a striking feature wall. For the background, we chose PPG Paints Palewood and used Allamanda for the stripes. The lower wall was painted with Dulux Tapawera.
Here's how to create this look:
For a delightful surprise, try a pretty shade of paint inside a shelf unit. Paint the edges in a darker colour to draw attention to what lies inside.
To make this colourful unit (see image, below), we constructed a flat pack Kaboodle Kitchen wall cabinet, centred the shelf supports and filled in the spare holes. Then we applied a primer suitable for laminate, painted it and attached painted bun feet for a unique touch.
Love the colours we used? Here’s the colour rundown: PPG Paints Earth Angel (for the pink interior), Dulux Ōhiwa (for the pale green exterior) and Hidden Depths (for the dark green edges), and Rust-Oleum Red Currant (for the red feet).
To make neutral bathroom fixtures and finishes pop, brush bold colour onto the walls. Choose décor that's in the same or similar hue to the wall – this will help tie the space together.
A small pop of contrasting colour is also a great idea. (Refer to a complementary colour chart to see what works well with your hue.) We used the colour Finnegan by Dulux on the bathroom walls (see image, below).
If you’re still dipping your toe into using bold colour in your home, try including a statement piece instead of something bigger (like a feature wall).
This custom arch framed mirror, for example (see image, above) is a perfect D.I.Y. décor example. We made this arch frame by cutting MDF panels to shape, then painted then in PPG Paints water-based low sheen enamel in Earth Angel. We then secured a mirror between the panels and attached the finished piece in place with a safety furniture anchor.
Safety tip: A leaning mirror can look fabulous, but secure it with fixtures appropriate for your wall type to prevent toppling.
Try a more subtle statement wall colour if you're after a more refined and elegant look. Consider rich reds with a shade with brown undertones for a warm and cocooning look and feel. This look pairs perfectly with timber floorboards. The brown notes in the wall colour can help the floors sink into the background.
To finish off a dramatic room, style with simple and sculptural furnishings which will look extra-striking against the wall colour.
Watch our useful instructional video for a guide through interior colour selection.
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Photo Credit: Belinda Merrie