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Seven Tips For Using Bold Colours

Using bright or bold colours at home takes some guts, and it makes lots of people nervous. But leading with your heart when it comes to colour is the absolute best place to start. Think less about what ‘works’ in your mind, and start any room makeover with a wall colour that you love. Here are our four top-tips for making the most out of bright and bold colours:

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How about statement Oranges like Mezcal or a deep terracotta like Baked.

1 . Go floor to ceiling

Smaller spaces can feel bigger with a bold and daring colour, especially when you include the ceiling too. By choosing a bold colour for your ceiling and walls, you can embrace the space with that one shade, and style to create contrast and an atmosphere of your choice. You can also utilise molding and trim which add volume to your ceiling. 

Bold Ceiling Colours COAT Paints

@zephs_house via insta, embracing the bold black all-over look

2 . Try feature walls

Feature walls are a great way to liven up a space in your home, providing the perfect opportunity to experiment with bold statement colours. They're no longer the preserve of the 90's, and can be a super quick and easy way to change a space with different coloured walls. Select an accent wall to define the space and pair with complementary colours to suit your chosen shade. White shades like Screenshot are great next to bright paint colours as they make the colour pop whilst adding a crisp contrast. 

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Feature walls aren't just for the 90's. They're a simple way to intro bold colours.

3 . Play with colour blocking

Experiment with colour blocking and pair two statement colours together to create deliberate drama and make a space feel energised. If you have a space with less architectural details, you could use masking tape to create focus shapes in areas of the room. Diagonals from a corner or scalloped edges are awesome.

Pink colour block feature wall by COAT paints

Try half-height walls with shapes like @meganrosemurray via Insta

Geometric colour blocking COAT paints

Full on geometric by @oliviasstyle, yellow Moritz, teal The Drink, orange My Island

4 . Always choose colours for their purpose

Colours have psychological effects – it’s science. The overall colour and the shade chosen can make a big difference to how you feel in a space, especially when we're talking bold colours. Orange for example can make us feel playful and cheery, whilst an electric blue is going to be super stimulating and energising. Go steady with bold colours in the bedroom, especially if you struggle with sleep. Dark wall colours can actually create a cosy feel which is great for your bedroom. 

Bright pink bold feature wall COAT paints

Half-height walls can be a nice balancer for bold colours

5. Try a foolproof combination

The key is balance when it comes to using a bold colour in your space, the way you place colours alongside each other can make all the difference. If you're new to using colour, we'd recommend balancing a strong wall colour like The Four Poster with a off-white/grey tone like Sweatpants. Try using the lighter colour as a white trim on woodwork and the ceiling to give the room a elevated look, adding a sense of freshness, whilst still making a statement with a pop of colour. 

6. Consider the meaning of neutral 

The definition of a neutral is kind of subjective, neutrals are really just a base. Traditionally you think of creams, greys, beige tones however colours like The Trail can be seen as a modern neutral, the foundation for your colour palette. Consider starting with a 'neutral' hue and building the right colour palette around it, it's not as daunting as it may seem, trust us. 

7. Think hallway and staircase

Make a great first impression with your hallway and staircase by using it as an opportunity to play with colours. For a welcoming first impression why not use a vibrant blue like The Establishment paired with a David Rose staircase. Feeling inspired? Chat to our colour consultants for more colourful hallway ideas. 

Ready to give some colour a go? You know you want to. Start with some Peel & Stick colour swatches and get a feel for the bold colours in your space.

Go with your gut. You got this ✌🏽





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