where to use a bold paint colour

A Beginner’s Guide to using Bold Colour Effectively

We often encounter clients who say they are afraid of colour but, when we get right down to it, it is really that they are afraid of making bold and/or costly decisions that they worry they will tire of in the long run.

Add some drama to your dining room by using bold paint colour

Add some drama to your dining room by using bold paint colour

Here are a few ways to ensure that you get the impact you want without the risk you fear:

  • A powder room is a great place to try a bold colour. It is a transient space—never used for very long—and always experienced in isolation from the other spaces around it. The door is (almost) always closed! So, it is an opportunity to make a “jewelbox” of a space. This is a great place to try deep violets, reds or navies, or to use a really dramatic wallpaper. Avoid greens and yellows as they are not as complimentary to many skin tones and can make you or your guests look sickly if not lit properly.

  • You don’t have to use deep colour in big swaths; use it in strategic places throughout the home to create a cohesive look. For example, try black doors or windows in an otherwise light and neutral palette. Or, anchor an architectural feature like a fireplace in a deep shade of grey.

Anchor an architectural feature like a fireplace in a deep shade of grey.

Anchor an architectural feature like a fireplace in a deep shade of grey.

  • For those who have trouble sleeping, saturated hues can actually be your best friend! Darker colours will help to absorb light, creating an enveloping feeling in the evening and absorbing light bleeding through your shades in the morning.  Focus on cooler shades for bedrooms; warmer colours like red and orange can be stimulating and make you restless.

This nursery is calm and warm while using a very saturated deep teal wall paint.

This nursery is calm and warm while using a very saturated deep teal wall paint.