Bored with good old magnolia but don’t know where to start with bolder colours? If so, you are not alone. Most people know that colour is the easiest and most affordable way to change the look of their home but lack the confidence to take the plunge with stronger tones.

In a recent article in The Sunday Times Home section, journalist Katrina Burroughs confidently states that “colour and character are back” she continues that “family spaces, full of colour and individuality are flourishing again”. Kate Burnett of the Evening Standard agrees: “Colour and paint: If there is one sure way of reinventing your home, this is it” she continues “a tin of paint is all you need to achieve a room’s full potential” she urges us to “get out of neutral and go full throttle for colour”.

Image courtesy of The Evening Standard

Easier said than done you may be thinking, but as our good friend Debbie Blott of The Decor Café says “you just have to know the rules of the game – then colour will become your best decorating friend”. She advises would-be colourists to “start by thinking about what colours you like”and continues “you will be happy when your room reflects you and your personality. If you want to create a room that is bright, cheerful and uplifting choose colours that are in keeping, just like the room pictured here – owned by one of the sunniest couples I know”. Explore pinks from our  exclusive brand designer collections to get this effect.

Liberty Paint Garden Collection

Mr & Mrs Smith – At Home City Collection

Fleur Pinks & Reds Collection


Another easy and practical starting point is to work from the colours that exist already. If you have an expensive carpet or furniture you can’t change use it as a starting point – or introduce a new fabric you love and use the colours in that.

Use a mix of colours for a more interesting look – consider using one main colour and smaller amounts of bolder contrasting colours, perhaps on one wall, the floor or just in cushions and accessories. And you can use colour to add interesting details to a room – like the pink window sills here. Try colours from the Liberty Paint Garden Collection to achieve this look.

Kate Burnett advises “take a good, hard look at the room that you are planning to change” she continues “just concentrate on the light coming into the space, the height of the ceilings and walls that define the shape of the room”. Do we want to make the room brighter or more cosy, moody even?

Debbie adds “Lighting is another fabulous tool to make more of your room, but be careful because it makes a huge difference to the way colours appear”. All you need to do is to think about it at the start. Which direction does your room face? Warm colours will warm up north facing rooms and cooler shades are great in bright south-facing spaces. When will you be using the room? A bedroom is most often used in the mornings and evenings so it is more likely to be seen in artificial light. Table lamps will create mood and shade, impacting on the look of the colour.

When you are trying out your paint colour before you buy it (and that is a MUST because nobody can visualise colour accurately) make sure you paint it on something that you can move around and not on the wall so that you can see how it looks in every variation of light and shade. Better still try out the innovative new iPatch – a real coat of paint on a low-tack adhesive backing that lets you try colour anywhere you want without the need to repaint your walls later. Watch the iPatch video.

Debbie Blott concludes “Have confidence in what you like but temper it with a little know how – think about the look you want to achieve, what exists, the lighting and proportion, but most of all try before you buy!”

With thanks to:
Debbie Blott of The Decor Cafe
Kate Burnett of The Evening Standard
Katrina Burroughs of The Sunday Times
Featured image: La Belle Juliett, Paris courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith
Supporting images 2 & 4 courtesy of The Decor Cafe and Dulux