Colour Pop: 11 Ways To Be Inspired By Brights And Bolds
Hot off the interiors runway, here’s how to shuffle those shades for a colourful style shake-up
24 February 2019
All Credits: PA
If you don’t want to play it safe, aren’t afraid to tread boldly, and have taken a shine to making a spring statement, then you’re bang up to date with the current trend for blending deep, decadent shades with bolds and brights.
Designers love to keep us on our toes – and, as Donna Taylor, PPG colour expert and principal technical colour consultant at Johnstone’s Paint, says: “This year is all about embracing colour and inspiring people to use it in unique ways, whether that’s through pairing bolds with sophisticated neutrals, or being clever with palettes and design features to make the most of different spaces.”
Johnstone’s Feature Wall paints (Johnstone’s/PA)
To give you a head start on using colour with confidence, the colour stylists at Johnstone’s paint have launched three new palettes to inspire consumers to introduce bright and daring schemes – but for maximum impact, they cite the ‘feature wall’ as the biggest trend for 2019, with statement colours getting ever more popular.
Their Interior Walls & Ceilings Feature Wall range includes an array of tropical hues, such as Caribbean Tide, Vivid Violet and Empire Jewel, from £14.99 for 2.5L (visit johnstonespaint.com for stockists).
Elsewhere, just as we’re finally heading towards the brighter seasons, shops are welcoming in joyful shades too – all you need to do is find the right brights for you.
For inspiration, check out these 11 bold buys…
1. Johnstone’s 304028 2.5L Matt Emulsion Paint – Passion Pink, Amazon
“The main intention of a feature wall in a room is to create a focal point and add interest to the space. To achieve this, the colour needs to be striking enough to draw the eye to it. Using bold colours will help to create impact or drama, using vibrant colours can give a sense of freshness to the space,” says Taylor.
“Bold feature walls should not be used in small spaces, as this will shrink the area further. It’s advised that pastel colours would work better on all walls and bold colours introduced as artwork, accessories and soft furnishings instead.”
2. Coloured Shot Glasses – Set of Six, Oliver Bonas
To keep it fresh and bring something new to the table – or drinks trolley – these colourful shot glasses can be used to serve cocktails alongside sweet desserts for a sense of fun.
3. Motorised Capital Roller Blind Collection: Blinds and Dream Motor (operated by a DreamHub)
Dor information and stockists, visit apollo-blinds.co.uk.
With so much colour being showcased, you’ll want to keep the light flooding in. Along with being semi translucent, Apollo Blinds’ Camden range has an exceptionally wide colour palette (66 options), so there’s no excuse when it comes to hunting down your sock-it-to-me must-have shade.
4. A by Amara Grid Crochet Cushion – Pink, Amara
Who would have thought crochet could be cool again? The arts and craft movement is in full swing, and this bubble-gum pink cushion should inspire some creativity.
5. Clarissa Hulse Angeliki Fabric – Sunset, Cushions from clarissahulse.com
6. Broste Copenhagen Alrik Vase/Tealight Holder – Blue/Smoke Pine, Amara
Having set the tone with your pot of paint, vibrant decos and flea-market finds, tealights in colourful candle-holders are an essential buy to show off those brush strokes and make inky walls look even more dramatic.
7. Lava Lamps, grahamandgreen.co.uk
A Sixties icon, and great investment piece, lava lamps are trending once more (did they ever really go out of fashion?). For maximum effect, more is more, especially when you can play swirls of bright bubbles in perpetual motion against existing stony neutrals. These from Graham & Green are available in four ‘groovy’ colours.
8. Miami Collection Navy Blue Classic Velvet Sofa, Neon Box Sign (other decos from a selection), grahamandgreen.co.uk
Inspired by ‘stylish Palm Beach hideouts’, this three-seater sofa with left chaise and middle element makes a great building block if you want to fast-track to a funky resort lifestyle, coupled with some kitsch accessories. Come summer, go for a glam, boho chic vibe, with pom-pom cushions, textured light fittings and vintage seashell accessories.
9. Sara Miller London Portmeirion Chelsea Collection Cake Plates – Set of 4, portmeirion.co.uk
Pretty as a picture, we think these decorative birds in flight would look brilliant hanging on a statement wall. Check out Pinterest for inspiration as to how to group them together.
10. Brighton Sofa – Plush Velvet Peony (available from late-Feb), Darlings of Chelsea
For a sense of drama, a plush velvet sofa will bring richness to any room, especially when it’s styled against that all-important dark wall. And if you can’t bear to part with a restful palette, simple dark accessories in natural materials will complement that pop of colour.
11. Make Your Own Neon Light, Oliver Bonas
If you don’t want to hang a lot of pictures on the wall, but fancy putting your name (or a message) in lights, what’s not to love about playing around with three metres of flexi wire to make your own neon sign…