Breathe some life into your rooms by bringing some colour to your walls. Read our 5 colour rules before you start.

  • Choose a colour that appeals. People with colourful homes aren’t worried about making mistakes. Start with a colour you love. Go for the boldest shade and test it on the wall, you can try again if it doesn’t work.
  • Take your time. Paint a metre-square swatch on the wall and live with it for a while, checking it in natural and artificial light, especially if you’re choosing a metallic or textured finish.
  • Do the maths. Designers work to a simple rule of 60% colour in a room from walls, 30% from furniture, flooring or window treatments, 10% from art and soft furnishings. Consider where your colour impact is coming from.
  • Don’t overdo it. Dramatic walls can be too intense if matched with a multi-hued rug, sofa and patterned cushions. Choose one of these to be the most eye-catching and keep the walls light.
  • Use primer. When changing the colour of a wall, have a blank canvas by using white or tinted primer first so the original paint doesn’t affect the new coat.

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