Favourite Pink Painted Walls

I have collected images of pink walls to entice and intrigue. NEVER would I have thought I’d have a pink wall! Yes it will initially be a tiny slither of a wall in my office but look out boys if I like it it’s travelling to other parts of the house!

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10 Favourite Painted Floors

Painted floors can look fabulous or a little DIY (ouch) research your paint, choose your colour, prepare the boards, apply the paint according to the teeny tiny instructions on the can - let them DRY ;)

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What do you love?

What’s your style? Lots of people say they don’t know …. that’s ok! Most peeps know what they don’t like so that’s a good starting point. From stating what you can’t stand you often are able to figure out what you do like even if it doesn’t get a specific style name! Who wants to live in a categorised box anyway!

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Kinship ~ 2018 Colour Trends by Dulux

Colour + Words ~ well combined SELL. It's true!  Dulux has used words such as Kinship and Essential to name their collection of colours for 2018 released in 2017. It's such powerful stuff. How about the words "The Dulux Colour trends 2018 harness the power of colour to balance the complex challenges of everyday life" ~  Really? Ok let's have some ......

Dulux words ~ Kinship is a celebration of cultural heritage with fresh, contemporary overtures and colours that have been brought together to lift you up and cocoon you in. 

My words ~ Kinship would be really easy to combine and get it terribly wrong! It could be one folksy mess. A few years back Dwell had a Client with 18 colours in the one house! True story. We were called in to 'fix' the problem by making some white. This was a much tougher job than it sounds.  

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*All images via Dulux 

Beach Colours

Ahhh summer days are soon ending. This colour palette is inspired by NSW's beautiful far north coast. Colours are from Resene, they have 6000 online colours to chose from .... that's why you need us ;)  

Bold Exterior Colour

Most of us wouldn't dare to be so bold with our exterior colour choices but when done right a home painted in bright colours looks amazing!  Of course you need to consider the style of architecture of your home.  Bright and bold exterior colour looks stunning on ultra modern homes or very traditional houses with lots of trim detail - usually painted white for contrast.

image source bensimon via apartmentdiet.com

image source bensimon via apartmentdiet.com

image via Potted Plant Society on Pinterest

image via Potted Plant Society on Pinterest

The location of your home is also another important consideration, if you live in a very conservative neighbourhood a bright turquoise or orange house may not 'fit in' so well yet in an upcoming, trend-setting bohemian neighbourhood it can look lovely and at ease with it's surroundings.  If you like the idea of bold colour maybe try it in patio walls which can easily be repainted if you don't like it or if you tire of it eventually.  Or plant your garden in colour instead.

image via InsideOut Magazine styled by Heather Nette King photography by Alicia Taylor

image via InsideOut Magazine styled by Heather Nette King photography by Alicia Taylor

image via lonelyplanet.com

image via lonelyplanet.com

image via elho.com

image via elho.com

Which brings us to the neighbours - probably best to take them into consideration too!  While you don't necessarily need to blend in and be boring you can add interesting colour to your letterbox, fence or garden plantings without going overboard and being the sore toe on the block.  Painting your home in an outrageous colour while your neighbours are in shades of grey's, white and charcoal can devalue not only their homes but yours as well, especially in an upmarket suburb.

San Francisco's 'Painted Ladies'

San Francisco's 'Painted Ladies'

image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

Mediterranean countries are well known for their use of bright colour as accents (think Grecian blue and white) and in Europe whole towns have been painting the outside of their homes for centuries in the bold pigments found locally (I'm talking about the Islands of Murano and Burano in Venice).  The light, seasons and lifestyle compliment these multicoloured dwellings.

image via Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

image via Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

image via victorianhouses.tumblr.com

image via victorianhouses.tumblr.com

We at Dwell love bright coloured homes and can only imagine the personalities that live within the walls, what a wonderful colourful life they must live!

Interior Colour - Bright Bold and Beautiful

The thought of painting your interior a bright bold colour may scare you silly.  It's a lot safer to paint your walls white and add colour through furniture and accessories but taking the plunge and painting walls in a bright hue can add some major wow factor to your home.

image via decoist.com

image via decoist.com

Colour has both symbolic and cultural meaning.  For example, blue can make us feel sad or calm depending on the shade.  Yellow in the animal kingdom represents danger.  White in China is the colour of death and mourning whereas in western culture it is the colour of purity, peace and cleanliness.  

Contrasting fresh white with a bright colour can help to 'calm it down' a little and provide a place for the eye to rest.  Rustic touches also help to tone down the colour and provides a bit of texture to contrast with the sharpness of the hue.

image via apartmenttherapy.com

image via apartmenttherapy.com

Go tone on tone or use a complimentary colour to give your walls the WOW factor!

Here are 5 bold colours you might like to take a gamble on, and remember - it's only paint... you can go over the top with another colour when you tire of it!