For a dramatic look, team strong colors together — ideal for a wrap-around feeling in a cozy room. Or keep it more subtle by painting one wall in a bold hue and use a paler shade of the same color on the other walls.
Indulgent amethyst and agate shades bring a luxe look.
“Strong and velvety, Galactic Sky (bricks, above) brings depth and a sense of luxury and looks as stunning on the walls as it does on furniture and accessories. Team it with white, or contrasting rich burnt orange and the warm tones of natural wood,” says Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux.
“Malachite is the very richest and deepest of greens. This sophisticated shade is a restful choice for boudoir-style bedrooms
and bathrooms. Pair with a ruby red to emphasize its iridescent, jewel-like qualities,” says Sarah Foster of Fired Earth.
Make a statement with rich topaz and cobalt tones.
“Toy Soldier (above) is a deep jewel-like shade — imagine lapis lazuli at midnight. Paint your walls this rich color to accentuate treasures and add colorful highlights to create maximum impact,” says Cathryn Helsby of Earthborn.
“Sapphire is an exquisite shimmering metallic hue that adds an extra dimension to a room by reflecting the light throughout the day. Combine it with rust, bronze and copper as well as pale golds and natural shades,” says Rishi Subeather of Eico.
Turn up the heat with vibrant red and deep pink.
“Set off all that glitters against a backdrop of Cape Red (above). Bold and flirty, it can be used alone or as a powerful highlight within a muted scheme. Try it on interior doors with crystal and brass handles for a gorgeously luxurious look,” says David Mottershead, Managing Director of Little Greene.
“Great for dining rooms, warm reds stimulate energy and appetite. A combination of Ruby Romance and pale grays or dark woods will create a lavish look without the room becoming overwhelmed by this forceful shade,” says Kasia Wiktorowicz, Junior Brand Manager at Valspar.
Add shimmer and warmth with golden tones.
“Dropped Pollen (above) is the vibrant yellow of natural metal cadmium and will lift the spirits throughout winter. It’s a beautiful highlight for dark tones or, when teamed with our New Sap and Creeping Ivy, will become a rich accent,” Simone Barker, a color consultant at Paint by Conran.
“Kings Gold is a metallic paint with orange undertones that works with reds, browns and warm neutrals. It looks fantastic with different textures — team it with sheepskin rugs, mother-of-pearl lampshades and wooden finishes,” says Stephen Percy-Robb, Managing Director at Craig and Rose.
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