Nothing changes the style, personality and ambience of a room more effectively than colour – and when it comes to paint, it’s so quick, easy and relatively cheap to do. Even those of us who live in a neutral rented home can indulge a love of colour in the safe knowledge that when it’s time to move on, things can easily revert back to the way they were.

Bold tones

Complex, dramatic, soulful shades are making a resounding impact in the interiors world. They are spectacularly effective in spaces that are used after dark, but will also work well combined with lighter shades elsewhere – perhaps on a feature wall or in alcoves. 

Benjamin Moore’s mysterious Shadow is a deep amethyst that alters in tone as the light changes through the day. Helen Mullett, Director of International Marketing at Benjamin Moore explains that ‘in 2017 we see a shift in colour to a richer palette, as portrayed in our colour forecast that sees Shadow as our Colour of the Year. These shades will make any environment warmer and inviting’. 

Kilim from Jotun’s Continental colour palette is a warm, enveloping earthy shade that works brilliantly with bold ethnic patterns and textiles.

This fascinating finish from Berger Paints, Dapple, is from the new Colours of Arabia range, launched to celebrate this region’s diverse landscape and heritage. The deep swirling colours create a strong focal point, and would look wonderful on a feature wall.