Using bright & holiday-inspired colours in your home

One of the things we love (and are missing) about holidays is the glorious colours of hotter countries – both from the natural landscape and the décor trends.

With the at-home staycation looking set to be a feature of life for the foreseeable, here’s our guide to bringing some of that holiday brightness into your home.

Holiday Inspiration

While some interior trends from overseas don’t translate well (I once lived in a rental flat with salmon coloured tiles throughout and saloon doors to the kitchen – potentially lovely in southern Spain, grim in east London), your favourite holiday locations are a great place to start for inspiration. We love;

Morocco

Jewel-like hand glazed tiles and stunning textiles.

Moroccan Mint Tea
fabulous pouffes and rugs
The Capaldi Road

Vietnam – 

Silk lanterns in every colour, bright greenery, and bold wall colours.

Vibrant Blue Wall
Rattan and Silk Lanterns
Turquoise hanging garden

English Coast –

Beach huts, fresh blue colour palettes, and maybe a trip to the Brighton Pavilion.

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Natural Materials
Brighton Royal Pavilion Saloon

Where and how to use bright colours in your home

Outside

Patios and gardens are a great place to play with colour – natural light and plants can help stop bold colours from being overbearing. See our guide; What colour should I paint my garden fence.

On some streets (such as those in Brighton’s Kemptown, or Notting Hill in London), bright colours on the front elevation are practically mandatory… and even where that isn’t the case, we love a bold front door. Read our advice on exterior decorating.

Bold yellow exterior wall with white windows. Renovation by Absolute Project Management.
bright terrace wall styled by Absolute Project Management
Pink door - renovation by Absolute Project Management

Inside – Active rooms

Bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms are all ‘active’ spaces where an invigorating pop of colour can work brilliantly. Read our guide to colourful bathrooms for tips ranging from using just a little bit of colour to going all in!

For a dining room, bright colours will encourage high energy, chatty, meals (think of the atmosphere in a classic green, red and white Italian restaurant), while muted or dark colours are more relaxing. Colourful dining chairs (which you don’t really see once you sit down) are a great way to get the best of both.

Bathroom with square pink tiles and matching vanity - renovation by Absolute Project Management
Yellow featured wall behind the sink styled by Absolute Project management
Bright coloured chairs in the dining space styled by Absolute Project Management

Inside – relaxing rooms

For bedrooms and living rooms, we recommend keeping the wall colours tranquil – and then playing with brighter colours in artwork, furniture and soft furnishings.

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Brightly designed bedroom by Absolute Project Management
Bedroom with olive velvet curtains + parquet flooring, renovation by Absolute Project Management

Bright & Bold colours we love:

Orange

From bright marigold hues to rusty burnt orange colours, we love this as an accent colour. It’s beautiful when paired with a contrasting dark blue or green.

Little Greene Marigold, Little Greene Heat, Farrow & Ball Red Earth.

For a gentle introduction, try terracotta plant pots, or a warm wooden light – the fire-side orange glow will work beautifully with most wall colours.

Dark turquoise walls styled by Absolute Project Management
Orange velvet against a dark wall
Tom Raffield Clerkenwell Design Week
Tom Raffield Arame wall lights
House of Hackney Avalon wallpaper – orange highlights on a teal background

Yellow

An instantly sunny colour – we love it in a hallway or bathroom. Try Farrow & Ball Babouche and India yellow for shades that are bright and warm but not acidic

Stylish white corridor decorated with pink and yellow painting and fairy lights by Absolute Project Management
Brightly styled bathroom by Absolute Project Management
Guitars mounted on a wall painted in Farrow and Ball babouche in a house renovated by Absolute Project Management

Pink

Pink has really come of age as a colour for interiors. We like warm grey-pinks like Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster and Sulking Room Pink on walls, and richer, more saturated pinks for home accessories and exterior finishes. 

Lively living room with great accessories styled by Absolute Project Management

Teal

If the traditionally warm side of the colour wheel isn’t your thing, but you fancy some Mediterranean brightness in your home, try turquoise-teal colours like Farrow & Ball Vardo, and Little Greene Marine Blue. The green pigment in these keeps them from being too cold – while the blue component makes them relaxing – even when used as a feature wall.

Brightly coloured and outstanding dining room styled by Absolute Project Management
Turquoise dining space in a lovely and very fresh living room with many plants designed by Absolute Project Management

For help choosing colours for your home, get in touch

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