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Feature your woodwork
Highlight a nook
Modernise period features
Embrace your eclectic side
We love eclectic interiors and this room by Paint & Paper Library is certainly that. Using a bold combination of mid-grey (Paint & Paper Library Tallanstown Grey) and sunny yellow (Paint & Paper Library Morning Room), they have created a room where anything goes. This whimsical room reminds us of the writings of Roald Dahl or the imaginative visuals of Alice in Wonderland. It is a space that would make you smile every day and would certainly attract lots of compliments from visitors.
Here's another inventive paint style from Paint & Paper Library in this bathroom. Bathrooms like this (especially when there is gorgeous panelling to be retained) can be painted and don’t have to be tiled. Here they have combined two blue-greys (Paint & Paper Library Steel II and Steel V) to great effect. This works best in cloakrooms and rooms with baths (rather than shower rooms) as they will be subject to less condensation. And rather than just painting the panelLing in one colour, we love the two-tone bold painted stripe.
Design a graphic
One more example from Paint & Paper Library and who could say no to this graphic interpretation of the dado rail? A dado rail is expected in Victorian properties and while many people do paint above and below the rail in different colours, what is unusual here is the strongly contrasting colour combinations (top wall is Paint & Paper Library Temple and bottom wall is Paint & Paper Library Monument) and the addition of the bold stripe (Paint & Paper Library New Black). Which turns an expected traditional wall into a graphic, modern feature.
Say hello to your softer side
The dusky pink of the previous image leads us beautifully into the pinks of this Little Greene room. Much like the very first image of this post, they have used a darker shade of the wall colour (Little Greene China Clay) on the woodwork (Little Greene China Clay Mid) to create the same ‘framed’ effect. However, these two images perfectly demonstrate how important colours are, as they give a completely different effect. The technique for both though results in soft and soothing rooms where the original features are beautifully highlighted.
Bold is the new subtle
We do love a bold colour combination and this hallway by Little Greene is a masterclass in colour combos. A sunny yellow (Little Greene Light Gold) which contrasts, but doesn’t clash with, a pale grey radiator (Little Greene Urbane Grey). The result is an experimental feel, perfect for someone who loves embracing colour. And they haven’t stopped at the walls – the little orange chair and teal and white patterned rug all add to the fun and quirky feel. And it all serves to remain us that even in a period property with heavy original wood finishes, you can still inject colour and life.
Just go wild
How about this image by Little Greene for a unusual colour combination that just works? The green (Little Greene Green Verditer) is supported by all the sweet natural greenery and the purple (Little Greene Pale Lupin) is echoed in the armchair. Proving that even if two colours aren't necessarily meant to complement each other, if you use them with confidence you can make them work.
We hope you are inspired by this selection of paint colour combinations and designs, and are encouraged to be more experimental in your next project.