Changing out your neutral shades for a bolder look at home can sometimes be a daunting prospect. But taking the leap and starting to style with bold colour can not only transform your space, but also set a whole new mood, especially as you can begin to swap out those brighter elements season after season. Being daring with colour at home lets you tell your personal style story, and add vibrant cheer room by room. 


To help you make the change-up in your home, we’ve picked out the best colours to style boldly in every room. As a source of inspiration, we’ve also shone a spotlight on some of the best neon attractions on the planet to help guide you. Looking for more? Why not elevate your space with five iconic Pantone colours?

Styling Bold Colour In Every Room
Neon Attractions Around The World to Inspire your Home
How To Style Your Home Using Five Iconic Pantone Colours

Styling Bold Colour in Every Room

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When it comes to interior design, there are three basic colour themes to embody.

Tonal: This is where you choose one base colour and use variations of it across the room. This works well for contemporary rooms. For example, in a muted, monochrome space, use different shades of grey or blue on the furnishings, accessories, and walls. Layering multiple shades of white can also be used to create an ultra-modern or traditional room, depending on the textures the colours are applied to.

When you get the tonal approach right, this allows you to go wild on layering up bold shades on top, through vivid colour, bright prints, and even neons (which we’ll get to later!). 

Harmonious: Using colours that are close on the colour wheel, and complement each other without being too similar.

It's easy to create a specific theme with a harmonious room – green, white and brown can create a country-cottage vibe while light blue, white and grey can be used for a fresh, modern feel.

Complementary: A bolder approach, complementary colour schemes use opposites to create a statement in the room. Colours still correspond, but the contrast is much stronger than in a harmonious scheme.

Another way to narrow it down when it comes to choosing a room colour, is to think about how you want to feel when you enter that room. Colour is strongly associated with mood and has been proven to bring several impacts on the ambience of the room.

How does colour set the mood?

Energised: Vibrant colours and shades of white are stimulating and can be perfect for a busy environment.

Romantic: Accompany silver and grey with deep jewel tones for a lavish and decadent feel.

Whimsical: Mixing several shades together, and adding texture and clashing patterns can result in a fun room that reflects your unique personality.

Calm: Using a stripped-back colour scheme with a key feature shade is a great way to design a contemporary room that is idyllic, with a splash of confident colour.

Living Room

We spend a large part of our time in our living rooms so the colour of it is important. It’s the focal point of our homes. Nobody wants to spend hours every day in a dark or gloomy space. This is why colour combinations are so important and an essential part when it comes to decorating a living room.

Royal Blue - The deep blue paint alone is a bold colour choice, and will make you feel like you're on holiday, even if the closest you're getting to an island escape is searching through Instagram. Complement this look with a deep blue Chesterfield sofa and gold accents.

Turquoise  - Take your pick from the various shades of turquoise, from the sea green tone to mint. It’s a perfect colour for dispersing light through a room, making it the ideal partner to a white base.

Yellow - One of Pantone’s 2021 colours of the year was Illuminating Yellow. Pairing this bold colour with chocolate browns and blacks will give your room a classic leopard print feel. While colour blocking between yellows and whites gives you a modernist effect.  

Kitchen

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Years of conventional kitchen colour planning have proven that warm, and bright colours are most effective in creating not only a pleasant environment to cook in, but also a welcoming one to visit.

Although it may feel natural to use white shades to make a space feel bigger (especially in a smaller kitchen) and cleaner, remember that incorporating your personality through bright colours is just as important. 

The colours serve several functions; they tie the room together, keep the space feeling clean enough to prep food in, and help create a sense of openness, if you get the mix right.

Teal - Teal kitchens are gaining popularity among homeowners and interior designers alike. To really accentuate the calming effect of teal, add some succulent plants to your kitchen - indoor plants have been shown to improve mood, plus the beautiful greenery teams well with teal, creating a tonal look.

Red - While red kitchens can make us think of rustic settings, ultra reds can bring a kitchen space to life and give it a clean, modern look that’s filled with personality. If you’re working with a neutral base, painting cabinets (including kitchen islands) in a bold red will bring the space to life with contrasting materials and colours. 

Black and white - Surprise yourself with a monochromatic look. This classic colour palette will always pay off for your home with a beautiful kitchen that won’t go out of style.

Lemon Yellow - A perfectly versatile colour for your kitchen. Go for a full sunshine look with an all-yellow room, or make your appliances stand out from the rest of your space by opting to buy them in similar shades. 

Bathroom

Cleanliness and openness is key for making bathroom colours work. Similarly to the kitchen, you can’t have a space that feels small and overbearing because of the colour. Try and think of the flow of the rest of your home when you’re choosing a bathroom colour, complementary is best, even if you’re not totally matching your entire space. 

How to choose the right colours 

Lighting - No matter what colour you choose, poor lighting can turn the best paint colour into something less desired so it’s best to do a test swatch with your preferred paint colour to make sure it looks good in the space.

Flooring and Existing Fixtures - The colour and style of your flooring and existing fixtures play a significant role in your paint colour choice. The key is to pick a complementary colour and a focal point.

Room Size - The right colour on your walls can make a small bath feel bigger and a large bath feel cosy. If your bathroom is small, consider a bright or bold colour to help visually expand a space. Use a darker shade to make your large bathroom feel cosier. The right colour influences how a room looks and feels.

Three Bathroom Paint Colour Ideas

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Pink - Pink bathrooms were a 70s staple, but are making a huge revival in this current interior era. The variety of tones in pink can give your space a luxury feel, especially when paired with golden accessories and plant prints. 

Green - Green can be incredibly versatile no matter your taste or style. You could go for an art deco revival with emerald green everything, ushering in the 1920s in full swing. Or if patterns are more your thing, zig-zag or candy stripe green and whites are ideal for bringing your space to life.

Charcoal - Feeling moody? Whip out the charcoal paint and create a brooding and mysterious bathroom aesthetic. Add some structural light fixtures and an oversized tub, and you’re set.

Bedroom

Your bedroom is a room all your own, a place for expressing your personal style for yourself. Whether you prefer bright hues, or want a dark, moody sophistication, the bedroom is the ideal place to show off with colour. You may even be surprised by which colours can keep you well-rested.

Light beige - A safe neutral base for the bedroom. It allows you to switch your decor and accents when you'd like to refresh your room without having to repaint.In many sunny holiday resorts, walls stay neutral so that vibrant prints, patterns and colours can be added through soft furnishings and accessories. 

Sunset Orange - The relaxed colour in the morning will make your room feel light and airy instead of cave-like. While orange can be fresh and exciting to wake up to, we suggest going for the peach end of the spectrum to keep a soft calm as you drift off in the evening.

Pink - A colour not just reserved for a young girl’s bedroom, but one that can look chic and mature too. There are dozens of shades of pink to choose from, but each has its own personality. A pastel shade has a mid-20th century classic appeal, while bolder magenta is vibrant and uplifting. Mix and match various shades of pink in layers for a very of-the-moment look. 

Purple - Known for its soothing feeling, we recommend using a soft purple for a more romantic room. You’ll find that this cool colour is naturally very calming, so it’s ideal for anyone looking to create a stress-free environment when they return home from work.

Neon Attractions Around The World to Inspire your Home

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Designing your interiors with neon is a truly bold statement to make at home. Bright, eclectic colourways can light up your space with vivid shades and beautiful contrast to any tones you’ve used.

Neon’s mix of futuristic and nostalgic style means it’s been firmly on the comeback trail over the past year, and it’s not going away any time soon. Traditionally used in advertising, neon signs can bring your personality to life at home when used in the right setting. So we’ve picked out some of the most famous neon attractions on the planet that can act as the perfect inspiration for your space. 

History Of Neon

Neon is a dull and invisible gas until zapped with electricity. One of the rarest gases on the planet, it was first discovered in the late 1900s by a pair of chemists - Morris W. Travers and Sir William Ramsay.

It wasn’t until 1910 that neon began to be used in a commercial context, when Frenchman Georges Claude was able to manufacture a pair of glowing red neon tubes. He sold his first neon sign to a car dealership in Los Angeles in 1923, and the neon business boomed from there. 

Often associated with early 20th century New York and Las Vegas, neon signs became a staple of pre-war North America. The oldest surviving neon sign can still be seen in Florida, at the Lake Worth Playhouse -  its sign has been shining since 1929!

Keep reading to find some of our favourite neon attractions around the world, and find the inspiration to transform your home today. 

The Neon Museum, Warsaw, Poland

Poland went through a historic cultural transition during the 1950s and ‘60s, completely reimagining its relationships with Western culture and cultural iconography. One of the results of this transition was the emergence of "neonization”, where the government of the time co-opted traditionally American and British neon signs to turn their major cities into a riot of colour. The Neon Museum aims to conserve and exhibit the signs created as part of this strange yet lovely state programme.

God's Own Junkyard, London, England

Walthamstow is an area of North-East London, and the home to wallpaper designer William Morris. The city’s increasing gentrification has brought an influx of younger people into the area, and with it their creativity has brought an artistic newness. God’s Own Junkyard is a symbol of this new trend, and was run by neon signmaker to the stars Chris Bracey until his death in 2014. His eclectic collection of neon signs is still open to visitors, with signs from a variety of Hollywood films still on show. 

Hong Kong

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Its skyline is one of the most iconic in the world, lit up at night with a spectrum of colours and the famous "Symphony of Lights" show, flashing across the skyscrapers. Hong Kong’s neon industry has been slowly phased out by progression in sign-making, but its history has been detailed by photographers and historians in the link above. 

The Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Many of the most well-known neon displays from the golden era of Las Vegas casinos were created by Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO). This Salt Lake City-based corporation has had a storage facility in Las Vegas for decades. Over the years, this three-acre area has become a cemetery of abandoned neon signs. There are reported to be over 150 neon signs from Las Vegas’ biggest casinos on show, with pieces that date back to the 1930s through to present day. It’s well worth a visit for anyone who loves the history of Vegas. 

Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze, San Francisco, USA 

Created by Yale psychology graduate Charles Magowan, this maze is a cool 2,000-square-foot attraction boasting 77 mirrors guaranteeing to give you a totally sober psychedelic experience. You can get lost in the labyrinth for as long as you like, while surrounded by infinite reflections of yourself, all while listening to a fitting ‘80s soundtrack accompanied by flashy neon lights. 

Electric Ladyland, Amsterdam, Netherlands

At this tiny Amsterdam gallery, fluorescent art reigns supreme. Founded by Nick Padalino, an artist and the human embodiment of the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s. The only attraction of its kind, Electric Ladyland is dubbed “The First Museum of Fluorescent Art”. Padalino’s concept will immerse any visitors in the exhibition in what he calls ‘participatory art’. You’ll go on a tour of the fascinating world of fluorescence, where everything ignites, shines, radiates, and changes colours.

Toledo Art Station, Naples, Italy

Completed in 2012 as part of the city’s Art Stations project, the station was designed by Spanish architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca and doubles as a contemporary art gallery hosting works of such artists as William Kendridge, Robert Wilson, and Achille Cevoli. One of the most beautiful subway stations in the world, it was created to bring art to people’s everyday lives. 

Moulin Rouge, Paris, France

The most famous cabaret in the world - Paris’ Moulin Rouge (built in 1885) is known for its Champagne-filled parties that pioneered cabaret and the famous French cancan dance. The iconic windmill gives a glimpse into the otherworldly past of Paris, where Montmartre was once a tiny village full of windmills. 

Garden Glow, Dubai, UAE

Glow Park is a neon wonderland, putting life into the night with its dazzling attractions. It’s one of the biggest glow-in-the-dark gardens in the world, and has been handmade with a beautiful array of environmentally friendly lights.

How To Style Your Home Using Five Iconic Pantone Colours

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Since 1999, New Jersey-based graphic and textile-design house Pantone has chosen a colour of the year. With its influence reaching products across fashion, home interiors, and industrial design. Before choosing each year’s colour, the experts at Pantone’s Colour Institute trawl the world for inspiration in a host of industries. 

These include, but aren’t limited to, the entertainment industry and films in production, travelling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, and popular travel destinations.

We’ve chosen five of the boldest Pantone colours in history so you can style them in your home. Including the 2022 Pantone colour of the year, these shades are still hugely impactful and bold to this day. These colours are perfect for informing the overall style of your space, and in the right context, they’re perfect for setting the mood.

Pantone Colour Of The Year, 2022 - Very Peri

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HISTORY: In Pantone’s words, as the world comes out of a period of intense isolation, Very Peri reflects people’s hopes of a bright new future. Laurie Pressman, Vice President of Pantone’s Colour Institute said “As society continues to recognise colour as a critical form of communication, and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions and engage and connect, the complexity of this new red violet infused blue hue highlights the expansive possibilities that lay before us.” 

USE IT AT HOME:  This is the first time that Pantone have manufactured a new colour of the year instead of delving into their extensive archives, so reflect that newness and the excitement of 2022 by going bold with this shade. Pantone want this colour to reflect a welcoming return to social life, so mirror that by adding it to your hallway. You'll invite friends in with extra warmth and optimism.

If accessories are more your thing, then why not scatter the colour around any lounging spaces in time for the warmer months. The contrast of any existing neutrals with this bold and bright colour will bring life to your home.

Pantone Colour Of The Year, 2012 - Tangerine Tango 

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HISTORY: In 2012, the colour orange was making a huge revival in the fashion scene. So Pantone released tangerine tango as a nod to that trend. With brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Nanette Lepore making waves using it on the catwalk. Fast forward to 2022 and the 70s have made a comeback within the world of interior design. Sunshine yellows, hot fudge browns and deep oranges are starting to dominate wallpaper, furniture and accessories alike. 

USE IT AT HOME:  Although it’s traditionally an autumn hue, this vibrant shade of deep orange can be used all-year-round when paired with creamy colours throughout your home. Add complementary colours like red and fuschia if you’re looking to make it pop, while a toned-down look can be achieved with colours like mint and modern blues.

If you want to be bold, reignite 2022’s trend of wallpaper décor in the home with a tangerine pattern in your living room, complemented by neutral walls and gold accented accessories for a touch of sophistication. 

Pantone Colour Of The Year, 2014 - Radiant Orchid

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HISTORY: Radiant Orchid was an expressive blend of fuschia, purple and pink. Popular in men’s and women’s fashion - especially as it was meant to give the wearer a healthy glow when used in clothing - this confident deep lavender shade was sold by Pantone as “a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

USE IT AT HOME: Radiant Orchid is an eye-catching hue that lends itself perfectly to paint, accent pieces and accessories. It complements shades like olive and hunter greens, as well as lighter yellows. As a contrasting colour, it’s an ideal pairing for neutrals to give them life, especially grey, beige and taupe.  

Pantone Colour Of The Year, 2010 - Turquoise

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HISTORY: Pantone released their tropical turquoise in 2010. Although it’s a bright and bold tone, their aim was to promote a soothing sense of wellbeing with a colour that helped give a comforting escape from the everyday. As a tone that pairs well with most other colours on the spectrum, turquoise is an adaptable shade that can be used around the home in 2022. 

USE IT AT HOME: Turquoise can be suited to any room at home, thanks to its vibrancy. A cool tone of turquoise like this Pantone shade works well in bathrooms and kitchens, contrasting well with the bright lights in those spaces. In the kitchen, opt for tiling your backsplash in turquoise so it doesn’t completely take over the room. If you have any rattan or wooden furniture in your bathroom that needs an update, upcycle it with a lick of paint. Smaller pieces won’t overwhelm the rest of the space and will complement an overall neutral colour scheme. 

Barbie Pink

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HISTORY: Mattel trademarked the beautiful and bouncy Barbie Pink. It’s exclusive to their line of toys and only to be used by their brand. However, there's now a shared recognition that pink can be pretty and powerful, feminine and feminist. 

USE IT AT HOME: If you’re looking to keep it simple, pink pillows and flowers pair perfectly with a monochromatic look. Black and white complements most colours, especially if you’re looking to brighten your home for the warmer months. 

For a bigger statement, pink neon signs can never go amiss (why not take your inspiration from the section above?). statement pink walls can brighten up a hallway, or cool it down depending on the shade. Remember you don’t have to stick to one tone either, create a totally unique space by experimenting with various colours like pastel pink, cherry blossom, and dark pink.

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