How to use bold colours in your Calgary home

How to use bold colours in your Calgary home

Here’s the scene: you’re at home in Calgary staring at the same walls and the same colours that you’ve been looking at for what feels like a lifetime. The colour palette outside is predominantly white thanks to the huge snowstorm that just rolled through the city and your walls match it almost perfectly. You’re ready for a change, but you’re not really sure how to escape the neutral colour palette you’ve been using since you first bought the house. So how do you spice things up a bit?

Using Bold Colours

Bold colours might seem like an intimidating choice at first. Neutral colours are a really good go-to for homeowners. This article from the Washington Post notes that off-white and neutral colours can often be easier to coordinate with existing or future furniture. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort of coordinating your paint colours with your furniture selections, a bold colour palette could be just what you need to breathe new life into your space.

Why Go Bold?

While neutral colours may seem like a safer and more flexible but choosing bright and interesting colours can really bring out the personality in a space, especially if you pair those colours with the right décor.

The right application of blue in a bedroom can create a relaxed environment and set the stage for all kinds of décor options. This post on the Dulux paints website notes how “On the colour wheel, variations of blue are more or less opposite to orange and tertiary colour brown. That makes blue a natural partner for wood and leather, in whatever shape, size or proportion.”

You can also draw inspiration from your surroundings. If you happen to live Downtown and have a view of the city lights, a darker colour can make those lights pop at night. Or, if you’re in Lake Bonavista, a cool blue to compliment the colour of the water outside your window could be the ticket you are looking for.

The principle also works for exteriors. Using a bold colour on your siding or stucco can really make your home stand out in your neighbourhood and give your house a huge splash of personality.

Bold colours provide you, the homeowner, an opportunity to really flex your creative muscles and create a space that is truly yours.

A bright blue home painted by Elite Trade Painting

How To Make Bold Colours Work in Your Home

If you decide to go with a bright colour palette for your next paint project, here are some things to keep in mind:


Before you commit to painting your walls a colour, take some time to experiment with that colour. Compare paint chips to the furniture you already own or décor that you are thinking about buying for your newly repainted space and use colour visualizers from manufacturers like Dulux or Sherwin-Williams to see how those colours work in your space.

Think about what kind of feel you want in your room

Are you going for playful? Sophisticated? Cool? Warm? Cozy? Deciding on a particular feeling or direction you want your room to convey will help guide your colour choices to create a more cohesive look.

Consider using the 60-30-10 rule

This is a rule that states 60 percent of a room should be a dominant colour, 30 percent should be complementary colour or texture and the last 10 percent should be an accent colour. Keeping this rule in mind will not only help to create a strong complementary colour palette, it will also help you balance your colour choices to create a more visually pleasing overall look for the room.

Consult a professional

If you’re still not sure about how to make a bold colour choice work in your home, you can always consult a professional. The team at Elite Trade Painting can help you find the perfect paint colour to achieve the look and feel you are looking for.

So, if you’re ready to take on your next big, bold painting project, give Elite Trade Painting Calgary a call or shoot us an email to book your free quote today!

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