The strong, timeless colours you should be painting your house this year

Step away from the magnolia! There’s a world of paint colours out there – from gorgeously rich blues in the living room and fresh apple green kitchens, to modern pinks and soft lilacs. We’ve rounded up our favourite strong, timeless paint color for your walls. After all, if it doesn’t work, you can simply start again…

Bright Yellow Office
    • BRIGHT YELLOW OFFICEThis vibrant office has been painted in a sunny yellow ‘O8D02’, from Little Greene. Cressida Bell has adorned a ‘Stockholm’ pedestal table from Scumble Goosie with her signature Bloomsbury patterns.Taken from the January 2015 issue of House & GardenLike this? Then you’ll loveCreative office spacesRACHEL WHITING
Forest Green
Orange You Glad
  • ORANGE YOU GLADA vintage school map (£395 at The Conran Shop) provides the colour inspiration for this orange and green room. The paint is ‘Madras’, £32.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, at Paint & Paper Library.Taken from the January 2013 issue of House & Garden. Styling: Gabby Deeming.Like this? Then you’ll love How to decorate with patternRACHEL WHITING
Wool Design Details
  • WOOL DESIGN DETAILSAppliqué wool design details add creativity and make this living room more distinctive. It also matches the wall paint – ‘Amsterdam Green’, £39 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Sanderson.Taken from the November 2015 issue of House & Garden.Like this? Then you’ll loveDining room ideasMICHAEL SINCLAIR
    • ACID GREEN COUNTRY HOUSE DRAWING ROOMThis drawing room of this country house decorated by Fiona Shelburne is dominated by two monumental works by Anselm Kiefer, one from the ‘Alkahest’ series; the other, from ‘Palm Sunday’, is a collage of palm leaves. ‘We thought a vibrant, lettuce-green colour would be a good backdrop for them and would bring a freshness and femininity to the room.’ Painted by Colchester Lister Associates (020-7228 8229) the vivid green colour was mixed to Fiona’s specifications, but ‘Green Melon’ by Designers Guild has the same pep to it and costs £39 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion.Taken from the March 2015 issue of House & GardenLike this? Then you’ll loveThe full story of this impressive Notting Hill town houseSIMON UPTON
    • CADDIE BROWN LIVING ROOMPaint: ‘Caddie’, £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library. Coffee coloured wall paint brings warmth to this tropical themed room, which is part of a bold decoration scheme that focusses on statement sofas with chic accessories to match.Like this? Then you’ll loveFeature WallsRACHEL WHITING
    • GREEN HALLWAY WITH FRAMED ARTThe entrance to designer Ben Pentreath’s flat is through a white door onto the stairway, the walls of which are covered in framed artworks. The print based on Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast (centre) is from Flowers and Fleurons, a small letterpress workshop in Brighton that produces hand-printed limited edition prints. This particular one is the ‘Finisterre’ edition in subtle greys, printed for Ben Pentreath.The stairway is painted in a muddy green created by the paint historian Patrick Baty – ‘The Botanist’ from Paint & Paper Library is a similar astringent shade.Taken from the January 2016 issue of House & Garden.Like this? Then you’ll loveThe best design ideas for city gardens. Welcome to the urban jungle…JAKE CURTIS
    • THE DINING ROOMThe home of food writer and cook Mimi Thorisson is decorated in a romantic style typical of the French countryside counterposed with contemporary flashes of colour. Here a flame coloured paint leads the eye from the neutral hallway.GREG FUNNELL
    • CELADON GREEN FARMHOUSEThis earthy space in a Dutch farmhouse was created using Papers and Paints‘ ‘Deep Celadon Green’, £38.40 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion. The deep colour is complemented by other shades of green from houseplants and pieces of botanical art.Like this? Then you’ll loveBathroom IdeasNGOC MINH NGO
    • PINK LIVING ROOM’If you are planning an interior around a collection, first consider the architecture of the house. Often that dictates where certain pieces will go,’ says interior designer Amanda Baring, of the scheme she has created for the home of her sister, a prolific collector of contemporary ceramics.Amanda felt it was important for the drawing room to retain a certain formality, as it would have in the nineteenth century, but without its looking like part of a museum. The walls are painted in a pretty pink – ‘Calamine’ from Farrow & Ball is a similar shade.Taken from the October 2014 issue of House & GardenLike this? Then you’ll loveHow to decorate with white paintEMMA LEWIS
    • MIX & MATCHThis living room styled by Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory is painted with a fearless combination of colour blocked paint, all sourced from Crown Paints. A pink ‘Hot Pants’ feature wall is overlaid with a panel of ‘Mean Mustard’ and a stripe of ‘Blue Monday’.Taken from the June 2012 issue of House & Garden.Like this? Then you’ll loveThe founder of Good Earth invites us into her colourful Delhi home »MEL YATES
    • MODERN BRIGHTSPlay with colour-block fabrics, paint effects, graphic accessories and contemporary furniture to create a bedroom that’s modern and bright. A mix of pinks, indigo and a hit of yellow and green is inspired by the art on the wall.Italian Canopy Bed, from £1,298 at AnthropologieTaken from the June 2012 issue of House & Garden. Styling: Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory.More bedroom design ideasMEL YATES
    • RED LIVING ROOM IN LITTLE GREENE FIRECRACKERBold colours, textures and weaves showcase wool’s versatility in this bravely designed living room, where the walls are painted red with Sanderson‘s ‘Firecracker’ (£39 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion).Taken from the November 2015 issue of House & Garden.Like this? Then you’ll loveDining room ideasMICHAEL SINCLAIR
    • BRIGHT GREEN AND YELLOW LIVING ROOMInspired by Rose Hilton’s vibrant paintings – one of which (Life Class Painting at Botallack) hangs on the wall – Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory have applied a palate of sizzling colours to this modern living room. The walls are in ’33D01′ and ’29C01′ both from Little Greene, while the sofa is the ‘Airport’ from Poliform, upholstered in ‘Raphia’ by Elanbach, which is repeated in different colours on the cushions.Like this? Then you’ll loveHow to decorate with colour
    • TEAL BLUEThis grand yet modern bedroom has walls painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Down Pipe’ emulsion. Antique furniture is mixed with a eclectic assortment of glassware and fabrics in aqua and jewel tones to create a scheme that piques the imagination. The eighteenth-century bed, was sourced from Alex MacArthur.Taken from the January 2014 issue of House & Garden. Styling: Gabby Deeming.Like this? Then you’ll loveHow to decorate with colourKRISTIN PETERS
    • OLIVE GREENThis country-style living room styled by Gabby Deeming has panelled walls painted Farrow & Ball’s ‘Breakfast Room Green’, a soft olive. An antique sofa has been covered with a loose cover in Colefax & Fowler’s legendary Bowood chintz. A trestle table displays an interesting collection of antiques including a vintage tole flower lamp and bust of Napoleon.Like this? Then you’ll loveFrom furniture to wallpaper, hundreds of living room pictures to inspire »JAKE CURTIS
    • TURQUOISE PANELLED DINING ROOMThe dining room of Lady Wakefield’s London house is painted a limewash-style blue, which brings out the veins in the marbled cornicing and door frame. Create a similar effect with Paint & Paper Library’s ‘Deep Water Green’ applied with a brush.