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Use Bright Colour Schemes to Make Your Home Feel Friendly

Welcoming paint colours can totally transform your home's atmosphere, from summer shades to bright colour schemes. Explore the Friendly Barter trend now.


How do you create instant warmth, vibrancy and a sense of summertime fun? Welcome bright colour schemes into your home.

It’s hard not to smile when you’re in the presence of bright colours, like those striped umbrellas at the beach during summer holidays, a cheerful shirt or a child’s work of art. You get that immediate warm and fuzzy feeling, which has a whole lot to do with the colours themselves. Therefore, why not bring the sunny vibe into your home, to enjoy it every single day? It’s as simple as making good friends with bright colour schemes. 


Evoke warmth and fun with summer shades


What feels friendly, fun and warm to you? For many, the summer season comes to mind and it’s possible to retain this feeling, year-round. In the home, summer shades have the power to transform your mood, no matter how dull and grey it might be outside. They can evoke an atmosphere that’s energetic, fun and creative while feeling cosy and soothing at the same time. 

Consider a rich, earthy colour, like Summer Pecan 1 and a deep, vibrant orange such as Auburn Falls 4. Brown tones remind us of the earth and the outdoors, but they also bring a sense of comfort, stability and calm. Orange literally radiates warmth and happiness, making us feel adventurous, enthusiastic and spontaneous - just like summer. When you bring colours like these together, your home simply can’t help but feel friendly and welcoming! The even better news is, your options for welcoming paint colours are as wide as that smile you’ll have every day when you walk through the front door.


The Friendly Barter palette


Need some inspiration? With 14 warm and bright shades, the Friendly Barter palette is custom-made to bring a welcoming, friendly vibe into your home. Use the colours in any combination you like, by simply choosing your favourites. Don’t worry about whether they ‘match’ or not, as it’s those very clashing colours that often bring the most fun to interior design.

The palette combines bright, punchy shades like rich orange and pink, with tonal hues for balance and contrast. As these colours bring out the best in warm wood tones, they’re fantastic for DIY projects. Therefore, get out those old veggie crates and chairs for a spruce up with welcoming paint colours.  To choose a hue, simply consider the type of mood you wish to create overall.

For example, if you want to enhance a sense of energy, introduce a citrus zing with Chartreuse Charm. When it’s a cosy feeling you need more of, settle in with comforting Roasted Pumpkin 2. Do flowers always give you that overriding sense of outdoorsy joy? You’ll feel like you can smell the roses, with beautiful shades like Floral Bunch and Pink Nevada. Just remember that the idea is to choose the colours that give you the happiest, most welcoming feeling. When you do that, you really can’t go wrong when you’re choosing bright colour schemes.

In need of more orange paint inspiration? Check out our other orange decorating ideas.


How and where to use welcoming paint colours


So, once you’ve determined which colours give you the warm fuzzies, where will you put them? If you’re feeling a little timid about splashing intense colour around the home, you’ll be happy to know that warm, bright summer shades work perfectly as vibrant accents. Not scared at all? Go forth with your ideas for bright colour schemes and just have fun!


Kitchen, dining and living rooms


To enliven a kitchen or dining room, consider a grey shade, like Sincere Brew for the walls and add a bright strip of red or yellow on the ceiling trim. For more contrast, intersperse white areas throughout your scheme. If you already love your walls, look at your table and chairs. You could dip the chair legs in a variety of colours for instant cheeriness. Ever thought of a two-tone table? Pair up some spectacular brights for a refreshing look that makes your table stand out from the crowd.

Warm, cosy living room ideas are easy when you think outside the box. Look for unusual areas to indulge in your love of Collective Coral or Party Surprise 4. Could you paint the window recess? The back of a large display shelf? Use blocking techniques for even more contrast? The smallest hit of colour can dramatically change a room’s ambience from dull and cold, to welcoming and friendly.


Kids’ bedrooms and home offices


Kids’ bedrooms are perfect for unleashing your inner colour fanatic, so don’t hold back with your creative ideas! Two-tone walls bring visual fun and give you the chance to play with colour combos to your heart’s content. This also helps to separate areas, such as two beds, so the kids can pick their favourite for their side of the wall. Don’t be afraid to add a stripe or two of contrasting colour as well!

If you, like most of us, are prone to procrastination, doesn’t it make sense to make your home office a whole lot friendlier? Design a room that inspires you to work, with summer shades of orange, yellow or pink to give you an instant hit of energy and enthusiasm.

There’s no limit to the friendliness of bright colour schemes and, once you welcome them into your home, they’ll be cherished family members for life.

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