Focal points don’t have to mean bright and bold feature walls. Here are five easy twists that show neutral definitely doesn’t mean boring.

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You’ve been framed

If you don’t fancy diving head first into bold colours, dip a toe in instead. A border of vibrant Luscious Lime against a neutral like Egyptian Cotton can make a real statement around kitchen and bathroom windows. Add a vase or ornament in a similar hue to the window sill, and you’ll be looking picture perfect in no time. Who needs curtains anyway?

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Don’t stop at the windows. You can use this trick to draw the eye to any of your favourite features. Want to make more of your fireplace? Make it the focus of the room with a bold border. Or highlight the area around your bed frame. Or book case. Or dresser. Or…

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Bold as brass

If you’re blessed with stand-out features like these fabulous tiles, let them do the talking. Bold walls can sometimes feel like they’re competing with great features, so try a neutral paint in a rich colour for more impact, like Shaded Stone. Et voila! You’ve got yourself a room that oozes sophistication. Keep your best crockery out on show, and you’ll have the rustic, country-kitchen look nailed. Easy!

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Not ready to re-tile? Adding some texture, like wooden shelves and metallic ornaments, can really bring a neutral colour scheme to life. In hard-working areas like kitchens, Dulux Endurance+ paint will give a long lasting finish. So there’s no need to worry about splashes and spills.

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Cutting the mustard

Layering neutral colours together can add interest to a muted scheme. Especially when you throw mustard yellow into the mix! For a modern twist on the classic dado rail, use a vibrant colour like Sun Dust 1 as a border to separate neutrals like Cherished Gold and Soft Almond 2. The finishing touch? A mini gallery wall is always a good idea.

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This trick is easy to do, but you’ll need to prep properly. Mark out your line using two rows of masking tape for a neat finish. Not keen on yellows? If cooler tones are more your thing, try a vibrant blue as a shot of colour against pale greys instead.

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Dotty for colour

Break up a neutral colour scheme with some fun shapes in complimentary shades. Pastels, like Marble Swirl 5 and Sumartran Melody 4 are perfect when paired with bold Sun Dust 1 and neutrals like Fossil Trace and White Cotton. Line them up neatly in a row or go completely random - it’s up to you. Either way, add some accessories in similar tones to tie the whole look together.

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Get creative with your shapes - geometrics and hexagonals will bring an on-trend update to any room. Prefer a more subtle look? Use neutral tones in similar shades instead to add interest without going all out. It’s a great way to make a focal point without committing to bright colours.

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In the zone

Who needs prints and wall art when you’ve got paint? Fill an empty wall space with a circle of your favourite colour. Go for a deeper neutral like Salisbury Stones 4 against a lighter shade like White Cotton. Or if you’re feeling more daring, try a sunny shade like Lemon Spirit against White Cotton.

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This trick is particularly handy for zoning off dining areas within a kitchen or living room. Paint the feature next to your dining table to subtly separate the decor from the rest of your scheme. So that’s the feng shui sorted.

Try out all these shades and lots more by ordering testers on our colour page. You’ll be falling in love with a neutral colour scheme in no time.

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