“How can I use colour to wow visitors when they walk into my home?”

In our recent survey, almost 50% of movers admitted to obsessing over how good their new homes' colour schemes look before guests come to visit.

One in 10 people even confessed that they would avoid inviting anyone over if they thought their home wasn’t looking up to scratch.

Psychologist and colour expert Ingrid Collins says this is completely normal. In fact, being house-proud is practically wired into our brains.

“The way we present ourselves in our homes and clothes gives off subtle non-verbal signals,” she explains. “Human beings are basically tribal at heart and we strive to impress other members of the tribe with our appearance.”

One failsafe way of making a strong and lasting impression is to use bold paint colours in your home.

The power of colour

The unspoken messages our homes send become even more important when we’ve just moved house. We want to show our friends and family that we’ve made a fresh new start and that we’re going up in the world.

One failsafe way of making a strong and lasting impression is to use bold paint colours in your home. But some colours have more impact than others. Here are five bold choices with serious wow-factor.

Red is the most energising colour on the spectrum and can lend a space a warm and welcoming feel.

1) Red

Red is the most energising colour on the spectrum and can lend a space a warm and welcoming feel. It looks particularly inviting when lit by candlelight, making it a great choice for dining rooms.

Which paints? Gipsy Bloom 1 or Summer Surprise 2

Orange fizzes with vitality. Paint it on your walls and you’ll instantly create the sense that this is a happy, lively home.

2) Orange

Orange fizzes with vitality. Paint it on your walls and you’ll instantly create the sense that this is a happy, lively home. Used on its own, it can be a bit overwhelming, so try toning it down by pairing it with its complementary Dulux colour, blue, for a sharp, contemporary look.

Alternatively, go for a versatile shade like Copper Blush. It looks great on its own, or add warmth to your scheme by using it on an accent wall.

Which paints? Flame Frenzy 4 with Azure Fusion 4, Thai Magic 3

Gold tones ooze opulence, making them the perfect choice if you want to surround your guests with luxury.

3) Gold

Gold tones ooze opulence, making them the perfect choice if you want to surround your guests with luxury. A little can go a long way, so go for pale shades on your walls, adding extra glam factor with carefully-chosen gold accessories.

Which paints? Sun Dust 5 or Bracken Salts 5

Purple’s rich tones radiate confidence and self-esteem, although it generally works best as an accent rather than all-over colour.

4) Purple

Paint with deep purple Dulux colour and you’re guaranteed to make a statement. Its rich tones radiate confidence and self-esteem. Because it’s so intense, it generally works best as an accent rather than all-over colour.

Which paints? Purple Infusion 2, Russian Velvet 1 or Palladian Plum

Teal is the colour of choice for trend-savvy decorators, but it’s also highly versatile. It works just as well as a backdrop to cutting-edge contemporary colour schemes as it does in more traditional homes.

5) Teal Colour

Teal is the colour of choice for trend-savvy decorators, but it’s also highly versatile. It works just as well as a backdrop to cutting-edge contemporary colour schemes as it does in more traditional homes and, depending on the tone you choose, can appear dark and moody or bright and invigorating.

Which paints? Grecian Spa 2, Winter Teal or Grecian Spa 3

Top tip

Test out your bold colours with our Dulux Visualizer APP – a handy app that lets you see what your freshly-painted room will look like at the push of a button.

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