Painting Ideas: 10 Intense Wall Paint Colors to Push Your Style

updated Mar 11, 2020
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Still not sold on how to bring in a crazy bold paint color into your home but still open to the idea at least? These ten rooms will undoubtedly persuade you to choose the colorful path. Going with one strong, bold color, these spaces show that using color in the right way in the home can be both powerful and empowering. Here ten ways you can bring in one bold bright punch of color in a room.

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One wildly bold accent wall that is just one color is still a great tool to have in your arsenal when it comes to adding personality to a room. Bernadette’s Cool, Colorful & Contemporary Austin master bedroom shows you how it’s done. You can use a bold color once — and let it be the only version of that color in a space for a serious impact.

Try this color: Pittsburg Paint Panama Rose

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Also in Bernadette’s Cool, Colorful & Contemporary Austin is another bold bedroom, this time with a more dark and dramatic hue. The difference here is that other major furnishings in the space are chosen to complement, not contrast. The effect is strangely soothing and exciting.

Try this color: Pittsburg Paint Daring Indigo

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A room with a lot of white — in architectural trim, doors, appliances or cabinets can be a great place to add a punch of bold color because you have a smaller, less-scary sized area to add it, and all that white creates an exciting contrast. This kitchen from Emily & Ian’s Mod and Musical Space.

Try this color: Glidden Cool Colbalt

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Renters rejoice! If you can’t paint a wall you CAN paint a furniture piece. And you can do it in a jarringly intense bold color that’s no where else in the room so it really stands out. Maybe even make it glossy. As seen in LonAnne’s Vintage and Modern Texas Charmer.

Try this color: Glidden Orange Slice

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Kitchen cabinets are the perfect place for bold color because it’s still so unexpected! And it’s a great way to hide not-so-modern cabinets if you don’t have the budget to upgrade. Both Allison Burke’s Modern Mix and Kristen & Michelle’s Modern Bohemian have great examples.

Try these colors: Sherwin Williams Greenfield or Benjamin Moore Lucerne

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Add a bold color to a door for instant wow-factor. As seen in Meredith’s Colorful Work in Progress.

Try this color: Benjamin Moore Deep Carnation

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Take a room that you see from afar and coat it in a bold, rich color, like in Katie’s Colorful Live/Work Space in Brooklyn.

Try this color: Benjamin Moore Exotic Red

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Why not highlight the architecture of your home with a big bold color? We like this crimson red staircase in Two Architects Create Their Own Home in a 1909 House.

Try this color: Glidden Cherries Jubilee

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A splash of one color on a wall in the shape of a symbol can be even more powerful than a whole wall painted one hue. As seen in Sibylle’s Flea Market Style in Berlin.

Try this color: Glidden Dazzling Daffodil

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Keep it all warm and coordinate the rest of a room’s furnishings to make a colorfully beautiful room that seems like it’s lit up with sunshine even on the gloomiest day. As seen in Christina’s Comfortable, Collected Austin Abode.

Try this color: Behr Neon Light