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Go for gold A vivid colour brightens up the urban landscape considerably
Go for gold A vivid colour brightens up the urban landscape considerably

People are experimenting with bright colours for the exteriors of their homes, writes RESHMA KRISHNAMURTHY SHARMA

The last couple of years have seen a riot of colours when it comes to painting homes. Each home is getting bolder with colours and vibrancy is the key. Bright hues for exteriors are also catching on with homes daring to sport bright tinges that stand out from the rest of the neighbourhood.

Earlier, sober and neutral wall colours were the preferred option and they were believed to soothe the senses. However all has changed and people are flaunting their vibrant personality on the walls as well.

While it is important to ensure colours do not overpower architectural details; yet going by the shocking blues, bright oranges or overstated mauves, it seems like the trend is here to stay.

With websites of paint companies sharing information for people thinking of painting a their homes, the possibilities are endless. Whether it is as a contrast or as solo bright tinges, one can be exploratory, imaginative and adventurous. Daring to go in for a rather in-the-face bright yellow, Indu Sridhar, a home maker says: “We got our home repainted for my son’s wedding a few months ago. Initially I had reservations of using such a bright colour on the exteriors, today I am more comfortable with it. It was by husband’s idea to use a colour that would make our home stand out. We are receiving varied feedback.”

Krishna Kumar, an interior designer who owns Design Euphoria says: “Whether it is clothes or lifestyle, people are getting lively and experimental. One reading could be bold colours reflects a youthful mind.

Even if people do not go in for a bright shade on all the walls, the trend of using a bright shade on one wall is increasing.

This is called a feature wall and it brings out a home’s aesthetic element.

Like any other industry, paint companies regularly conduct research on emerging colour trends. This year after India-specific research, Asian Paints has unveiled colours like Shocking Pink, Emerald Gold, Hot Shot amongst an array of neutral colours. Colour trends and preferences are cutting across a range of products like clothing, wall paints and automobiles.

What goes on clothes also goes on walls and home furnishings with practically no time lag.

Srikanth S.K., Group Brand Manager, Asian Paints says: “With changing lifestyle, people today are far more exposed to décor trends and are aware of the happening colours thanks to dedicated interior décor magazines. Also we find many Indian home owners have a strong reason to believe that their home should stand out from the rest and the home should look attractive at least for four to five years.

“One more critical reason is that young people now have more money. They can afford to invest in homes and that reflects in the colours they choose.”

While colours on walls take the imagination of the home owner and reflects an attitude that may shock or surprise others for a using a bright tinge, yet the increasing number of homes that are going in for bright colours speaks of new-age preferences. However, one should be cautious think the idea through about whether one would be comfortable with the colour in the long term.

If until now bedrooms or living rooms started the trend of a vivid colour on one wall, today it is the turn of the exteriors to sport bright, cheery colours to liven up the urban landscape.

Technicolour dream houses

Bold colours reflects a youthful mind

Using a bright shade for one wall, is called a feature wall and it brings out a home’s aesthetic element

Colour trends and preferences are cutting across products

What goes on clothes is soon seen on walls and home furnishings

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