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Colour can be used to define interiors and create focal points in relatively featureless rooms. The trick is figuring out the play of colours and which colour to put where.

You may love intense color, like a bright fuchsia but drenching the entire room with it would be quite another thing. Instead, pair it with a closely related colour to set the mood. The trick is to select colors that are neighbors on the colour wheel and then warm one up and cool the other down for a harmonious scheme.

One of the most effective ways to use colour to transform a room is to play up its in-built features such as doors, wall molding, doorways, in-built shelves and windows. For subtle emphasis, simply painting molding or doorways just one step lighter or darker than the wall colour draws the eye.

For a bolder approach, try creating an accent wall with textures that contrast (or harmonise if you are not too adventurous) with your primary wall colour or painting an area where you want to draw attention. For example, a recessed area could be in shades of green if the room has off-white walls.