It's time to drop the magnolia paint and get to grips with bold, rich tones. Consider an olive green living room, vivid yellow bedroom and electric blue kitchen. Modern pinks, soft lilacs and bright reds are equally timeless, and we've rounded up the best strong paint colour for your walls here. After all, if it doesn't work, you can simply start again...

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    The hall and upstairs landing in Jeremy Langmead's Suffolk house are painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Sky Blue'.

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    A door off the hall into Jeremy's study, which is painted in Edward Bulmer's 'Jonquil'.

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    Walls in Edward Bulmer’s ‘Invisible Green’ offer a backdrop for an eclectic mix of cushions – some made from vintage suzanis - in an Edinburgh flat by Susan Deliss.

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    A ‘Star’ wall light from Jim Lawrence stands out against Farrow & Ball’s ‘Babouche’ yellow paint. Susan sourced the Ercol chairs, Belfast sink and antique Dutch tiles.

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    A curtain in ‘Susani Red’ linen by Robert Kime picks up the fiery deep orange of ‘Charlotte’s Locks’ paint from Farrow & Ball in the Edinburgh flat.

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    Farrow & Ball’s soothing ‘Light Blue’ paint complements a Luke Irwin rug and a bed covered in Colefax and Fowler’s ‘Southwold Stripe’ linen in a Suffolk farmhouse.

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    The bedroom of Sophie Ashby and Charlie Casely-Hayford's flat in the Television Centre is painted in 'Babouche' by Farrow & Ball.

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    The library of Suzy Hoodless' house has custom-made shelves and cupboards painted in ‘China Blue’ by Little Greene providing a contrast with the vibrant yellow doorframe. A vintage leather chair and a striking cluster chandelier are distinctive enough to hold their own against the strong colour.

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    Curtains in Sandberg’s ‘Ofelia’ soften Lapicida ‘Nero Parquet’ stone floor tiles and cabinets in ‘Ultra Blue’ by Little Greene in Suzy's kitchen.

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    In the main bedroom, Little Greene’s ‘Theatre Red’ adds drama to the dressing room that leads to an en-suite bathroom. Comfort is at the heart of Suzy’s ethos and in her bedroom, walls in light-reflecting ‘Temple’ by Paint & Paper Library create a base for layers of texture.

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    Walls in Paint & Paper Library’s ‘Plum Brandy’ set off curtains in ‘Indian Pear’ by Robert Kime in the snug of Joanna Plant's house in the Cotswolds.

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    This vibrant office has been painted in a sunny yellow 'O8D02', from Little Greene. Cressida Bell has adorned a 'Stockholm' pedestal table from Scumble Goosie with her signature Bloomsbury patterns.

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    This twin bedroom features vibrant green 'Fennel Leaf' walls (paint from Sanderson). The padded headboards are 'Olympe' from Ensemblier London and are covered in 'Folklore' by designer Kit Kemp, available from Christopher Farr Cloth.

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    A vintage school map (£395 at The Conran Shop) provides the colour inspiration for this orange and green room. The paint is 'Madras', £32.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, at Paint & Paper Library.

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    Appliqué wool design details add creativity and make this living room more distinctive. It also matches the wall paint - 'Amsterdam Green', £39 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Sanderson.

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    This drawing room of this country house decorated by Fiona Shelburne is dominated by two monumental works by Anselm Kiefer, one from the 'Alkahest' series; the other, from 'Palm Sunday', is a collage of palm leaves. 'We thought a vibrant, lettuce-green colour would be a good backdrop for them and would bring a freshness and femininity to the room.' Painted by Colchester Lister Associates (020-7228 8229) the vivid green colour was mixed to Fiona's specifications, but 'Green Melon' by Designers Guild has the same pep to it and costs £39 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion.

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    Coffee-coloured 'Caddie', £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library brings warmth to this tropical themed room, which is part of a bold decoration scheme that focusses on statement sofas with chic accessories to match.

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    The entrance to designer Ben Pentreath's flat is through a white door onto the stairway, the walls of which are covered in framed artworks. The print based on Radio 4's Shipping Forecast (centre) is from Flowers and Fleurons, a small letterpress workshop in Brighton that produces hand-printed limited edition prints. This particular one is the 'Finisterre' edition in subtle greys, printed for Ben Pentreath.

    The stairway is painted in a muddy green created by the paint historian Patrick Baty - 'The Botanist' from Paint & Paper Library is a similar astringent shade.

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    The home of food writer and cook Mimi Thorisson is decorated in a romantic style typical of the French countryside counterposed with contemporary flashes of colour. Here a flame coloured paint leads the eye from the neutral hallway.

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    This earthy space in a Dutch farmhouse was created using Papers and Paints' 'Deep Celadon Green', £38.40 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion. The deep colour is complemented by other shades of green from houseplants and pieces of botanical art.

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    'If you are planning an interior around a collection, first consider the architecture of the house. Often that dictates where certain pieces will go,' says interior designer Amanda Baring, of the scheme she has created for the home of her sister, a prolific collector of contemporary ceramics.

    Amanda felt it was important for the drawing room to retain a certain formality, as it would have in the nineteenth century, but without its looking like part of a museum. The walls are painted in a pretty pink - 'Calamine' from Farrow & Ball is a similar shade.

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    This living room styled by Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory is painted with a fearless combination of colour blocked paint, all sourced from Crown Paints. A pink 'Hot Pants' feature wall is overlaid with a panel of 'Mean Mustard' and a stripe of 'Blue Monday'.

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    Bold colours, textures and weaves showcase wool's versatility in this bravely designed living room, where the walls are painted red with Sanderson's 'Firecracker' (£39 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion).

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    Vibrant Red

    In this Paris flat, London-based designer Tara Craig has used a strong, simple palette to devastating effect. The walls of the spare bedroom are painted in 'Papaver' by Adam Bray for Papers and Paints, with an imposing 'Carlyle' headboard from Ensemblier London upholstered in 'Serpetti' linen by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

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    This stylish dining room has a modern industrial-inspired table by Tom Dixon, made from rusted steel. The walls are painted in a bright orange - 'The Long Room' by Paint & Paper Library.

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    Inspired by Rose Hilton's vibrant paintings - one of which (Life Class Painting at Botallack) hangs on the wall - Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory have applied a palate of sizzling colours to this modern living room. The walls are in '33D01' and '29C01' both from Little Greene, while the sofa is the 'Airport' from Poliform, upholstered in 'Raphia' by Elanbach, which is repeated in different colours on the cushions.

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    This grand yet modern bedroom has walls painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Down Pipe' emulsion. Antique furniture is mixed with a eclectic assortment of glassware and fabrics in aqua and jewel tones to create a scheme that piques the imagination. The eighteenth-century bed, was sourced from Alex MacArthur.

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    This country-style living room styled by Gabby Deeming has panelled walls painted Farrow & Ball's 'Breakfast Room Green', a soft olive. An antique sofa has been covered with a loose cover in Colefax & Fowler's legendary Bowood chintz. A trestle table displays an interesting collection of antiques including a vintage tole flower lamp and bust of Napoleon.

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    The dining room of Lady Wakefield's London house is painted a limewash-style blue, which brings out the veins in the marbled cornicing and door frame. Create a similar effect with Paint & Paper Library's 'Deep Water Green' applied with a brush.

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    This hallway is hung with a grid of ink on paper sketches by Lucy Auge framed in inexpensive aluminium framed from Tiger. The walls are painted in 'Arsenic' from Farrow & Ball.

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    Jeanetta Rowan-Hamilton of Nettles Cashmere restored her tin-roofed fishing lodge after inheriting it from her parents. The bathroom is painted a soft duck egg blue, 'Half La Seine' from Zoffany is a similar shade.

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    Adding colour doesn't have to be just for walls - it could be cushions, furniture, or a border. It could even be colourful soaps or candles. Despite several attempts at finding the perfect paint colour, designer Fiona Parke and owner Bodil Blain settled on 'New Silver' from Sanderson for the walls, adding accents with a gold headboard and pink patterned cushions.

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    A 17th-century oak cupboard and 19th-century American maple chairs feature in this dining room, which is brightened up by a pendant light from Pinch. The walls are painted in panels of 'Plaster III' and 'Hot Earth', £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library.

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    This bedroom has walls painted in 'Hot Earth', £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library. This warm terracotta colour works well with the green accents in this bedroom, decorated by Gabby Deeming.

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    Geometric prints can be soothing when teamed with the freshest of pastel colours. Don't be afraid to mix it up and use a variety of paint shades from the same colour family; similarly, the scheme can be carried throughout your home via decorative details - think bedspreads, lamps and cushions.

    Small fabric panels at windows, 'Flower Cut-Out' (green on cream, and yellow on cream), linen, £104 a metre, at Vanderhurd. Wall paint: pale yellow, '4-053'; strong yellow, '4-055'; and green, 'HC92'. All £27.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, at Papers and Paints.

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    In the main bedroom of product designer Anthony Joseph - one half of kitchenware company Joseph & Joseph - mustard textiles were chosen to complement the walls painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Mole's Breath'

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    Playing on the lack of natural light in her bathroom, Rita Konig had the bath area covered in horizontal and vertical boards, painted in a high-gloss 'Deep Brunswick Green' from Papers and Paints.

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    A 'Copper Round' light by Tom Dixon hangs above the kitchen table in texidermist Ferry van Tongeren's house. The walls are painted a sugar mouse pink - 'Calamine' from Farrow & Ball is similar.

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    A palette of rust, grey and white adds a calming element to an entryway and pairs perfectly with the slick, modern furnishings. The paint used is 'Burton Pink' from Little Greene.

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    The walls, sofa and decorative plates in the upstairs sitting room of Anita Lal's home in India share a sky blue palette. This charming space has light printed voile curtains and tall french windows that open onto the balcony. 'Old Glory' by Sanderson is a similar shade to the paint used in the walls.

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    Ruth Sleightholme created the graphic schemes for this living room,which displays a collection of artwork by Frederico Pepe. The navy blue used on the walls is '45S05' Little Greene.

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    Inspired by the Art Déco glamour of the Twenties and Thirties, Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory have created an elegant scheme using an understated palate of pale pink and grey. The walls have been painted in '16A03' matt emulsion from Little Greene. The Thirties limed-oak armchairs were source from Marchand Antiques, while the wool and silk rug is the 'Maille' from Riviere.

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    Matt black walls provide a smart foil for pale wood and the warm tones of copper and leather. This paint is 'Pitch Black', £32.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion at Farrow & Ball.

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    This modern living room decorated by Gabby Deeming has walls painted in a deep dark green, 'Obsidian Green' from Little Greene. An extra modern touch is the addition of painted black borders around the windows.

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    Decoration director Gabby Deeming was inspired by the vibrant colours and bold patterns of Ballet Russes to create this scheme for a bright and beautiful hallway. The walls are painted in '16V05' red by Little Greene and above they have been adorned with a looping pattern by White Allom Studio. The floor is covered in a zig zag patterned rug by Madeleine Weinrib.

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    Walls and woodwork in 'Murrey Red' from Papers & Paints, has been used by designer and antiques dealer Adam Bray in this room. A light gloss finish bounces the light around, while the nineteenth-century alabaster light was chosen to impart a grown up mood.

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    The hallway of Tom Helme's Carskiey Estate has the original monogrammed game bags for James and Kate Boyd, the original owners of the house. These add to the warm and earthy colour scheme - the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Picture Gallery Red'.

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    A feature wall in emerald green looks glamorous and dramatic when paired with monochrome and gleaming gilt accessories. Paint, '2 V 05', £30.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Little Greene.

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    Decoration director Gabby Deeming has used the architecture of this house as a canvas on which to play with the effects of bold graphic colour. The walls are painted in Chalk paint, 'Napoleonic Blue' and 'Henrietta', £18.95 a litre, at Annie Sloan.

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    Classic Victorian houses needn't be painted in muted tones, as this bold scheme shows. Harmonious shades of yellow and green create a flow between these two rooms, while the pink paint used for the lower wall and woodwork adds another colour into the mix. To recreate this scheme, try Paint & Paper Library's yellow 'Gamboge' and green 'Apple Smiles II' paints, both £42.50 for 2.5 litres of emulsion, and Farrow & Ball's pink 'Nancy's Blushes', £39.50 for 2.5 litres of emulsion.

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    It can be daunting to paint every element of a room in one colour, but this hall, in Paint & Paper Library's 'Blue Blood' (£42.50 for a 2.5-litre pot), looks very smart. A matt finish has been used for all components, keeping the look clean. This is a good way of incorporating a minimalist aesthetic into a house with traditional architectural details.

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    Jewel-like Blue Corridor

    Somewhat quixotically, the owner of this London apartment asked specialist painter Matthew Bray to copy the colour of a friend's faded T-shirt when painting the corridor, an unexpectedly perfect accompaniment to the saffron colour living area. It's hard to find a similar colour off-the-peg but 'Vardo' from Farrow & Ball has similar oomph!

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    Dark Moody Hallway

    Dark colours can be tricky, but in this town house, designer Adam Bray has used rich tones from Paint and Paper Library to excellent effect. 'The moody, bruised shades look good at night,' he says.

    The two-colour door allows the hall, painted in 'Pure Grey 11', to flow into the 'Murrey Red' drawing room; £42.50 for 2.5 litres of emulsion.

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    Pink Dressing Room

    The dressing room of a bedroom in Cadland House is painted a pretty dusty pink, toned down by the black and white photographs hanging on the wall. For something similar, try 'Calamine' from Farrow & Ball.