10/25/2013 06:30 EDT | Updated 12/25/2013 05:12 EST

Consider balance before committing to bold swaths of colour in home

VICTORIA - With bold paint colour becoming increasingly popular, many homeowners and interior designers are choosing to take the plunge with bright hues.

Bold feature walls and painted rooms are being seen more on the pages of magazines and design websites, and Kyla Bidgood, registered interior designer, said more of her clients are asking for the same.

"I think people have commitment issues with colour, but they want to experiment a little bit, and obviously the easiest way to do that is by not using paint," she said.

"You can use accessories, pillows, throw blankets or even area rugs to get pops of colour into a space without committing to paint your space."

But if you're looking at expanding the splash of colour onto your walls, Bidgood said it is important to consider balance.

Even though many people perceive white as a neutral and boring colour, it can be an important addition to a space if furnishings, accessories and artwork are bright and bold.

"White really draws your eye away from the wall to other furnishing, art and patterns," said Bidgood. "Navy blue and blacks make a piece of art with a white frame really pop, especially if the art is in a bright colour."

Bidgood said many people pick their paint colours based on the chip at the store. Instead of buying all your paint based on the chip, Bidgood said take small paint samples of several variations of the colour.

"It's really about finding the right hue, so if you have a colour in mind chances are what it looks like on the chip is going to be different than how it looks on the wall," she said.

"Get maybe three to five variations of the colour, and paint the swatches right on the wall and have a look at it in different types of lighting. Sit with it for a few days because you might have an idea of how it will look, but after a few days you may not love it as much anymore."

A common mistake Bidgood said people make when it comes to picking a wall colour is that it can be something they would choose in a fabric or piece of clothing.

"It doesn't necessarily translate to a larger surface like a wall," she said. "When you're picking a colour you often need to pick a colour that is slightly less intense because it is going to be very bold when you paint a large space."

When it comes to using bright paint colours in a home, a concern is often how it might affect the resale of the property.

But whether you go bold or safe and neutral, Bidgood said you're never going to great a space that everyone loves.

"Chances are if you sell and someone moves in they will want to paint it again anyways," she said.

"If I were to buy a house that was all beige, I would definitely be looking to paint it. It's not to say the neutrals are necessarily safe either."