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Paris apartment by Uchronia

Eight colourful renovations that use vibrant shades to transform the home

From a bold blue apartment in Paris to an all-lilac kitchen in Stockholm, this lookbook rounds up renovations that cleverly use bright colours to update and refresh home interiors.

While neutral colour palettes are often chosen for a sense of serenity, embracing bold and bright colours can add a sense of fun to a home and reflect the owner's personal style.

The interiors in this lookbook show how even period buildings, from an Edwardian London townhouses to a 1950s Norwegian home, can be renovated to have colourful, modern and playful interiors.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring New York City lofts, living rooms with vintage furniture and interiors with burl wood surfaces.

Parisian apartment by Uchronia
Photo by Félix Dol Maillot

Parisian apartment, France, by Uchronia

Local studio Uchronia coated walls in gradients of bright colours and added colourful geometric furniture to this Parisian apartment, which was designed for a pair of jewellery designers.

The bold tones sit against a backdrop of detailing including boiserie, mouldings and parquet flooring. These are original to the mid-century building the apartment is located in, which was designed as part of Georges-Eugène Haussmann's reconstruction of the French capital.

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Kitchen by Westblom Krasse Arkitektkontor
Photo by Jesper Westblom

1980s Stockholm apartment, Sweden, by Westblom Krasse Arkitektkontor

Lilac hues coat the walls, ceiling and floor of the kitchen in this apartment in Stockholm, which was renovated by local studio Westblom Krasse Arkitektkontor.

Set in a 1980s prefabricated concrete building, the studio also created an all-yellow bedroom and added accents of burnt orange to the home's doors and bespoke furniture.

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Graphic House by Office S&M
Photo by French + Tye

Graphic House, UK, by Office S&M

Architecture studio Office S&M drew upon its clients' love for graphics to create the colourful and geometric renovation of Graphic House in London.

The studio added art deco forms in a variety of colours to the mid-terrace Edwardian home, including mint green walls and kitchen cupboards, yellow window and door frames, and a blue staircase.

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Retroscena apartment renovation by La Macchina Studio in Rome, Italy
Photo by Paolo Fusco

Retroscena, Italy, by La Macchina Studio

Swathes of primary colours feature throughout Retroscena, a 1950s apartment in Rome that was transformed by Italian architecture practice La Macchina Studio.

The practice aimed to create a "surreal" and "quasi-theatrical" interior with bright blue archways and zesty yellow curtains contrasting against white walls.

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Colourful renovation of the dinng room with yellow pendants in Yellow House in the Apple Garden
Photo by Magnus Berger Nordstrand

Yellow House in the Apple Garden, Norway, by Familien Kvistad

With a name referencing the sunny hue of its monochrome exterior, Yellow House in the Apple Garden is a 1950s house in Oslo that local studio Familien Kvistad renovated to have a more modern feel.

Based on the client's favourite colours, the interior palette includes bold tones of mustard yellow in the kitchen tiling and shades of plum and forest green in the soft furnishings.

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Green wall and arched mirror in Moroccan-inspired townhouse by PL Studio
Photo by Taran Wilkhu

East London townhouse, UK, by PL Studio

Interior design office PL Studio added shades of blue, green and yellow to this east London townhouse, informed by a Morrocan villa that was once the home of artist Jacques Majorelle.

Applying the colours in graphic shapes on the home's walls, PL Studio wanted to create a sense of character that reflected the clients' joyful and positive energy.

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Colourful renovation of Hudson Heights apartment in New York
Photo by Sean Davidson

Hudson Heights apartment, USA, by Ideas of Order

US architecture studio Ideas of Order updated this 1,000-square-foot residence in Manhattan with pops of colour in the style of French midcentury designers, such as Charlotte Perriand.

The studio gave each room in the apartment its own identity by using different colours. The kitchen was refreshed and made more suitable for entertainment with raspberry and periwinkle cabinets, a lime green storage wall was added to the bedroom, and pale pink cabinets were inserted in the entryway.

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Colourful renovation of Sunderland Road house in London by 2LG
Photo by Megan Taylor

Sunderland Road House, UK, by 2LG Studio

Sunderland Road House is an Edwardian home in London that local firm 2LG Studio renovated for a family of five, aiming to incorporate the clients' love for colour while respecting the period elements of the house.

Shades of pastel green cover the walls in the baby's room, the entry hall was coated in hues of pink, and the kitchen was fitted with sky-blue cabinets.

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This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring New York City lofts, living rooms with vintage furniture and interiors with burl wood surfaces.