From a candy-striped studio to an ethereal bedroom, artist Lecia de Waal's home is nothing if not colourfully quirky. Being part of an alive, dynamic and always-shifting environment is what the owners of this Glen Beach home love the most about it. The daring use of Plascon paint instantly transformed a shoddy outside room into a swinging student pad. Theres an upbeat new mood to decorating with colour in contemporary interiors and its best expressed in the cultural fusion of east and west. Bold use of colour on home exteriors is a brave step that should emphasise a buildings strong points. Three architects explain how strong accent colours can be used to enhance the design of a house. There's living proof that the colours chosen by the residents of this trendy Johannesburg suburb have added real value to their homes. Ensure the spaces kids play, work and sleep in are stimulating and upbeat with these cute paint ideas. A declaration of freedom, a statement of expression, a symbol of identity... for the people of Bo-Kaap, colour stands for this, and more. A watery palette of soothing spa colours evokes thoughts of holidays and rest and signals the return of balance and poise to a frenzied world.