The doctors' common room at a Western Cape hospital gets a serious style resuscitation with an injection of futuristic colour. Vintage-style colours serve as a backdrop to this shabby-chic home, which reflects the passions and memories of its inhabitants. The bold redevelopment of a defunct hotel into a forward-thinking landmark building is putting its visionary tenant on the map. 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.