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. Problem: your family has grown from four to six in a matter of a sonar scan. Solution: Simply use paint to convert the garage into a kid's bedroom. White is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black... Alwyn Burgers apartment shifts gear from dramatic black-and-white to the muted, soothing shades of Plascons Settled palette. An old barn-style garage became a home in miniature, trimmed with beads and brocade, satin and silk, and with colour used to lay down boundary lines.