I don’t think you’ll be surprised to hear that my answer to the question “Would you like to spend an afternoon running 5K through showers of colour?”, was an instant, “Hell, yes!”. As a gentleman hooked on hue the Colour Run has been something I’ve been eager to experience for several years, so when Dulux asked me to run, I jumped at the chance. With a bevy of blogging pals alongside me, I set off into the clouds of colour for an adventurous afternoon like I had never experienced before. The mood amongst the 18,000 people taking part was palpable and electric – it’s safe to say that we were all high on hue! Can you tell I was having a good time?!

Of course, Kate, Katie, Pippa, Zoe, Joanna, Caroline, Toby and I weren’t throwing ourselves headfirst into colour without good purpose (but let’s get real, Mr. Bazaar would happily do this anytime!). No, we were running to raise money for Out of The Dark. As a charitable social enterprise, Out of The Dark recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Given they are based in High Wycombe – the old furniture-making capital of the UK – it made sense to base the enterprise around furniture; in fact, 99% of the pieces used for projects run by founders Jay & Jade is saved from landfill. You can find out more about their enterprise, as well as discovering the many ways you can help support their great work. Here’s to colour making lives better, folks!


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Congratulations for completing the run! It looked like so much fun and for a great cause too. I saw many of the runners covered in colour on the tube today and instantly thought of all of you. Have a lovely week! 😉

  2. I didn’t know about this event but pleased to be introduced to it so I can try and run next year. Looks like you all had a great time!

  3. Fantastic post and pictures! Monday needs all this bright colour! 🙂

  4. Wow Will, this looks like so much fun! It instantly reminded me of this great picture I once saw in National Geographic where people were celebrating with colour powder too. I would have to train first, since I wouldn’t be able to finish the 5 k… Yep, my condition is that bad. 😀 So great of you to complete it and to run for a good cause as well!! Although I wouldn’t be happy to clean up my bathroom after a colour run. 😉 Have a happy, colourful and fun week Will! Big hugs, Inge and her boys 😉 xxx

  5. great idea! There will be a team Rumour next year – it looks like so much fun! Well done for doing it x

  6. Ah lovely! So much fun. I’d love to join one. We played Holi though, earlier in March, this year. Pretty similar except the exercise bit. You are welcome to join any holi celebrations in spring next year, it will add to your colour fix. There are many held in London and rest of UK.

  7. this looks so much fun and I met out of the dark at the May Design series the other day and thought it was a brilliant organisation so well done for supporting this 🙂

  8. Looks awesome Will, what an amazing run and great to do it for charity. We have the Colourrun here in June – seriously contemplating participating 🙂 Happy Monday xx

  9. Great running shots! I love the Colorrun. We just had ours this weekend. How did you protect your camera during the run?

  10. Lyla Farrow Reply

    I ran in two, when I was in Portugal living. The first of the Europe was there in Porto. Great moments!!!!

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.