Colour trends in the fashion industry almost always influence and dictate colour trends in home decor. Whether intentional or not, even our own personal tastes and preferences in interior design are guided by the colour palettes, styles and patterns we favour in our choice of personal attire. The way in which we choose to dress ourselves and our homes is, quite simply, an extension of our unique personalities; a reflection of who we are and the lifestyles we lead.
Trends are, by their very nature, fleeting – they perpetually change year upon year. Just when we’ve got our wardrobes and interiors up to date, new styles come into play. Whilst you’re unlikely to chuck out your sofa, dining furniture and home accessories every January, it’s fun to update things every now and then, particularly when you’re planning to sell your home. Presenting your property to the market with up-to-date decor is incredibly appealing to viewers and can add a great deal of value to your home.
In 2016, it was all about black, grey, mink and blush pink. 2017 is not so subdued – expect to see big, bold, bright colours, both on the runways and in interior design. The main colours of choice this year include nautical mid blues, bright botanical greens, terracotta, honey yellows, and deep aubergine shades. But don’t panic if you’re not a fan of bright colours – all-white interiors are not going anywhere. Quite rightly so. A classic, neutral palette of white is also a safe bet if you’re selling or renting because it’s always on trend, though we’re moving away from the grey undertones of 2016, toward softer, pure white tones.
Copper, shiny metals, blonde wood and Scandi design are out. As are pineapples (in the decorative sense, that is). Burnished metals, dark wood furniture, cork, matt textures, woven baskets, and terracotta pots and tiles are all in. These trends lend themselves well to the new paint colours of vibrant green, rich dark purple and mid-blue, as well as some of the pastel tones and luscious velvet upholstery we’re going to be seeing more of throughout 2017.
Colours of the year
Dulux’s colour of the year had been announced as Denim Drift. Lighter and softer than navy, it’s simple, sophisticated and versatile, lending itself well to spacial creativity, particularly in bedrooms, studies and bathrooms. This colour works well against all types of wood, including white, blonde and dark, so it will easily adapt to both existing and new styles of furniture, woodwork and flooring.
The colour of the from Pantone is brave, to say the least and has received mixed reviews! A zesty yellow-green intended to revitalise, refresh, and evoke thoughts of flourishing foliage, Greenery is bright, vibrant and springlike, with some Twitter users commenting on its likeness to some of their favourite things – namely, gaucamole and Kermit the Frog. It’s a fabulous colour that will work really well on kitchen walls and in carefully selected soft furnishing and wall prints. Again, it’s a great shade against light, dark and painted white wood.
Moving toward the dark side of the palette, Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year is Shadow. A rich, royal amethyst that creates a wonderful, dramatic ambience against dark or stripped wood in hallways, dining rooms and grande living rooms. It’s a sophisticated, confident colour that creative director Eileen O’Neil describes as “more Russian tea room than Scandinavian cafeteria”. A far cry from their previous colour of the year, All White, Shadow is moody and mysterious, inspired by the play of light and shadows at dusk.
Choosing your colours
Regardless of trends, the best success is usually achieved by selecting a palette and elements of trends that are appropriate and unique to you and your home. Colours work differently depending on their surroundings, and light plays a huge part. If you’re trying something new, or you’re not sure if a colour is going to work in a particular space, try a sample on a wall and observe it three times a day to see how it transforms in different lighting situations. If you like it, add samples to other areas – corners and next to windows – to see how it transforms. It’s also important to think about whether you’re likely to tire of the colour quickly and if it works with your existing furniture, finishes, and decorative accessories.
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