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Colour Confidential – Our guide to 2018 colour trends

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Colour can have a huge transformative effect inside our homes. Creating a positive or negative ambience within a space, it’s important to choose the right colour palette that reflects and balances your individual needs and personality. Colour trends come and go season to season but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment and incorporate them into your home.

The shades you choose are not limited to statement painted walls. Take a look at what colours stand out and how they can be used in unexpected ways. Accessorise with harmonising textiles, repaint existing furniture, include accent ceramics or add bold furniture designs. Remember the colours you choose for your walls are just as important as the furniture surrounding the room.

Before you take the plunge and incorporate any of the below shades into your home, start by planning the schemes, looking at samples and creating mood boards. Think about what tones you already have in your home and how you can create balance within each room. A colour can calm you, reduce stress or energise you, it’s worth thinking about the purpose of each room and the kind of mood you would like to achieve within each designated space.

Below we’ve rounded up our favourite key colour trends that will be making an impact on interiors in 2018.

Sage Green


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Image: Est Living

In January sage green was announced by Pinterest as one of the top colours to watch in 2018, and they weren’t wrong as we’ve been seeing it everywhere ever since. A more organic muted tone such as sage can help you feel more relaxed and calm, as opposed to the use of last year’s Pantone ‘greenery’ that creates a vibrant playful mood.

Mentioned by many as the new neutral for 2018, this soft, calming greyish green blends seamlessly within both traditional and modern homes. Set to replace beige tones it’s perfect paired with whites, woven textures and natural woods both dark and light.

Sage freshens up a space adding uplifting positive energy and the feeling of serenity, perfect for bedrooms and open living spaces. No surprise this is huge within interiors this year as we are increasingly striving to create zen like retreats within our home, switching off when life gets too busy.

Be Bold With Colour – Matte Black

Attending the 2017 design week, we noticed a slight move away from minimalism, a significant trend over the last few years that has influenced everything from furniture to the way we go about our daily routines. With 2018 comes maximalism, a new wave of decor that is taking precedence over minimalist Scandinavian design. Maximalism ultimately allows you to express a more flamboyant personality, allowing you to embrace bold darks, mixed materials and contrasting eclectic décor all in one space. Dramatic colours such as matte black can create strong contrasts, setting scenes on feature walls and empty corners of the home.

There is an element of creative direction needed when incorporating dark paints into your interiors, think about the size of the area you are painting and whether it’s going to compromise the light in the room drastically. Consider how you can balance beautiful darks with sophisticated accessories, try brass or gold to add a touch of decadence. Remember, balance within the home is important for creating the correct mood. We advise pairing moodier shades with contrasting monochromatic tones and off whites so the room doesn’t feel too confined.

Terracotta & Turmeric


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Image: H&M Home

Tonal, warm global colours taken from beautiful cultural influences are set to take over our living spaces this year. Being compared to the ‘green’ of last year, terracotta and turmeric are the perfect colours to create impressive features within the home.

Both rich colours come together and derive from a celebration of cultures. With connotations of desert sands, warm earthy lands and fiery spices they are amazing colours to use within an open living space, snug or dining room, transporting you away and creating a sense of calm and serenity.

The trick with organic rich colours is to keep them tonal creating a sophisticated inviting space. To balance the palette try incorporating a deep charcoal also adding tactile 70s style ethnic prints and textiles to complete the look.

Blue Hues

From midnight blue, cobalt and navy, blue hues are taking interiors by storm. Darker shades of this versatile colour are becoming increasingly popular even becoming desirable within kitchens, used both as an accent or base colour.

A dark navy can act as a substitute for black adding drama and depth within a room. One of the easiest colours to add into decor it works wonderfully in both traditional and modern homes. Creating a sense of depth within a space allows you to relax and reflect much easier, bold blue hues are perfect for living spaces and hallways.

If you don’t want to brave it with a full blue tonal scheme add a shade of warm terracotta or turmeric into the mix or use blue as an accent colour within smaller accessories. If you want a bold stylish scheme pair navy with stark white to create a dramatic block effect. While feeling brave with your colour choices why not incorporate another 2018 trend, geometrics. Using a variety of blue shades create a geometric block feature wall bound to capture the eye of anyone walking into the room.

You can find additional 2018 colour trend inspiration over on our Pinterest profile. From metallic to sage green we have all the inspiration you need to transform your home this new year.

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