Colours of the Year

Various brands release their chosen ‘key' colour for the following year and all eyes are on Dulux and Pantone as they are the ones that usually reflect interior trends for the next couple of years. Continuously in opposition, the Dulux and Pantone choices sit on the opposite ends of the colour spectrum however; the 2018 colours are in the same tone, purple.

Certainly a bold colour choice, and some would see as rather girly, but these purple toned hues are extremely versatile for a range of interior styles.

Heart Wood by Dulux

This beautifully muted purple feels like a progression of the pink phenomena. The shade has a murky taupe feel to it making it extremely usable in any living area with all kinds of metals, woods and contrasting hues. We recently saw this shade in the #Houzz2018 where they'd used it in contrast to bold white marble, matt black fixtures and warm wood grains and neutral bedding. 

Dulux have presented the colour as the perfect contrasting accent, whether that's sitting alongside a cobalt blue or a mossy green; this colour connects with nature and the elements which inspire interiors.

Use this delicate shade alongside a wood-effect tile in a living area, the base hues of Mora would work in perfect harmony. Alternatively, for a more industrial feel in a bathroom pair this paint colour with a grey stone-effect like Elton.


Ultra Violet by Pantone

This bold shade from Pantone has an almost celestial feel to it but this colour works perfectly in both contemporary and traditional interiors. Painting a reclaimed bath or using it as a feature wall will create a statement whether your space is compact or luxurious.

For traditional interiors that still have a modern touch stick to a colour palette of muted tones with green-tinged greys, dusky pinks and blue toned lavender. Luxurious tiles like Busca, Caspari Antiqued Silver and Black Marble will dress this colour up. 

For a more muted appearance, pair the colour with neutral tiles like Astrea Grey, Serac and Spaces Hamble. The slightly distressed, worn and crackled finishes will break up the bold colour and work perfectly with warm woods and natural fibres.

Still a little unsure on how to use these colours in your home? Create a Pinterest board of all your favourite shades and see which one you pin the most. Visit the Pantone website to see all eight of their proposed colour palettes to incorporate Ultra Violet in your interior.


Image Credits:

Heart Wood- Dulux

#Houzz2018- Amelia Hallsworth Photography

Cobalt Night & Fresh Artichoke Paints- Dulux 



Ultra Violet- Pantone

Busca Flat Silver

Caspari Antiqued Silver

Honed Black Marble

Astrea Grey


Spaces Hamble Nimbus

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