A Year of Magical Colouring – Colour Trends for 2018

The return to bold colours is set to continue in interiors with the latest addition being purple with Pantone’s launch of Ultra Violet for 2018. Perhaps only for the brave among us but it’s worth considering visual colour pops for accent pieces like soft furnishings, accessories and tonal layering.

The influence of the 1980s can be seen in the bold and bright colours that are returning to paint charts – Pantone from Fleetwood and the Signature Collection from Dulux. Purple as a colour is deeply evocative and long associated with magic, royalty and ceremony. Perfectly pairing with gold, teal and potted greenery, it achieves that rich layered look.

Primary colours worth noting are bold reds in Harissa or Symphonic from Dulux or Minion Yellow and Lapis Blue. A pop of colour adds interest and personality to an interior instantly without being overpowering. It can be simply an accent painted handrail on a stairs or border around a room or a simple horizontal stripe on one wall. Furniture is another way to introduce colour. You can paint an occasional chair or side table in a colour that ties in with cushions and accessories on the main sofa.

Our love affair with green is set to continue with softer shades appearing like sage, avocado and evergreen. Shades of green sit well together in the same room adding depth and can be contemporary and modern or traditional in setting.

Black is the new white making its presence in metal, painted wood, shower trays, sinks and wood furniture in various interiors. A room without white is liberating and melts boundaries between floors, walls and ceilings. Try Bone Black from Zoffany for a rich black that’s perfect for painting and updating pieces of furniture or creating a dramatic downstairs toilet.

While there’s a lot to be said for greys and neutrals, perhaps it’s time we ventured out from our comfort zones, embraced colour and had some fun!

By Muriel Simpson,

Head of The Studio at House and Garden