Dynamic hues add glamour
When it comes to interiors, eclectic is this year’s buzzword. A retro vibe with a modern touch is forecast to be dominant, writes Michelle Hele
We’ve heard that the hot colour for fashion this year is tipped to be ultra purple, but what colours will be covering our walls?
According to the 2018 Dulux Colour Trends predictions this summer, interiors will be eclectic.
It tips lashings of colours that reference eighties glamour and luxury hotels.
Dulux’s colour expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr, and Pip Brett from homewares store Jumbled have come up with their top colour tips.
From the Escapade colour palette, Ms Brett recommends Cuticle Pink with the deeper pink Carmen and Solution, a mid-base blue.
“To really make the combination pop, you could then add in splashes of mustard in soft furnishings and artwork,” she said. “Colour is nothing to be afraid of.” Ms Brett said it would add a sense of energy and fun to a neutral space and help create a year round holiday feel, even once everyone had headed back to work.
“It has a retro seventies and eighties vibe, while still managing to be thoroughly modern,’’ she said.
Ms Lucena-Orr said this year’s popular picks would be quite different to the neutrals and deeper tones of last year.
“Incorporating uplifting colour and prints in a white space can be transformative, lifting the soul and making you feel more dynamic and creative,’’ she said.
Popular choices will be Cuticle Pink and Soft Fresco which Ms Lucena-Orr said went beautifully with whites as well as mid-toned timbers and velvets in rich jewel shades.
She said for those worried about colour overload, just a small dose of these shades could have a big impact.
Eye-catching accents in unexpected places such as doors, the inside edge of a wall or door frame, along a staircase or a storage nook could really add punch.
For those who want to go for the complete look, she recommended painting a couple of smaller pieces of furniture in the same shade.
THE main wall is painted in Dulux Lexicon Quarter while the doorway is Dulux Cuticle Pink. Styled: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen
Experts say colour is nothing to be afraid of. Main wall is painted in Dulux Lexicon Quarter, inlet painted in Dulux Soft Fresco. Styled: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen.