Heart of the mat­ter

Gabrielle Fagan dips into the lat­est paint shade set to star in homes and how to use it to its very best ef­fect

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERIORS -

Colour is a pow­er­ful mood en­hancer. If you’re look­ing for a feel­ing of calm, warmth and re­as­sur­ance (that’s all of us, right?) you could con­sider Heart Wood, the Du­lux Colour of the Year for 2018.

The paint ex­perts claim this smoky, gen­tle neu­tral with a tinge of pur­ple heather can not only bring a sense of com­fort, har­mony and bal­ance, but is so ver­sa­tile it blends beau­ti­fully with other fash­ion­able pal­ettes, from inky blues and pur­ples through to cho­co­late and pinks.

If it does, in­deed, do what it says on the tin, it could just be an easy way to paint your way to a peace­ful par­adise ... CRE­ATE LIGHT “Heart Wood can be de­scribed as a warm neu­tral — a colour in­spired by nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, which con­tain hints of pink, gold or yel­low,” ex­plains Mar­i­anne Shilling­ford, cre­ative direc­tor, Du­lux.

“It can ap­pear sub­tly dif­fer­ent in chang­ing light con­di­tions, with notes of so­phis­ti­cated ‘mil­len­nial pink’ through to a warm grey com­ing to the fore­front. The shade has a sub­tle hint of heather, which cre­ates a cosy, re­laxed and wel­com­ing look. It works per­fectly with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, woods and leather, and there’s a sup­port­ing pal­ette of seven colours, from stun­ning Black­berry Bush to del­i­cate Blos­som Tree.” TIP: “Heart Wood can be used on all walls, or used as a band of colour for the lower part of a wall, as a fea­ture,” says Shilling­ford. Al­ter­na­tively, bring the shade into an ex­ist­ing scheme by us­ing it to paint ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures and fur­ni­ture, and en­hance the look with ac­ces­sories. MAKE IT MEL­LOW AND MOODY “If you’re look­ing to give a bit of a kick to this laid­back hue, pair with a flash of hot pink or a rich, deep navy,” says Na­dia McCowan Hill, res­i­dent style ad­vi­sor, Way­fair. “This will take the colour from grown-up to glam­orous, es­pe­cially if you add ac­cents and ac­ces­sories in on-trend gold or cop­per, and use tac­tile fab­rics like vel­vet and linen for a lux­u­ri­ous touch.

“This neu­tral, which sits some­where be­tween smoky taupe and soft mink, can con­jure a serene space that’s easy on the eye and in­stantly re­lax­ing — per­fect for a bed­room.”

TIP: “Lovers of more nat­u­ral styling may pre­fer to go ‘au na­turel’ and pair the shade with weath­ered wood fur­ni­ture, rat­tan and sea grass touches, as well as brushed cot­ton and wool fab­rics,” ad­vises Na­dia.

LIGHT STUFF: Wall (top) Pink Parch­ment; wall line di­vide: Sap­phire Springs 1; wall (lower sec­tion) Heart Wood, Paint Mix­ing Flat Matt, 2.5 litres, Du­lux

Wall painted in: Blos­som Tree; top row left: Black­berry Bush; right: Pine Cone; sec­ond row left: Rose Bark; right Heart Wood; Third row left: Black­berry Bush; right: Fallen Burr; Bot­tom row: Pink Parch­ment, Du­lux; Sofa, (left) re­duced from £2,288 to...

Chair, in Speckle Blush, £1,274; Foot­stool in Pixel Blush, £528, Parker Knoll

Lan­tern, £29, Barker & Stonehouse; throw, £69, Tolly McRae; ta­ble, £141, Amara; Lou­vred shut­ters, can be painted in a Heart Wood shade on re­quest, from £299 per square me­tre, Shut­terly Fab­u­lous

Rug, £92.99, re­duced from £99.99, Way­fair; Tealight Holder, £12, Brissi; Ta­ble Lamp, re­duced to £252 from £277, Alexander & Pearl

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