The 2018 Colour of the Year re­veals a grow­ing need for in­te­ri­ors to serve as sanc­tu­ar­ies in which to recharge. Dis­cover your perfect pal­ette with Du­lux

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style Design - Styling LAURA FULMINE Photography BEN AN­DERS

Much like any cre­ative in­dus­try the de­sign world is driven by trends. The key lies in iden­ti­fy­ing the driv­ers be­hind those trends and ap­ply­ing that in­for­ma­tion to cre­ate in­te­ri­ors that cap­ture and nur­ture our col­lec­tive mood. En­ter the panel of ex­perts who re­cently came to­gether at Ak­zono­bel’s Global Aes­thetic Cen­tre to iden­tify 2018’s Colour of the Year (COTY) for in­te­rior wall paint.

Es­tab­lished 15 years ago as part of Ak­zono­bel Colour Fu­tures – which mon­i­tors and analy­ses so­cial and de­sign trends and trans­lates them into colours for in­te­rior paints – the COTY serves to dis­til the ‘mood of the mo­ment’ into a sin­gle colour and re­lated paint pal­ettes for our homes. It will come as no sur­prise that re­cent un­cer­tain­ties in global events had a large in­flu­ence on this year’s selections. A sub­tle, warm, ‘grown-up’ pink, Du­lux ‘Heart Wood’ re­flects the grow­ing de­sire for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies to see their homes as places to re­treat to and re­vi­talise; to cre­ate spa­ces that feel both safe and em­brac­ing.

It’s time to ‘press pause’, ex­plains Heleen van Gent, the Global Aes­thetic Cen­tre’s cre­ative di­rec­tor. ‘Our home needs to be a place where we can recharge. Colour can play a sig­nif­i­cant role in ad­dress­ing the bal­ance be­tween out­side clam­our and in­ner calm.’

The ‘Heart Wood Home’ pal­ette (fea­tured here) achieves this by blend­ing har­mo­niously with the nat­u­ral, tac­tile ma­te­ri­als that serve as in­spi­ra­tion to its hero paint colour. Three sup­port­ing paint pal­ettes – ‘Com­fort­ing Home’, ‘Invit­ing Home’ and ‘Play­ful Home’ – of­fer vari­a­tions on the calm­ing, restora­tive ‘Heart Wood’ tone to en­sure that, in 2018, ev­ery home can be a wel­come home. Dis­cover ‘Heart Wood’ and the four ‘Heart Wood’ colour pal­ettes at du­lux.co.uk/ colour­futures 2018

Walls painted in ‘10YR 28/072’ (main), ‘60YR 20/117’ (col­umn) and skirting boards in ‘46RB 06/074’. All part of the ‘Heart Wood Home’ pal­ette, Du­lux (du­lux.co.uk) From left Blue vel­vet ‘Swoon’ arm­chair by Space Copen­hagen, £2,307, Viaduct (viaduct.co.uk). ‘Prim­i­tive Wave’ silk rug by Cc-tapis, £4,970, Sil­vera (sil­ver­altd.co.uk). ‘Billy BL’ floor lamp by Ilse Craw­ford for Kal­mar, £1,686, Kal­mar ( kalmarlight­ing.com). Brown vel­vet ‘Clarence’ sofa and rec­tan­gu­lar linen twill cush­ion cover in ‘Lip­stick’, £45, both The Con­ran Shop (con­ran­shop.co.uk). Bronze ‘Loren’ cof­fee ta­ble by Baxter, £4,030; black ce­ramic bot­tle by Liv­ing Di­vani, £235, both Sil­vera (as be­fore). ‘Small Rimmed Plate 2’ hand­made ce­ramic plate by Kasper Wurtz, £35, Sig­mar (sig­mar­lon­don.com). Wooden bowl, £450, Quindry (quindry.net). Wooden wall sculp­ture (on back wall), £125, Tilde Gryn­nerup (tilde­gryn­nerup@gmail.com). Double-sided linen throw in ‘Sal­mon’ and ‘Bark’, £160, Larusi ( larusi.com). African Kamba wooden stool, £650, Quindry (as be­fore)

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