Ex­pert tips for us­ing on-trend colours

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We all want balance, a closer con­nec­tion to na­ture, fun in the sun and hope for the fu­ture, and these crav­ings af­fect the colours we are drawn to. This is one of the rea­sons why earthy colours are so hot right now. The good news is, trends are last­ing longer as colours be­come more f lex­i­ble and in­di­vid­u­al­ity is cel­e­brated. Choos­ing those that speak to you gives you the op­por­tu­nity to let your per­son­al­ity shine and make your home unique and fab­u­lous.


The word terracotta means ‘baked earth’ and from rus­tic paving to the cat­walks, terracotta has never been more trendy. It’s neu­tral enough to work with a range of colours and you can spice things up with colour blocked in­te­ri­ors in fash­ion­for­ward colours. The com­bi­na­tion of terracotta and pink creates a warm, com­fort­ing pal­ette. Add a touch of mus­tard and the re­sult is en­er­gis­ing and uni­fy­ing. This colour is as­so­ci­ated with a warm, wel­com­ing and nur­tur­ing at­mos­phere and is linked to cre­ativ­ity and mo­ti­va­tion.


Com­bine it with richly tex­tured ma­te­ri­als like warm woods, sisal, wool and vel­vet, which en­hance it for a so­phis­ti­cated yet homely feel.

For a dra­matic pop of colour, paint a fea­ture wall with rich terracotta, like Si­cil­ian Sum­mer 1 (pic­tured left), and com­bine it with white ac­ces­sories for a con­tem­po­rary ef­fect.

For a cooler scheme, bring in com­ple­men­tary blue or green to cre­ate balance.


Pink has grown in pop­u­lar­ity over the years and has even earned its own nick­name – mil­len­nial pink. Rose Quartz was Pan­tone’s Colour of the

Year in 2016, so you might think pink has had its mo­ment, but this gor­geous, fun-lov­ing and care­free colour isn’t go­ing any­where. The candy-coloured and soft pinks of­ten thought suit­able for chil­dren have grown up to be­come more gen­der neu­tral, chic and so­phis­ti­cated. Ac­cord­ing to colour psy­chol­ogy, pink en­ergy re­laxes the mus­cles, calms the mind and sig­ni­fies ten­der­ness and tran­quil­lity. It brings an air of op­ti­mism and hap­pi­ness.


To add a touch of mod­ern ro­mance, com­bine geo­met­ric pat­terns in shades of pink such as these fab­rics and wall­pa­pers (pic­tured right) by Nina Camp­bell from Home Fab­rics.

To pre­vent rooms from look­ing overly fem­i­nine and to add so­phis­ti­ca­tion, com­bine pink pat­terns with solid neu­trals, such as Du­ram Ma­luti Air E207-1, and ground the scheme with nat­u­ral wood floor­ing and fur­ni­ture.

Pink’s com­ple­men­tary colour is green. These two hues work beau­ti­fully to­gether and this com­bi­na­tion is big in in­te­ri­ors right now.

Pink gives a healthy glow to com­plex­ions so it’s ideal for be­d­rooms and bath­rooms.


Green is ref lec­tive of the en­vi­ron­ment, which is why it is such an easy colour to live with. The range of greens in na­ture is huge, from for­est to lime and olive. Leafy greens are as­so­ci­ated with youth and growth. A green scheme can help res­tore balance in your life, pro­vid­ing a re­fresh­ing re­treat and help­ing you feel grounded and at one with na­ture. In colour psy­chol­ogy, fresh green is calm­ing and re­lax­ing both phys­i­cally and men­tally. It’s tran­quil, re­as­sur­ing and com­fort­ing to the eye. Green helps to res­tore de­pleted en­ergy and en­cour­ages growth and re­newal.


Take your cues from na­ture and com­bine dif­fer­ent shades of green, sand and stone to bring the out­doors in.

Not all greens have a tran­quil ef­fect. While sage or jade are sooth­ing, bright ap­ple green is more en­er­gis­ing.

For con­trast and drama, com­bine it with red, its com­ple­men­tary colour.


If you’re a fan of In­sta­gram or Pin­ter­est, you’ll have no­ticed an inf lux of mus­tard yel­low, or Gen Z yel­low as it’s now called, in fash­ion and in­te­ri­ors. It’s bright, pos­i­tive and at­ten­tion-grab­bing. In colour psy­chol­ogy, yel­low is an up­lift­ing colour on the spec­trum. It brings feel­ings of hope, an air of ra­di­ance and cheer­ful­ness, and is linked to con­fi­dence and the in­tel­lect. Yel­low stim­u­lates the brain, ex­press­ing the need for knowl­edge and to see things clearly.


A monochro­matic har­mony is cre­ated by us­ing tints and tones of the same colour. Use shades of yel­low and warm neu­trals to achieve this look.

Add a cooler colour like grey green to tone down the scheme’s warmth and balance it.

Mus­tard shades, such as Plas­con’s Mil­lion­aire Gold, make won­der­ful ac­cent colours that up­lift and add a bit of sun­shine to a dull en­vi­ron­ment.

Try not to use yel­low in rooms where re­lax­ation is a pri­or­ity, for ex­am­ple, be­d­rooms and bath­rooms.

SOURCES Dreamweaver Stu­dios dreamweaver­stu­ Dulux Du­ram du­ Fired Earth Home Fab­rics

Plas­con plas­


A great fea­ture wall colour, add teal for con­trast This earthy shade will add light and en­ergy A con­tem­po­rary neu­tral for a softer lookDulux Gin­ger Glow 4Dulux Dutch Gold 4Dulux No­madic Glow 3


A calm­ing fea­ture wall colour, add stone for a gen­der-neu­tral look This works well as a wall colour for larger ar­eas Com­ple­men­tary green and pink balance each other per­fectlyDu­ram Straw­berry Mist 117-3Du­ram Ma­luti Air 207-1Du­ram Blyde Canyon E212-4

Fired Earth Hygge Y-120-20 A vi­brant ac­cent colour to add in­ter­estFired Earth Low Carb Y-120-30 Ground fresh greens with neu­trals and black ac­centsFired Earth Fudgy R-40-100 Use terracotta ac­cents for warmth and earth­i­ness

Find more info on us­ing colour in your home at gar­de­nand­ MORE ON­LINE

Warm up dark spa­ces with yel­low. Pur­ple pops add con­trast. Ideal as a punchy fea­ture wall or ac­cent colour In­clude green ac­cents to calm and balance any schemeDulux Desert Is­land 2Plas­con Mil­lion­aire Gold Y2-B1-1Plas­con Cy­press Gar­den G4-C1-3

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