SUMMER’S NEW HUES
Expert tips for using on-trend colours
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.
TIPS ON USING IT
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.
TIPS ON USING IT
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.
TIPS ON USING IT
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.
HOW TO USE IT
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 dreamweaverstudios.co.za Dulux dulux.co.za Duram duram.co.za Fired Earth fired-earth.co.za Home Fabrics hf.co.za
FEATURE WALL PAINTED IN DULUX’S SUMMER PECAN 1.
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
WALLPAPER AND FABRICS FROM NINA CAMPBELL’S LES REVES RANGE FROM HOME FABRICS.
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
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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