Guess Hue

Es­sex and Lon­don based colour an­a­lyst Eleanor Mitchell helps you to choose the right colours for you, your home and your wardrobe this Christ­mas, with top tips to help you work in new colours along­side your per­sonal favourites

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Get your Christ­mas colours right for 2019

Colour is ev­ery­where. Even if you only wear black and grey and have off-white walls, colour still counts! Ev­ery sea­son the fash­ion in­dus­try and high street will an­nounce the lat­est on trend colours, but these are not al­ways right for ev­ery­one. When­ever choos­ing colours for your home, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that if you don’t love what you choose you will soon tire of it and find your­self re­dec­o­rat­ing sooner than is nec­es­sary. Mean­while, colours for clothes can be more tran­sient but it’s still im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that if you don’t like what you are wear­ing, you won’t feel con­fi­dent and happy in it. This win­ter you can take in­spi­ra­tion from new colours and here is how you can work your favourites into how you next shop for clothes or dec­o­rate your home. At Christ­mas time, why not choose some­thing dif­fer­ent to the lit­tle black dress and brighten up the home with splashes of colour in time for your ar­riv­ing guests?


Think about the one thing in your wardrobe you are al­ways com­pli­mented on and I guar­an­tee that will be one of your ‘wow colours’. The right colours make our eyes pop, hide a mul­ti­tude of

dark cir­cles and shad­ows, and is a pow­er­ful way to look good and feel good.

Colour anal­y­sis is used to find your wow colours and show you what is right for you. We base colour anal­y­sis on the colour wheel which is used across the de­sign and fash­ion in­dus­tries. It shows that colour is made up of three com­po­nents com­pris­ing un­der­tone (warm or cool colour), depth (light or dark) and clar­ity (bright or muted).

We all have our own unique make up – in­cor­po­rat­ing our hair colour, eye colour and skin tone. Work­ing with what you have nat­u­rally through colour anal­y­sis shows you ex­act matches for your in­di­vid­ual colour­ing by test­ing dif­fer­ent coloured drapes against you. Have a think about how you look. Do your hair and eyes con­trast in colour (like Court­ney Cox or Danni Minogue) or are they blend­ing to­gether (like Kylie Minogue or Kate Moss)?

Your unique make up im­pacts on your look. If your hair and eye colours con­trast, then wear the bolder, brighter colours of the sea­son. If your hair and eye colours are more blended, then opt for the more muted shades. This is a tip for colours close to your face – the wrong colours will high­light shad­ows, so if you want to wear the bold colours opt for more muted make-up or add a neck­lace to soften the look. Have a think about what you are wear­ing now. Is it ex­ag­ger­at­ing the dark cir­cles or lift­ing them? You want to see you and not the colour first to en­sure you are al­ways look­ing your very best.

Now let us look at the key colours for this sea­son and who they will suit the best. The right colours will pull you up, while the wrong colours will drain you. The colours for the sea­son are in all the shops, so it’s a great time for pick­ing up a few bar­gains if you are ner­vous about colour.

Each sea­son Pan­tone re­leases its colour trends for home and fash­ion. They

al­ways marry up with what is on the cat­walks and in the shops. Colours are bold, au­tum­nal and bright.

As you can see, these are typ­i­cal for au­tum­nal shades for this sea­son – red pear, russet orange, poppy red and olive. But there are brighter hues like lime­light and cro­cus petal that are stereo­typ­i­cally thought of as sum­mer colours. If you have blended colours, try Olive, Muted Reds, Quet­zal Green, Teal, Mus­tard or Cey­lon Yel­low and Russet Orange. For con­trasted colours, try Lime­light Yel­low, Vi­o­let, Blue and Poppy/Red.

This is great as some of us suit lighter colours and some deeper, how­ever, there is a com­bi­na­tion for ev­ery­one. Match your trusty favourites with these cur­rent ones and you are sail­ing through this sea­son look­ing and feel­ing fab­u­lous.

Style trends this sea­son are leather (the shinier the bet­ter), tweed and checks, pleats and lay­ers. For the cat­walk some of these were taken to the ex­treme, but they can work clev­erly on you. If you are ner­vous about colour, then in­tro­duce it through a pat­tern.

For men and women, the colours are the same and trends are sim­i­lar. Checks, leather and shear­ling are mak­ing a strong ap­pear­ance in men’s clothes.

When shop­ping for your Christ­mas out­fits, don’t be afraid to ex­periement with dif­fer­ent colours. Why not try a gold (warm skin tones) or sil­ver (cool skin tones) se­quinned num­ber in­stead of trusty black? If colour­ful clothes are not for you, add a colour pop with ac­ces­sories such as a fes­tive pair of red shoes or a green scarf. These clas­sic fes­tive colours will make you feel ready for the sea­son and be wear­able beyond it too.

The Pan­tone colours will be in the shops, so choose a Poppy Red if you suit bright clear colours or the Red Pear colour if deeper tones are what you look best in. Both are very fes­tive reds so you can­not go wrong this Christ­mas.


When it comes to in­te­rior de­sign, are you in a land of beige or is your home a colour­ful par­adise?

Colour is pow­er­ful and has a di­rect im­pact on a per­son. Think about walk­ing into a black room, a white room, a red room or a yel­low room. These colours throw up im­me­di­ate con­no­ta­tions for a per­son, black equals de­pres­sion, white equals clear or crisp, red equals pas­sion while yel­low equals bright­ness and cheer­ful­ness. The colour trends for in­te­ri­ors use the same pan­tone pal­ette as fash­ion. This sea­son there is a max­i­mal­ist ap­proach to colour, yet most of us tend to fear colour in the home.

Choose colours you like and are drawn to, then you won’t grow tired of them quickly. Pick a bold or pale shade de­pend­ing on what you like. The key here is to not sim­ply fol­low trends but to make them work for you. If you love burnt orange but think it will over­whelm a room then use it as splashes of colour in cush­ions, vases, pic­tures, rugs and throws. These are all quick, af­ford­able and easy up­dates to a room that can bring a pow­er­ful change to the feel.

When dec­o­rat­ing think about your space and what func­tion it has? Can it take the colours you like and where does the light come in? A dark colour for a small room can max­imise its cosi­ness or en­hance the dark­ness. Think about ac­cent colours. What colour will make it pro­duc­tive?

Christ­mas colours for the home can now be very di­verse. You have the tra­di­tional reds, greens, sil­ver and gold, but also new schemes to try out. If you go tra­di­tional, green, red, gold and sil­ver, or vari­ants thereof, are a gor­geous com­bi­na­tion and can­not go wrong.

For modern, bright colours, think rain­bows (avail­able at Lib­erty Lon­don) and then base your scheme around that. Mix and match the rain­bow colours for bright pops around the home or pick a few to cen­tre it on. Pink, green and blue or black, white and a rain­bow colour (pur­ple for ex­am­ple) are great com­bi­na­tions. Mix these with some sparkle such as gold, sil­ver, clear glass and you have a bright modern scheme.

For a sim­ple look think white, clear glass and just one or two colours for an el­e­gant Christ­mas. This is a grown-up, lux­u­ri­ous way to dec­o­rate the home, per­haps with some pas­tel shades to keep the el­e­gance.

What­ever your de­sign, re­mem­ber to make it fun too, Christ­mas is not just for the kids and there are loads of fun, colour­ful pieces to add a smile to the dec­o­rated home. Find out more Eleanor Mitchell is a colour an­a­lyst cov­er­ing Es­sex who can help you se­lect colours for you and your home. You can share pic­tures of your new colours on Face­book or In­sta­gram @eleanor­mitchell­colours Es­sex Life read­ers re­ceive 10% off first con­sul­ta­tions. Quote Es­sexlife­colours. Visit www.eleanor­






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