Dulux have released their four colour forecasts for 2018. These releases are an excellent display of photography and styling but most of all, they are likely to be the colours we will see and use in the coming year.
The theme this year is based around the concept of ‘Balance’, how do we apply this to our daily lives? And how can we achieve the idea of balance through a carefully selected and well-designed space? The colours themselves are soft, dark and dusty but reflect a more personalised approach as we take more time to ourselves and consider our experiences as a channel for our colour inspiration.
Get inspired with the below images of each theme and see how you can create balance in your home.
The beginning trend is Kinship; we “switch off the noise and drown out the negative vibes”, look to reignite our sense of community and celebrate our diversity and heritage. We see a mix of textiles with folk like designs combined with drops of warm terracotta shades and warm neutrals creating a hub of positivity and welcoming communal spaces. Neutral greens sit perfectly with the robust warmth of terracotta and a mixture of patterns creates a casual approach to modern living.
The second trend is Reflect, looking to the elegance of the 20s and 30s, the 1970s glamour and the hits of 90s sass, this trends core is based on the nostalgia of the past to refashion our future spaces. Traditional colours meet with timeless forms to create eclectic classicism, the fusion of these elements illustrating the understated luxury of the eras.
Essential is the trend that keeps us calm and grounded. We embrace the Nordic concept ‘Hygge’ which is associated with comfort and cosiness, reminding us to appreciate and cherish the small and simple parts of life. Our appreciation of the everyday extends to the materials and colours we have in our homes, opting for a calming and nurturing palette alongside natural and recycled materials. Unsurprisingly, pink shades appear as the new neutrals creating a sophisticated ambience, allowing the materials and textures to be the features.
Lastly Escapade encourages the traveller within us all. We are all global citizens in 2018 and Escapade encourages us to create our dream destination in full colour. With references to Palm Springs and 80s Miami, this lively trend creates a focus on pattern and colour with an underlying Memphis Movement influence. Clashing and mixing of unexpected colour combinations will enhance your space making it fresh and fun.