The use of colour in our homes holds so much significance on how we feel and offers an insight into what is going on in our world. Knowing which colours are on trend is one thing, but selecting colours which are timeless takes much more thought. One of the greatest tools at our disposal is the influential aspects of fashion week, design week and the colour power house’s colours of the year. Last month Dulux announced their Colour of the Year for 2018… Welcome, Heartwood.
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Heartwood is “a beautiful warm neutral with a hint of heather”, as described by Dulux. In these modern times, we all need a bit of nurturing, which is exactly where this dusky pink colour comes in. When used throughout the home we evoke feelings of warmth, calmness and nature. Think early, chilly mornings watching the sun creeping out from behind Britain’s beautiful rolling fields. Having said that, we are well aware that not everyone has the same interior style, which is why we have created 4 different looks all using Heartwood. Showing you just how simple and versatile this colour really is.
Look 1: Warm Monochrome
Who doesn’t love monochrome interiors? A simple greyscale colour palette suits any style, be it modern and contemporary or vintage-inspired interiors. The use of Heartwood in this colour board really softens the stark contrast between black, white and grey. Plus, by playing up the harmonious colours of heather and graphite grey, we manage to take a flat colour combination and turn it into a soft and serene look.
To give this look a modern update, we’ve gone for a more contemporary finish, Black Chrome. This is the freshest in modern interiors and adds a real high end, designer feel to any home- without the designer price tag! You can check out our full range of Black Chrome products right here.
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Look 2: Purple Haze
Heartwood has subtle undertones of purple, meaning the other colours used in your home interiors can change the way this shade looks. The use of grey tones will result in a cooler Heartwood. However, balance with warmer neutrals and other shades of purple, and we pull out the true heather tones. This mood board plays on this trick of the eye, by warming up with oatmeal and our favourite mulberry purple. Work a hint of brass into your home accessories and you have a luxurious, opulent colour palette.
However, be sure to keep your neutrals grounded with grey undertones. Cream tones can make Heartwood feel too sweet, which we don’t want- grey tones will keep it mature and sophisticated. You can also create a real statement by using a bold wallpaper in a complementary colour, such as the one featured in our mood board, from Feathr.
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Baltic Seal Wallpaper from Feathr.
Look 3: Cool Hue
When we think about the science behind the colour wheel, we know neighbouring colours sit well together as they create a harmonious feel. So what better colour combination for Heartwood than cool blues. We’ve chosen a powder blue to avoid this look feeling too dark, however, if you are feeling brave, you can substitute lighter shades for navy and midnight blues for a real moody look. Balance out bold colours with different shades of grey, to keep your interiors modern.
To avoid this colour combination feeling too young, play around with textures. Mix brushed steel with chrome, and balance velvet with marble. It’s these luxury details that will bring this look to life and give you a home to be proud of.
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Look 4: Modern Opulence
We all know that colours trends come and go, with each season bringing new styles and accents colours. And sometimes we just don’t have the time, funds, or willpower to paint our homes constantly. In which case, it’s a good idea to keep your home neutral and play around with soft furnishings and textures. Our last mood board is a very subtle, classic and simple look.
Keep your investment pieces (such as sofas, dining tables and flooring) neutral and timeless. Oak floors and tables along with grey walls are always a safe choice. Once your key pieces are in place, you can play around with quick, cost-effective seasonal updates. Side tables and stackable dining chairs are a great choice to refresh more regularly, as these tend to be slightly cheaper and can dramatically change the look and feel of a room.
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Whats your interior style?
Now you’ve seen our styling and decorating tips for using Heartwood, Dulux’s 2018 colour of the year, let us know what you’d choose. Be it dark and moody hues or bright and colourful interiors. Just be sure to remember these top tips;
- Stick to neutral colours in your investment pieces of furniture, and play around with your soft furnishings. Trends come and go!
- Choose colours with grey undertones to keep your interiors sophisticated and like the pages of your favourite interior magazines. This will stop Heartwood feeling too pretty and girly.
- Play up textures in your interiors. Hard materials, such as marble, balanced with velvet, and brushed metals with a high gloss dining table.
- Choose a bold wallpaper in complementary colours to really show off your interior style.
- Brass accessories will warm up your dusky heather walls, where chrome or black chrome will keep it cool and super stylish.