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Your walls are an integral part of your interior design scheme, so picking the right colours is an important starting point for creating an amazing space. Here we look at some of the top colour choices for 2016:
Pantone Colour of the Year
Normally only one colour tends to be the focus of the Pantone Colour of the year, however 2016 is different, and the colour authority have gone for two shades. As they state: ‘For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Colour of the Year.’
These two colours do work seamlessly together, creating a relaxing palette mixing both cool and warm tones harmoniously. This is perfect for adding a softness to your scheme.
Dulux Colour forecast of the Year
White is out in 2016 — colour is here and here to stay. For 2016 Dulux have chosen the rich and luxurious Cherished Gold, an evolution from the 2015 shade, Copper Blush, showing us metallics are in once again. This colour, pairs beautifully with warm earthy tones and rich jewel colours. It can also work well with fresh pastels, offering a wide range of colour matching choices.
The key take-home points from these schemes is that colour is king in 2016. Say goodbye to white walls and plain furniture and add some excitement into your interiors.
Patterns are still going strong this year. Fabrics from around the world are the inspiration: rich colours and ornithological influences, alongside intricate and delicate patterns. The catwalks were abundant with clashing prints and this can easily be brought into the home with throws, rugs and cushions. Mix in colour pops not just on your walls but with your soft furnishings too.
Break up colour blocks not only with fabric, throws or rugs but with your furniture as well. Stylishly patterned Moroccan furniture brings the designs of North Africa with the rich patterns and deep colours. The Marrakech range of furniture here will add another dimension to your interiors — the dark colours and striking patterns are key trends this year and a great way to add warmth to your home.
Mixing old and new is a new key trend, so don’t be afraid to mix modern furniture and classic Noir styles. They work fabulously with modern touches: opt for dark and rich furnishings mixed with light, fresh and modern pieces to break it up. By mixing both modern and classic styles, you’re not limiting your scheme to just one era.
Metallics still king
As we can see from the Dulux colour of the year, earthy metallic trends are not going anywhere soon. Gold and copper have both been gaining popularity and now brass and silver tones are making an appearance to cover the whole metallic spectrum. Use hints of metal against colour blocks on walls with fixtures and fittings, and metallic detailing on furniture or accessories.
So, colour is big in 2016, whether it’s rich dark earth colours, bright colour pops or soft, light and serene palettes. White is no longer the main focus, so add some colour into your home this year.