Our favourite interiors blogger, Jen Bishop, gives her tips on what’s hot and what’s trending in colours this season!
By Jen Bishop, publisher at Australia’s leading interiors and renovating blog, Interiors Addict.
As a full-time interior design blogger, I spend my days filtering through the latest trends and products to share with my thousands of readers. They all want to know what’s new in decorating and renovating and I love being in the position to know first!
If there’s one thing which dictates a lot of the homewares and furniture trends, it’s colour. And the paint brands spend a lot of money researching and forecasting what’s going to be in vogue. You should ever underestimate the power of paint and colour to dramatically change the look and feel of your home, or to update it and make it more current.
Dulux have literally just dropped their Winter 2018 trends forecast and grey-green is looking to dominate, especially their colour Spanish Olive. Andrea Lucena-Orr, their colour and communications manager, says it’s very easy to live with and works well in Australian homes, while being a bit more interesting than the popular greys of the last couple of years, although these will remain mainstream. It’s still muted but a bit warmer without being too much.
Image Credit: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Essential Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker. Colurs used ~ Dulux Spanish Olive
Image Credit: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Essential Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker. Colurs used ~ Dulux Spanish Olive & Dulux Design Suede Effects in Century Mist
A perfect range for the colour-shy, starting small is always an option too, says Andrea. “Look to add colour accents in unexpected spots, such as behind shelving, on the edge of doors or around a window frame. Or experiment with one of the season’s biggest colour trends, ‘the tonal look,’ by using different shades or strengths of the one colour on walls, details and even furniture.
The latest colour ranges from Haymes Paint, announced a month or two ago, were a diverse mix. From earthy tones to moody jewel tones and primary colours, their latest collection is organised into three themes and is anything but dull.
The most subdued of the three themes, Unearthed, is inspired by rural Australian landscapes and, more specifically, the earth under our feet. Mud, soil and bark were the organic inspiration behind this soothing mix of hues that includes warm charcoal, tan, rich red and rust tones. Yes, terracotta is back!
Photography: Martina Gemmola and Styling: Ruth Welsby for Haymes Paint. Colour used ~ Haymes Unearthed Collection, “Deep Canyon Artisan Mortar”
The moodiest of the three palettes, Verge, is the perfect fit for the forthcoming cooler months with its sumptuous, dark hues. Berry, plum, teal and midnight make for a sultry mix that is all about calm. The photo below shows the same colour used on the wall and the skirting to dramatic effect.
Photography: Martina Gemmola and Styling: Ruth Welsby for Haymes Paint. Colour used ~ Haymes Verge Collection, “Berry Juice”
Urban inspired, Streetscape features a muted take on primary colours with coral, mustard, bright blue and aqua the stars. Haymes Paint looked to the streets and laneways of our larger cities for inspiration with this palette that is designed to capture the energy of inner city, multicultural life. These colours work best in small touches rather than whole rooms or walls; perhaps on wainscoting.
Photography: Martina Gemmola and Styling: Ruth Welsby for Haymes Paint. Colour used ~ Haymes Streetscape Collection, (listed in order of appearance) “Cheddar”, “Danish Blue”, “Aqua Electra”, “Raw Emotion”, “Amherst Fog.”
Above all, have fun and try and be a little braver with your colour choices to create a unique and sophisticated look.