Pantone have announced their colour of 2018 is 'Ultra Violet'. Cue tons of images on instagram and blogger posts on how to make your home bang on trend. I have to say I really dislike this 'eighties' shade and the only purple allowed in our home will be a bunch of hyacinths or iris!
Dulux 'Heart Wood'
I prefer the Dulux colour of the year 'Heart Wood', a shade described as 'a warm, smoky neutral with a hint of heather'. Dulux explain: 'The colour for 2018 is inspired by the beautifully warm wooden material we see being used in all kinds of interior decorating and architecture. A variety of woods are growing in popularity, but we see a tendency towards warmer, light and dark shades of red, alongside violet and pinkish woods. The warmth of wood reflects the comfort that we need in these uncertain times - this material is an essential element for creating the welcoming environments we desire.'
So the thinking behind this colour is to recognise our need for comfort, safety and nurturing. To escape the stress of modern life and be cocooned at home in warm and calm tones. Home accessories will focus on comfort with warm woods, soft leather and tactile fabrics such as velvet.
All is calm with the addition of rich dark wood, soft fabrics and greenery.
2018 will also see the return of old-fashioned tones of pale peach, mint and lavender which work well with our modern greys. Sounds more achievable than the clashing violet and yellow schemes which make me want to run and hide!
This sumptious bedroom with the addition of chocolate velvet shows how blush pink and peach can work in the modern home.
A pretty peach love seat in a cosy boho nook. I love how the tactile accessories add to the comfort of this interior.
Lavender and blush pink equals bliss in this serene bedroom whilst the Cactus plants prevent this pastel scheme looking too sugary sweet.
Yes I'm very happy to embrace the new neutrals if it promises a cosy and calm home - but with two young boys, we'll see!