Have you heard about Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2018? It’s created quite a buzz within the interiors world. Was it what we expected? Do we like it? There was talk that the colour may have a lilac hue to it. The calming Heart Wood hue is described by Dulux as a “warm neutral with a hint of heather”. It was announced alongside other colour palette predictions as part of the leading paint brand’s annual trend forecast.
My bridesmaid dresses circa 2014 were a Heart Wood colour, so my love for this hue goes way back. Though I did immediately think ‘how am I going to style this in my home’. It’s a beautiful hue and I’ve only just been searching for a handbag in this colour (Valentino Stud to be exact). But transferring this colour into your interiors and home decor will take planning. I’ll tell you why. Is it Dusty Rose, Dark lilac or even Mauve, and where does it fall within the pink or purple colour spectrum?
Each of us will see colours and hues differently, and Heart Wood positioned next to each of the below colour palettes alters its tone. Personally, I look at the Heart Wood home and Inviting Home and Heart Wood looks like a warm grey. I then look at Comforting Home and Playful Home and it looks more of a lilac/mauve. Yet on the Dulux website and colour card, Heart Wood appears as a dusty rose colour.
So as I was sitting here considering this colour trend, Modern Rugs got in touch and asked me to provide some expert tips on how to incorporate this hue into our homes. Its been a brilliant journey as I only learnt of the colour of the year on Tuesday at the same time as everyone else. I’ve since been able to delve into Dulux’s accompanying colour palettes, understand the meaning behind them and create some mood boards which I really hope inspire and showcase how this trend could work for different interior styles.
THE INVITING HOME
Softer pastels framed by graphic borders of coal and dark hue bring an effortless style to this palette. Cool shades of blue alongside neutrals and sea-greens encourage clear-headedness.
THE HEART WOOD HOME
This palette centres around the comforting quality of Heart Wood. It offers the freedom to balance softer shades such as cocoa with deeper, bolder tones of ink blue and purple. The result is a calming backdrop that encourages restfulness and flows beautifully from last year’s colour of the year, Denim Blue.
THE PLAYFUL HOME
Inspiration from nature is at the heart of this palette. Pops of colour create focal points that spark a feeling of adventure while abundant foliage brings vitality into the space. Rich and yellow-toned greens work alongside golden shades to enable creativity and recharging.
MY EXPERT TIPS:
Incorporate Heart Wood into the home by focusing on pairing it with warm neutrals and textures such as leather and wood with each of the accompanying palettes. Metallic accents such as copper and brass will also compliment this hue perfectly and add to the warmth of a scheme. Though it may be tempting to decorate with a varied colour palette, do try and keep to four-five key colours within a interior scheme. If you have already decorated your home and you are wanting to include and update a new colour into the room, such as Heart Wood, soft furnishings are the best solution. Stylistic wise, Heart Wood Home and Inviting Home are definitely made for Modern and all variants of Scandi design. Whereas Comforting Home and Playful Home are for those that have more of an eclectic style.
You can read the full Modern Rugs post here.
I recently created a few autumnal colour trend mood boards, which you can find here. They happen to include quite a few of the hues in Dulux’s accompanying colour palette by pure coincidence.
I would really love to know your opinions on Dulux’s Colour of the Year? Do you like it? Would you incorporate the colour into your home? A x