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Dulux Colour of the Year 2018

Last year it was “Denim Drift” – and sure enough, we’ve seen an influx of blues in home furnishings in 2017, from vibrant teal to navy – but 2018 is going to be all about mauve. Yes, the colour specialists at Dulux Global Aesthetic Centre have chosen the shade they predict will define our interiors over the coming 12 months, and it’s “Heart Wood”, a dusky mauve “designed to bring a sense of comfort to the home”.

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2018 trend: seventies chic

Move over mid-century modern – if the autumn/winter catwalks and trend forecasters are right, there’ll be a definite seventies vibe to our interiors in 2018. Designers such as Jonathan Adler have long championed the look but it seems it’s going mainstream; according to Pinterest, macramé wall hangings, chunky knitted throws and house plants are among the most-pinned items this month.

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Stain Free Summers

The school holidays are upon us and as well as keeping your kids busy and out of mischief, there are a million and one things to think about, not least keeping them from destroying your carefully chosen interior décor.

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Bare It All

Leaving your walls unpainted and untreated is one of the hottest home and interior design trends for this year, so carpet can be a great way to soften the industrial look and make it entirely liveable. 

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Perfect patterns for your home!
Welcome to COTY 2017: Denim Drift

We love colour, something a quick scroll through our blog posts will testify! It comes as little surprise, then, that ‘Colour of the Year’ announcements really make us tick, whether it’s the Colour Institute, Pantone, or perhaps a producer of pristine paints like Dulux...

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Pantone reconnects with nature

Every year we look forward to colour prediction season, but although a number of brands panic and gaze into their crystal ball early, there is only one prediction that holds credence the world over. We are referring to Pantone, the colour institute who place ridiculous amounts of effort into their shade analysis.

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Crown Floors returns to Harrogate

It’s that time of the year again. Not Christmas, New Year or Easter, rather the large milestone that protrudes from the flooring calendar; we are of course talking about The Flooring Show, Harrogate, where industry folk can discover the big trends for the year ahead.

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15 January 2017

Pantone reconnects with nature

15 Jan 2017 by Tom Bourne

Every year we look forward to colour prediction season, but although a number of brands panic and gaze into their crystal ball early, there is only one prediction that holds credence the world over. We are referring to Pantone, the colour institute who place ridiculous amounts of effort into their shade analysis.

This year’s colour is refreshingly simple, the natural hue of Greenery. This yellow-green brings us back in touch with the world around us, helping us to escape from a hectic modern lifestyle that so many of us have fallen slave to. This is, in many ways, a follow-up to the 2016 trend for hygge relaxation!

Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone Colour Institute:

“There’s a growing desire to reconnect with nature and what is real, and find ways to disconnect from technology. We need a break. We need to stop and breathe. Greenery is about unity and community - connecting to oneself, others and a higher purpose: nature.”

The first Colour of the Year green since Emerald, the luxury hue which won acclaim in 2013, Greenery instead steps away from over-the-top grandeur and looks to instil some semblance of calm. There were a number of speeches at New York Fashion Week which explained how we need to ‘disconnect’ in this overly digital age, and Greenery can help us to achieve just this.

If you visit the official Pantone website, the colour experts are kind enough to supply us with 10 (yes, 10!) colour palettes in which Greenery can seamlessly fall. Analogous and Calm It Down palettes help us to kick back, however those seeking bolder colourways are also catered to with the imaginatively named Rev It Up; a more neutral choice from Crown’s carpet portfolio would be ideal for offsetting against the latter. 

Greenery is fresh, zesty and evoking of spring-like thoughts. This hue allows us to breathe, oxygenate, and crucially reinvigorate. The year ahead might be paved with challenges, but Greenery can help to smoothen the path. 

Here’s hoping!