FROM RED-CARPET TREATMENT TO COOL AND CALM, UPDATING SPACES IS JUST A COAT OF PAINT AWAY
BY Zoe Phoon
There’s a lot that has been said about “colour theory”, but put simply, colour can be an impactful tool to invoke emotion — just as poetry can make people swoon or a shocking image can spur us into action, experts say.
Whatever your favourite colour, using it in your home will create a space that’s truly yours, and that’s great for your mental health.
Paint companies have created unique shades for the coming year, tones that evoke optimism in a world of uncertainty and comfortable hues that arouse a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives.
Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Colour of the Year is stunning Red Hot. Associated with total confidence, it’s strong, radiant and full of energy, and make people feel special like given the red-carpet treatment.
Red Hot’s spirited personality turns head, signalling adventure.
Contrary to popular opinion, red is incredibly versatile.
The eye can’t help but follow this bold, show-stopping hue whether used as one note as an accent colour, or on four walls, be it in a modern space or Old World charm home.
Sherwin-Williams’ Oceanside is a balance of blues and greens that can also be found in what’s new and old worldwide.
This tone can boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.
Dulux’s Heart of the Wood is a smokey taupe and dusky mauve shade which colour experts describe as a warm neutral.
It channels a sense of calm and warmth during such times of global uncertainty.
The warmth of wood and tactile comfort of leather generate a sense of harmony that brings a balance or comforting vibe to your interiors.
Behr’s first-ever Colour of the Year is In the Moment. Inspired by nature, this cool, tranquil shade is a soothing, restorative combination of spruce blue, soft grey and nurturing green.
The colour crosses multiple design styles (global, coastal, modern) and pairs well with other subdued hues to create harmony for interiors or exteriors.
Whether you prefer this shade inside or out, both are equally striking.
When used as a bright pop in a mostly dark room, the colour feels calm and formal.
But when paired with white and light neutral wood, it looks vibrant and energetic, which makes for a welcoming statement on the exterior of a home.
Graham & Brown’s colour prediction for 2018 is Penelope, a dusky, pastel pink shade.
It’s seen as one step ahead of the Millennial Pink phenomenon. Penelope’s beautiful tone is uncomplicated, dainty and perfect for the living space.
Chic and neutral, it brings a cheering spring feeling to your home.
Dutch Boy’s colour for 2018 is “greige”, a blend of grey and beige.
For fans of neutrals, the paint brand says this sandstone tint of greige should appeal to the modernist at heart who seeks clean and serene walls yet wishes to elevate from a typical gallery white.
It goes well with some of the trending colours of the moment such as shades of teal and dark blue.
People looking for a backdrop for louder colours will appreciate this new take on greige.
Meanwhile, the Pantone Color Institute’s colour and design predictions for 2018 show there’s something for just about everyone, especially the tech-savvy.
These include iridescence as “the human eye can absolutely not avoid” anything pearlised or translucent.
Another trend will be a movement to intense colours which seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days.
Pantone’s colour predictions also include a palette made up of complementary blue and orange, an eye-catching combination of warm and cool tones; and earthy cornsilk yellow blending with rosy tones, a palette that embraces many different cultures.
Another colour trend is all balanced with black and gold for that feel of power and sophistication.
If you love decorating in black, consider painting concrete floors black for a minimalist but welcoming aesthetic.
According to design psychologists, there are a lot of stressful things going on in the world, so it isn’t a shock that millennials gravitate towards darker colours.
Even so, black still has plenty of positive associations like elegance and formality.
You can include it in your décor like having the darkest colour in the room at your feet and the lightest colours overhead. This has proven to make people feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Among Pantone’s other colour predictions are vegetal hues symbolic of health such as celery, berry-infused purple and eggshell blue.
And as a nod to technology, there are bright turquoise, pink and purple anchored with brilliant white and frosted almond.