Colour Trends

Trend : Coloured Skirting Boards

Dulux Livingroom in purple with white skirting

Image c/o Dulux

When it comes to cutting edge interior design, one of the absolutely last things that will probably spring to mind is skirting boards. In fact, in my mind skirting boards are pretty boring and a bit of a non-entity. I rarely ever notice them and can’t say I’ve even thought of them much. They did briefly cross my mind when I was painting my hallway a couple of years ago. I noticed that ours have so many thick layers of gloss paint on them and I mentioned to my dad that I’d like to replace them. But he said there is a risk that removing them might rip the plaster off the wall so it could turn into a much bigger job. And that was the last time I thought about skirting boards. Until now, that is. I’ve been noticing a bit of a new trend when it comes to skirting boards. They’re not boring anymore. We’re used to seeing skirting boards similar to those in the picture above, aren’t we? Painted with pristine white gloss no matter what the wall colour. Have you ever been into a home that doesn’t have white or, at a push, natural wood coloured skirting boards? I know I haven’t. But in the last year or so I have been noticing a change of approach in the way that interior designers and paint companies are treating the humble skirting board.  Read More…

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity

Every year since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on colour, has announced its colour of the year. In order to decide which colour will represent the given year, the colour experts comb the world looking for the colour influences which best define the global zeitgeist. They look to the worlds of entertainment, film, travel, the arts, economics, fashion, jewelry, technology, industrial design, sports and politics. Back in 2011, I interviewed Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and one of those tasked with the job of determining the colour of the year and she told me how they go about deciding it. You can read the interview with Leatrice Eiseman here. This year, for the first time ever, Pantone has selected the blending of two shades as Pantone colour of the year 2016 : Rose Quartz and Serenity.   Read More…

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