2018 Colour Trends for your Home


I have a really weird obsession with trends. I follow them very closely and I love to write about them and drool over them in magazines and on blogs and on Pinterest. However, I don’t always buy into them and bring them into my own home. Not unless I deem them to have longevity and I know I won’t go off them in a matter of months. Sometimes, I even find that I’m even ahead of the trends. For example, I painted my living room green at the end of 2013, a number of years before green became such a huge trend and culminated in being Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017. I intend to keep my living room green despite the fact that new colours have now come onto the scene and I find it extremely harmonious and it helps me to feel balanced. On the contrary, when indigo was announced as Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2013, I jumped right on that trend. Navy blue has always been my favourite colour so this was a great trend for me to follow. I painted our bedroom dark blue in early 2014 and I have no intention of changing that either as I love it and I find it really calming and restful, not to mention cosy. I think I have a pretty good approach to trends. I follow the ones I love, and ignore the ones I don’t. But I do like to share all kinds of trends with you guys, even if I won’t be following them myself. They may not be for me, but you may love them. So that’s why today I decided to do a little round up of 2018 colour trends. Here are some of the colours that have been selected as Colour of the Year for 2018. Let’s see what we think of these and whether we will be jumping on the bandwagon or nonchalantly watching it drive past.
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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…

Colour Psychology: Using Green in Interiors

Well, it’s that time again! Time to welcome back the fabulous applied colour psychology expert that is Karen Haller. Karen and I started our Colour Psychology column exactly two years ago to the day and I am happy to report that the posts are still as popular as they were when we started. I know that colour is a pretty tricky thing to get right and many of us lack confidence when incorporating it into our own homes and interior design schemes. But hopefully Karen’s insights into colour psychology can help us all gain a better understanding of how and why to choose colours and what combinations to use them in for best effect. For this instalment we have opted to examine green, and there are two reasons for this: Firstly, because I am loving green right now and secondly because green is the colour of the year for 2013, according to the Pantone Colour Institute. So without further ado, let’s hear what Karen has to teach us about the colour psychology of using green in interiors.

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Contemporary Wall Art from Pantone

Contemporary Wall Art from Pantone

For those of you who love colour and are fans of the Pantone Colour Institute, I thought you might appreciate these contemporary wall art canvases. Based on the renowned colour system that has been used by designers for the past 45 years as the most reliable way to match colour, these canvases are produced by art publishing company, Artbrand, based on an exclusive license deal with Pantone Universe.

The ready-to-hang and highly collectible Classic range of prints  (25cm x 30cm) are available in a collection of 12 Pantone colours, whilst the limited edition Pantone Universe art collection (150cm x 100cm) is available in a choice of four Pantone Colours.

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Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2011

A few weeks ago I interviewed Leatrice Eiseman, colour expert and executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, for INSIDE, the monthly newsletter produced by WAN Interiors. I asked her all about her prediction for colour of the year 2011,  her advice on how best to use this new hue and how she goes about deciding which colour will be crowned ‘Colour of the Year’.


Leatrice Eiseman


Every year, Pantone, the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries, announces its Colour of the Year. Last year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise carried the colour crown and served as an escape for many, but according to the experts over at Pantone, 2011 is all about PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a vibrant, energetic and festive shade of pink. This brave, bold and confident colour is stimulating and uplifting, encouraging us to face our problems head on with verve and vigour. Leatrice Eiseman is an internationally renowned colour expert and in her role as executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, she is one of those tasked with the job of determining the Colour of the Year. Here, she gives us an insight into Pantone’s most recent prediction and gives her advice on how to best use this trendy hue in interiors.

Q. How do you go about deciding which colour will be your Colour of the Year each year and how far in advance does this work start?

We start looking at influences in the preceding September. We question people about their hopes, aspirations and concerns for the future. We look at fashion, films in production, buzzwords, art collections for the future, socio-economic issues, we conduct studies, and we look at other studies and surveys. Because we construct a long-term forecast, we know well ahead of time where colours will be going. I also travel extensively internationally, delivering presentations at various shows and I get much of my information from that.

Q. In what ways do your announcements influence the interior design scene and the work of interior designers?

Many interior designers and product designers watch our forecasts for inspiration and direction.

Q. Why is it important to make these announcements annually? Why can the same colour not be colour of the year for two or three years running?

If you have the same colour, there is no sense of newness and many people get bored or disinterested if nothing new catches their eye. There needs to be something ‘fresh’ in the marketplace to keep the consumer’s interest. They might not opt to use the ‘new’ colour, but it still attracts attention.

Q. How can interior designers, architects and manufacturers of interior products get the most out of your annual colour announcements?

Mostly by seeing how the colours are combined. If a client already has gray, for example, a different kind of combination than what they have used before is seen as interesting and enables them to continue to use colours from another year.

Q. How important is it in interior design to choose colours that are appropriate for the tasks that will be carried out in a given location?

Very important. Colour is always a matter of context: how and where it might be used. If a trend colour is inappropriate for a specific space or location or the client simply does not like the colour, then it should not be used.

Q. You recently announced that the Colour of the Year for 2011 is Honeysuckle Pink. What are the main characteristics of this colour?

It is uplifting, dynamic and engages the other senses of scent and taste.

Q. What areas or rooms in the home are best suited for the use of Honeysuckle Pink and what are your suggestions for using this colour successfully in the home?

I think that depends on the client. If they are more open to colour, it can be used in any room and it doesn’t have to be just in minor touches. Everyone today knows that a painted wall is often the easiest to create and can be changed quickly when they tire of it. And it is one of the least expensive things to do.

Q. How would you suggest using Honeysuckle Pink in a commercial setting?

Again, this depends on the context. If the industry or setting is for a ‘glamour industry’ like cosmetics, or for a salon, it can be used more extensively. Likewise in hotels, in food service and certainly for children in hospital settings. But touches can also be used in art work, pillows, patterns, art or carpet design and in many other settings.

Pantone notebooks

I have to admit to a guilty secret here…I am a secret stationery geek! Ever since I was young I have absolutely adored stationery and there was no better time for me than the first week back at school after the summer holidays. Going shopping to buy all those new notepads and pens was one of my favourite times of year.

Even now, the smell and touch of a brand new notebook is one of my favourite things. The only problem is I don’t really like writing in new notebooks, which probably explains why I have drawers and drawers of blank notebooks in my house just waiting to be written in. I think it’s because an empty notebook holds so much potential, just think of all the interesting, amazing, inspirational things it could contain. I personally find that my notebooks never live up to my expectations, which is why I like to keep them in this raw, unused state – to preserve the potential.

Moleskins are obviously high up on my list of favourite notebooks, but I recently discovered these Pantone notebooks from W2 Products. I guess I’ll need to find a drawer to keep them all in.

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