Before even deciding on fabrics, curtains, blinds and soft furnishings, one important decision has to be made – the Colour Scheme. The colours you select will affect the entire décor process so it’s important to choose wisely. So what colours are making their mark this year? Pantone, the world’s leading authority on colour, releases fashion colour reports each season and this spring we are seeing influences coming from flowers and travels abroad. Brighter colours are in and are paired with their muted counterparts.
In Pantone’s essential colour palette, there are three blues– a royal blue, light blue and a paler blue and these can be twinned with paler shades or contrasting colours such as bright yellow, pinks or grays –all of which feature in the Pantone predictions. Purple and violet both appear and these and all their corresponding hues from deep aubergine to the palest lilac are set to be a firm favourite this season.
Pairing metallics with natural colours is a direction that can bring glamour to your decor without overdoing things. Think of twinning matte gold with persimmon or silver with traditional white to create a shimmering, eye-catching ambience. Aqua marine can be layered in shades and twinned with peach or pink. For a more organic look, muted shades of beige (Pantone predict their “sand” shade) look great with the addition of one rich tone such as chocolate brown or forest green.
Monochrome can look very striking – white and black perhaps toned down with shades of gray. If that’s just too plain then think of adding one strong colour and make the look a little less stark.
Whatever theme or colour scheme you decide on – remember it is you that has to live with it! Think about how the colours you choose will match existing furniture. Talk to your interior designer, curtain maker or fabric retailer and look at photographs (pinterest is a great place for inspiration). Take swatches and paint colour charts to the room you are decorating and see how they work in situ. Once you decide on your colour scheme you can then begin to plan how to bring those colours into your décor.