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Colour Trends for 2019

Colour is a powerful driver of emotion and behaviour, and can respond to the world around us.

The paint colours for 2019 released by leading paint companies Jotun, Dulux, Farrow & Ball, are pointing towards peoples need for peace. With all the anxiety and unrest in the world people are seeking calmness and a connection to nature. “When life is tough people often crave the comfort of nostalgia” according to Joa Studholmes colour creator of Farrow & Ball.

The harsh greys of 2017/2018 that has been splattered all over Pinterest are on their way out, replaced by calmer earthy neutrals and warmer tones.


Photo: Courtesy of Jotun

Jotun have released three colour stories for 2019, Calm, Refined and Raw. The new 28 colours are dedicated to modern urban lifestyles and represent three stories about different personalities and mindset.

The Calm palette is composed of shades of peach and muted pink used often in combination with neutral warm tones. The Refined Palette consists of yellow and green shades and harmonious accent colours. The Raw pallet consists of warm earthy colours, neutral shades, with a sense of nature and the rustic.

The Dulux colour for 2019 is Spiced Honey, chosen as a nod to the unsettling nature of 2018, to reenergise our homes for the year ahead. The colour is said to represent a new sense of optimism and resilience.

However, to counter all those earthy neutrals there is still the added pop of intense colour.


Photo: Courtesy of Jotun

PPG have selected a deep luxurious green for their colour of 2019 called Night Watch selected by the team of experts to coincide with the global theme of people’s desire to be more closely connected to nature.

Also the soft Millennial pink is morphing to brighter denser pink tones, Jane Boddy colour director of the trend forecasting agency WGSN predicts that “red and purple will become increasingly popular with the upcoming season, following the high street fashion and some Middle Eastern Decor. The spectrum between red and purple and the hues in between – will be able to satisfy a wide range of tastes and aesthetical searches.” For those that know me well this is music to my ears.

Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019 has been unveiled as Living Coral ,According to the Pantone Color Institute, the colour represents “playful expression,” and our “innate need for optimism.” Living Coral is technically a “coral hue with a golden undertone”—a few shades louder than pink, but softer than red.

“Vibrant yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”


Photo: Courtesy of Pantone Color Institute

Material Trends for 2019

The use of Terrazzo is continuing its influence, and with the advances in technology and new ways of thinking, it is no longer confined to Kitchen, bathroom floors or walls, we are now seeing it in new ways in furniture and Lighting. Joyce Wang Studio have explored the potential of Terrazzo with their furniture and homewares “Flint’ showcased at London design Festival.

“There is a special timeless beauty in using an old material in a new way” said the Joyce Wang Studio.


Photo: Courtesy of Joyce Wang Studio

Sustainability and our Connection to Nature

As we grow increasingly more high-tech savvy by the day, I believe people are still looking for a respite, a connection to something real, tangible. We will continue to see the use of sustainable handmade pieces, in rattan, cork, plywood, recycled or upcycled materials. As a contrast to the smooth screen-based lives, we all live, we are needing these grounding elements to feel more in touch with the earth and our roots. Now more than ever, we are looking at what separates one product, service or company from another. Uniqueness is key, something rare, curated, crafted and authentic.


Photo: Courtesy of Joyce Wang Studio

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