Dulux announced their selection of Colour of the Year 2018 last September; a combination of dusky mauve and smoky taupe dubbed Heart Wood. The name of this shade really captures the spirit behind the selection of this year’s colour; warmth, naturality, comfort and safety.
Your Home Is Your Sanctuary
Described by Dulux as a “warm neutral, with a hint of heather”, Heart Wood and its accompanying palette will help turn your home into a sanctuary. Rebecca Williamson, the brand’s senior colour and design expert says “Dulux’s colour of the year for 2018, Heart Wood, is incredibly versatile, and connects beautifully with the accompanying trend palettes for the year ahead. Providing the comfort and reassurance we’re all seeking, it’s the perfect antidote to the mood of the moment – channeling a real sense of calm and warmth during such times of uncertainty.”
This year’s choices follow the theme of “A Welcome Home”; the idea of turning the place we live into a haven from the busy world outside, a refuge we can escape to that is truly ours. Featured in the palette revealed by Dulux are ten colours; Pink Parchment; Blossom Tree; Woven Willow; Fallen Burr; Rose Bark; Blackberry Bush; Wooded Solace; Sapphire Salute; Pine Cone; and finally Heart Wood itself.
These shades highlight the current trend for gaining inspiration from nature; warmth, comfort and security are also prominent motifs. Dulux say the palette and its headliner Heart Wood were ”inspired by the beautifully warm wooden materials we see being used in all kinds of interior decorating and architecture. A variety of woods are growing in popularity, but we see a tendency towards warmer, light and dark shades of red, alongside violet and pinkish woods. The warmth of wood reflects the comfort that we need in these uncertain times – this material is an essential element for creating the welcoming environments we desire.”
At Home With Heart Wood
Create a soothing, healing vibe in your home by combining Heart Wood with dark purple shades and Graham & Brown’s Colour of the Year 2018, Penelope.
Team with rich wood, black leather and brushed copper to maximise the effect of Heart Wood’s warm tones.
Use a combination of Heart Wood with grey and teal to give any room a refreshing, up to date look.
Invite nature into your home with dried flowers and vibrant, lush greenery, and underline the botanical inspiration behind the colours.
Just because a new year has arrived, bringing with it exciting new trends and colours, that’s never a reason to just throw out everything from past years; as Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director has said “In the end, everybody has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to colour. I don’t think a trend should ever supersede colours that you really, really love. If you love them then you need to find a way to use them, and what I say about colour all the time, if you love a colour, it will love you back.”
This is especially applicable during our transition from Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2017, Denim Drift. Blue remains incredibly important this year, as evidenced by the appearance of Sapphire Salute on the selection of complementary colours this year. So it’s not the end of blue! Maintain your love affair by combining Heart Wood with rich, royal blue; dusky navy; pale eggshell blue; or even a blue-toned purple.
Still curious about what to expect in 2018? Explore Pantone’s trending colours 2018 and stay ahead of the curve. If you’ve chosen your shades now, have a look at these tips to help you decorate a room in a day so you can get started adjusting the colours in your sanctuary.