Last week saw a big interiors announcement with Dulux presenting ‘Heart Wood’ – a warm neutral with a hint of heather – as the colour of 2018 that’s been chosen by their panel of experts who study global trends to pick the palettes that will shape our choices over the coming year.
You only have look at the impact Greenery (Pantone’s colour of the year 2017) had on us to see this is big news. Not only did the colour take over our homes (read my green interior shopping edit here) but we became obsessed by leaves, jungle and natural world motifs – not to mention plant sales saw a dramatic surge as we brought more botanicals into our homes too. As Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute pointed out, colour trends don’t just evoke a look, they can sum up the global political and cultural mood too: “Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
So what does Heart Wood represent? According to the people from Dulux: ‘As life gets faster, now is the time to choose to press pause. Our home needs to be a place where we can turn down the noise – shut the door on the outside world and step into a place that is uniquely ours. Our home needs to be our sanctuary, a space where we can all look forward to… A Welcome Home.’
And whilst you may be unsure about the slightly feminine dusky mauve colour making an appearance in your home, a similar hue is already appearing on the websites of many of our favourite high street shops like Debenhams, H&M home and M&S Home.
3 ways to introduce a Dulux Heart Wood colour scheme into your home
These 3 combination palettes will bring a different look and emotional feel into every room in your house, proving that Heart Wood is a versatile way to express modern ambience.
1. heart wood + yellows + zesty greens
2. heart wood + inky blues + neutrals
3. heart Wood + cocoa + blush pink
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