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Trending colours of 2017

Its always a good idea to plan ahead, especially if when it comes to a big job such as redecorating your home or office. As we’re heading towards the latter half of 2016, it time to start considering what trends we are going to see dominating the coming year. The paint colour that you use to decorate a room has a massive effect on the general feeling and atmosphere, so it is very important to plan it carefully in conjunction with the other decor. Here is a sneak peak into the trending colours that we can expect to see emerging in 2017. To give both sides of the pound mutual benefit we have used one American and one English manufacturer.  Behr and Farrow and Ball. To make life a little easier, Behr have arranged their trending colours into three different themes, ‘Comfortable’, ‘Composed and ‘Confident’. This makes it easy to mix and match colours with the guarantee that they will not clash. In addition, Farrow and Ball have also created an inspiration page, so that you can view their tending colours for 2017 online to create a picture of what they might look like in your own home.


The Comfortable Palette

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This palette contains a beautiful range of trending colours of a pastel nature that can described as feminine and endearing. These light colours are ideal for first time decorators, as while they are lovely and bright, they are not intimidatingly bold. Their softness also makes them perfect for decorating smaller spaces, as they will open up the room making it seem airy and spacious.

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The Composed Palette

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This palette is a little more sophisticated. Its deep, earthy tones are set to make any large room feel intimate and warm, but should avoid being used in smaller rooms, as these trending colours might make a small space feel cramped and dark. This palette provides a modern day kick to traditional hues, and is sure to create a new spark for you as we enter 2017.

The Confident Palette

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This palette is a burst of freshness. With its gorgeous display of bright and bold colours, the confident palette creates a fun, playful atmosphere, whilst also maintaining a stylish sense of maturity. The depth of these trending colours means that they can be used in a variety of spaces whether they are large or small, creating an adventurous and dramatic feel to your home or office.

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For more inspiration, see the pictures displayed below, and see how these different hues can be combined to create a statement in your own home or office.

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Dining Room Inspiration

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As described by Farrow and ball, the dinning room is  the ‘theatre’ of the home, a vibrant and lively place where everyone can come together at the end of the day or if your entertaining guests. If your dining area is particularly large, it can be lovely to use strong, rich colours to create a dramatic and warm atmosphere. Using their display rooms, Farrow and Ball have introduced hues that they have named Brinjal, Calke Green and Railings, which they believe work incredibly well in large rooms to create a more intimate space, particularly if your dining area is often lit by candlelight. With the use of candles, the vibrance of these velvety tones is intensified to produce a cosy yet sophisticated feel.

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If your looking to create a more informal, everyday feel, yet still maintain a sense of elegance and style, Farrow and Ball suggest instead that it is good to consider using stronger hues to line the room, rather than as the prominent feature. This can be done by painting the floor in bolder tones like Radicchio, Pelt or Mole’s Breath, to add vibrant colour without dominating the space. You could also consider layering the neutrals to give the scheme real depth. Try Slipper Satin on walls with Hardwick White woodwork, and Pigeon on the chairs. Add some pattern to this scheme by using Brocade BP3208 or Yukutori BP4303 on a feature wall, or even as a table runner.

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Living Room Inspiration

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A living room should be a place of comfort, where you and your family can relax and unwind after a long day. Farrow and Ball therefore suggest that you should avoid using harsh, manic colours, and instead create a room that promotes a calming atmosphere  using warm hues, such as Terre D’Egypte, India Yellow, or London Clay.

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If you find that even these colours are too bold and a little too imposing, you can also create a light and airy space using lighter colours on the walls. For a fresh look, Farrow and Ball suggest to try paring soft colours like Pale Powder or Calluna with darker shades of green and purple, like Chappell Green and Brassica. This use of contrast will make the colour on the walls appear lighter, whilst also creating an interesting aesthetic design.

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Kitchen Inspiration

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Due to the fact that we often associate the colour green with nature, it makes this colour a perfect choice to have in the kitchen, especially if you have a garden that the kitchen looks over. Mizzle is a beautiful grey green that could be used on your cupboards to complement a neutral shade on the wall, such as Dimpse. Pigeon is another wonderful and easy to live with colour; darker than Mizzle but with the same calm, grey properties it’s ideal for painting a kitchen island.

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The kitchen is also a brilliant place to add some vibrant, playful colour, as you can also have the addition of white, or neutral coloured appliances to even out the tone. This means that you can use bold hues and create an interesting atmosphere without having to worry about them being a little too striking. This mood can be achieved using Sunny yellows, rich reds, and retro oranges, injecting colour to a place that is too often dominated by less interesting shades.

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If you would like a quick and simple way of updating the look of your kitchen without redoing it entirely, then a brilliant option would be to repaint your cabinets. Using either Estate Eggshell or Full Gloss finishes, you can really inject a fresh burst of life into the space without having to splash out with your savings. These two types of finishes are available in 132 colours, so there is a massive range to choose from. If you want the the kitchen to be centred around the cabinets, Farrow and Ball advise that you choose richer colours like Pelt or Railings. These strong tones, particularly if used on lower level cabinets, will really ground the space and make everything above them seem lighter. For a classic look, paint cabinets London Stone, against Savage Ground walls, or for something more contemporary paint cabinets Strong White against Cornforth White walls.

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Bedroom Inspiration

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The bedroom is a place that should inspire a soothing and relaxed environment to ensure that you enjoy a good nights sleep. In light of this, Farrow and Ball suggest that using hues such as Pale Powder, Teresa’s Green and Green Blue would be perfect at creating this type of feel. The slightly muted shades of French Gray, Light Blue and New White also work really well in creating a soothing effect. Couples are often drawn to Cream (with a hint of yellow for the ladies and a hint of grey for the men). However, for a more feminine feel, you could try painting a bedroom in Calamine with a Cinder Rose ensuite, or for a more masculine room you could use Stiffkey Blue in the bathroom alongside a Skylight bedroom.

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In a similar way to how updating sections of the kitchen can breath in a new lease of life, adding accents of colour in places such as the skirting board or on furniture is another great way to update a bedroom. Choose colours that complement the ones that are already on your walls, but if it is possible, using strong hues such as Churlish Green and Pitch Blue, would be great for adding a burst of colour to rooms that feature a more neutral backdrop.

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bathroom Inspiration

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When it comes to the bathroom, it is very generic for them to be painted using the colour white, or other neutral tones. This is a good tactic to make them appear larger and brighter, but can be incredibly dull. Instead, why not try using a stronger colour on one or two of the walls, leaving the others white so that the colour isn’t too imposing.

For a relaxing bathroom, try using Purbeck Stone. It’s a strong neutral – neither too grey to be edgy and uncomfortable, nor too creamy to feel dated. Combine with two lighter shades, Ammonite and Cornforth White, to create a relaxed and contemporary colour combination.

A popular idea is to paint the underside of a freestanding bath in stronger shades like Pelt or Rectory Red to add a pop colour to off-white bathrooms.

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