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Colour Trends 2018

For our second instalment of 2018, we thought we’d jump in to give a round up of colour trends for this year from some of the industries heavy hitters.

Last month we gave some advice regarding interior painting tips, so this month we thought we could provide you with some insight into selecting the right colour. We have just launched the first in a series of HighTower makeover competitions, so it has been great finding out some of this years latest colour trends. The competition is titled “The Big Living Room Makeover”, and is running until March 4th, 2018. Click the following link to find out how to enter this great competition!!!

If the last 4 weeks has shown us anything, its that the New Year gives us that craving for change. Our social media accounts are full of ‘New Year, New Me’ promises. Although, this is normally in reference to giving up junk food and making a commitment to start going to the gym.

Here at Hightower, we choose to take a different approach on how to embrace that expression. What better way to feel energised and refreshed, than to let yourself be immersed in a refreshing, feel good environment. With that in mind, there’s no better place to start implementing this than right in your own home. Nobody likes a stagnant feeling, and lets face it, that room you have been promising to give a facelift portrays just that.

Now that we have decided to take the plunge, one of the first daunting hurdles to overcome is deciding on a colour option or palette. The principles we use when dressing ourselves can translate easily to those we use when dressing a room. That is why we feel its important to know some of the current colour trends and fashions doing the rounds. These colour trends help to make an informed decision, even if you decide to go completely against the grain.

There’s a new minimalist color palette in town, and it doesn’t involve grey

Out of the countless articles we have covered, it seems that most agree that 2018 is the year of colour. Elle Decour go as far as to say that “There’s a new minimalist color palette in town, and it doesn’t involve grey”.  When we break colour down to its core, you cannot deny that Pantone is at the heart of colour schemes. With that in mind, its worth starting with what Pantone have to say on the matter.

Pantone Colour Trends

Pantone Colour Trends Spring 2018
Photo Credit: Pantone

Pantone suggest that filling your home with vibrant colours shouldn’t be considered a design risk this year. They predict in-your-face colours like Lime Punch, Arcadia and Ultra Violet will be hits this year. Most noteworthy, these can be complemented by softer colours like Chili Oil and Pink Lavender. This can be seen in their pantone fashion colour trend report for spring 2018.  Furthermore Pantone mention that neutral metallics are to be no longer seen as a dramatic colour choice. They should be part of the “new neutrals” for 2018. Pantone also suggest the use of colours with plenty of personality. We are asked to “Think Yellow” and to embrace “gender neutral” colours.

Dulux Colour Trends

Moving on from Pantone, Dulux Paint categorises their colour trends for 2018 into 5 categories. Those five categories are balance, kinship, essential, escapade, and reflect.

The main points that can be taken from the colour choices of Dulux Paint, is that an overwhelming trend for decor in 2018 appears to be creating tech-free sanctuaries. In our world, technology at present keeps everyones head buried in their phone or table. For this reason, dulux are promoting colours that immediately make you feel more at peace. They encourage us to “Balance the complex challanges of everyday life”. How do we incorporate this into interior design? Bruce Summers advices us to

  • “Link your interior spaces with the outdoors by choosing soft green tones and warm neutrals inspired by nature.”
  • “Add accents of charcoal or black to your calm colour palette to create moments of visual interest”

Link your interior spaces with the outdoors by choosing soft green tones and warm neutrals inspired by nature.” – Bruce Summers

Dulux are promoting colours with earthy hues, along with colours that are both deep and moody. Additionally they suggest to be bold with colour schemes. Contemplate combining these colours with dark ceilings and black furniture. Furthermore you can go about offsetting rich colours with a complimentary neutral, and combining with patterns, embroidery, fringing and tasseled furnishings. They also suggest to pull colours from your favourite artwork, and push the fact that “Yellow is like Magic”. They advise us to use it as an accent colour to make the other colours in the room pop. Glints of metallic can also be used for this effect.

PPG Colour Trends

PPG categorised their colour trends for 2018 into 4 main themes – The Retreater, The Dream Weaver, The COMMoner, and The Brave. ‘The Dream Weaver’ theme resembles a similar palate to that of the Pantone Spring 2018 palette. They use words like ‘rebellion’, ‘brave’, and ‘loud’,  although one can’t help but feel it has a slightly softer and less edgy feel to it. This softer feel is definitely a consistent approach across the other 3 themes too.The use of delicate pastels, non organic naturals, and stone grey colours is obvious. Paler yellows are used in contrast to the bright yellows and gold mentioned by pantone.

PPG do however stick with deep earthy colours and talk about simplicity and minimal lifestyle. This is definitely in keeping with the tech-free sanctuary ethos mentioned above. A final point to take into consideration is that they are also not afraid to include dark walls ,patterns, and combine black furniture with any of the colour palettes.

Colour of the Year Choices

To finish off our article, we felt that there is no batter way to summarise than to inform you of each of the “Colour of the Year” choices from Pantone, Dulux, and PPG. Although all of the colours described below are very different, they have something in common. There is a similar thought process behind them. Each is a good example of how a colour can reflect the world, it’s newest trends and cultural climate. In times of uncertainty, these colours offer shelter, calmness and inspiration in a hectic world.

Which Colour of the Year will you choose?

PANTONE – Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet Pantone Pain decor
Photo Credit: Elle Decor

Pantone’s Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet, also described as a provocative and thought provoking shade.

From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come. – Beatrice Wiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute


Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the Pantone Colour Institute, said: “The Pantone colour of the year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” 

Pantone feel that there is so much excitement in what lies ahead of us, and what discoveries we will soon make. Ultra Violet embraces the future, and gives us the inspiration to “pursue a world outside of our own”.

Pantone Colour Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology and emotion of colour in their design strategy. Pantone’s panel take into account trends in fashion, interior design, and technology. They also gather insight and consumer behaviour to determine the colour they feel is most reflective of our needs in todays society. With all this information gathered, the experts feel we are needing some creative inspiration.

DULUX – Heart Wood

Dulux colour of the year - Heart Wood
Photo Credit: Dulux

Dulux’s, colour of the year is the nurturing Heart Wood. Heart Wood offers us a feeling of calmness and serenity. It aims to provide us with a place to unwind and switch off, and we think it does just that. This colour gives a distinct feeling of “welcome home” with it’s neutral characteristics. It has the ability to create that calm and cosy feeling that many desire, or even that energetic look that others may strive for.

‘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. We can’t wait to see homes across the globe transformed into true sanctuaries.’ – Rebecca Williamson, senior colour and design expert

Dulux’s colour of the year is picked by a panel of experts. Taking into account global trends and customer insights to understand how these impact our lives. They then use this insight and analysis to pick the colour they feel best reflects our needs, and the cultural climate we are in for 2018.

PPG – Black Flame

Black Flame - PPG colour of the year
Photo Credit: PPG

In contrast to Dulux Heart Wood, PPG have announced that their colour of the year is Black Flame. Black Flame acts like a black curtain, allowing your other decor elements to take centre stage. It gives us a feeling of privacy, and provides us with the silence and escape we need in this information-heavy world.

Black creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while the Indigo offers possibility and a deep hopefulness” – Dee Schlotter, Senior Colour Marketing Manager, PPG

PPG have a panel of over 20 colour stylists from around the world, all from varying industries including architectural and automotive. Again, from consumer insight and analysis, they pick the colour they feel best reflects the external elements of a persons life and what we are craving most. They have decided it is silence and privacy we need, and I can’t say we disagree.

Anyone else going to make the bold statement of Black Flame in their house? We are definitely tempted.

So you are now aware of this years colour trends and ‘Colour of the Year’ picks. Now all that’s left is choosing the perfect colour or colours that will suit your home. Thankfully with the help of our HighTower Painting Tripod System, you can let the rest be hassle free.


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