Our Design Director Mike Stephen introduces the colours he expects to see adorning homes in 2019.
“This year colour in the home is both surprising and uplifting. The experts at Dulux heralded a shift towards ‘positivity, purpose and transformation’ when they announced the inviting tone of Spiced Honey as their colour of the year for 2019. Shortly after, Pantone followed suit, with a cheerful coral hero shade that’s set to bring warmth and happiness to homeowners.
“These confident statements from key trend forecasters mark a shift towards optimism within home décor. And it’s translating as bold and unusual use of colour (think dark hues with energetic pops of colour) and rich, warming colourways – warmth will be present even at the colder end of the colour spectrum.”
Here are Mike’s colour predictions for 2019:
Dark vs Bright
“This colour combination is a tale of extremes – opposites will attract as vivid brights combine with dark, moody hues.
“Colours within this theme are intense and contrasting yet the overall look is harmonious,” says Mike. “Petrol blue, aubergine, black and deepest grey with a hint of warmth form dark monochromatic backgrounds, enlivened by pops of vibrant colour. Exotic jewel tones, spiced yellows and luxuriant metallics work particularly well.”
Coral and Blue
“I love Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year – it radiates warmth and vibrancy. It’s a much-needed pick me up after an unsteady year and of course it looks brilliant on window blinds – especially when the light shines through.
That said, creating a room scheme around Living Coral is more of a challenge than with neutral shades. For me it’s best as an accent on window blinds or key pieces within a room.
So what is the best colour match for Living Coral?
“Greys and neutrals all work well,” says Mike. “A classic peaches and cream colour combination is effortlessly stylish but for me, coral and blue is the winning combination. The colours mix beautifully and can be found in nature – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.”
Rich, warming colourways are a hot trend for 2019, when even the coolest of colours (blue and grey) carrying a warming undertone. Grey, it appears, has finally had its day, making way for caramel, taupe and butterscotch base colours.
Metallic vs Matt
Metallics offer an enduring look for homes and can be updated in 2019 when juxtaposed with matt finishes. Textured surfaces are enhanced with metallic shine that adds to the multi-layered look. 2019’s metallics aren’t just limited to traditional golds, silver, brass and copper colourways – shimmering teal, pink and lilac will add further lustre to rooms.
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Our experts here at Apollo Blinds have chosen the best window blinds for Pantone’s 2019 hero shade and offer advice on how to select colours to complement Living Coral using colour theory.
Advice from Design Director, Mike Stephen:
I love 2019’s colour of the year – it radiates warmth and vibrancy – and it works well as a window blind fabric, especially when the light shines through. That said, creating a room scheme around Living Coral is more of a challenge than with neutral shades. For me it’s best as an accent on window blinds or key pieces within a room.
There are some brilliant colour matches for Living Coral and there’s a reason why certain colour combinations will work better than others. The secret to getting it right lies in colour theory.
Using Colour Theory to Create the Perfect Scheme
Sometimes we stumble upon colour combinations that just go – two colours that either complement, clash to create impact, or work in perfect harmony with one another.
Trained artists and interior designers learn the many multi-faceted strands of colour theory, so they understand how to place colours together to create mood or impact.
When decorating a room it helps to know the basics as a basis for creating harmonious, tonal or complementary colour schemes within the home.
The Colour Wheel
The colour wheel is a visual representation of how the three primary colours are mixed with one another to create secondary and tertiary colours, along with how white will affect varying tones of the same colour.
Depending on where they appear in the wheel, colours can then be described as Tonal, Complementary or Harmonious.
CORAL AND BLUE – Living Coral’s Complementary Colour
Complementary colours sit opposite one another on the colour wheel and are often seen in nature (meaning they naturally complement one another).
Coral and blue are a vibrant duo. The colours mix beautifully because they are complementary colours that mirror nature – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.
Duette Blinds (prices start at £163), Roller Blinds (prices start at £77), Vertical blinds (prices start at £88), Venetian blinds (prices start at £81), pleated blinds (prices start at £87).
Other Colour Wheel Combinations
Harmonious Colours – These colours sit next to each other on the colour wheel. Choose colours of similar intensity from the colour wheel to balance this look and ensure that one colour does not dominate the room.
Roller blinds by Apollo Blinds, prices start at £77
Tonal Schemes – Using one colour from the wheel in varying tones throughout a room. My tip here would be to introduce pattern into the room on window blinds or soft furnishings to add depth and interest.
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