Dulux Colour Futures identifies one hero paint colour that is relevant in homes around the world. This year’s colour is Heart Wood, a beautiful warm pink chosen by the colour specialists at Dulux Global Aesthetic Centre.
Sitting between a smoky taupe and dusky mauve, Heart Wood is described as a ‘warm neutral, with a hint of heather,’ and comes at a time when homeowners yearn to transform their homes into true sanctuaries.
The colour for 2018 is 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.
The soft, neutral and complementary colour is the perfect paint shade to use across your home. The nourishing warmth of wood and tactile comfort of leather create a sense of harmony, bringing a real balance to your living space.
Dulux developed the colour of the year alongside a matching colour palette and key colour predictions for 2018, as part of the brand’s industry-acclaimed trend forecast, ColourFutures.
They’ve highlighted a trend that reflects the importance of cosy wooden tones, and since blue remains so fundamental (Denim Drift was the 2017 Dulux Colour of the Year), the colour collection flows beautifully from this year into next.
Dulux’s trend predictions sit under the theme of ‘A Welcome Home’ — the idea that our homes are becoming a place to shut the door on the outside world and step into a place that is uniquely ours.
Rebecca Williamson, senior colour and design expert, said, “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.”
Calm or cosy, energetic or relaxed — the feel of your home can be transformed by Heart Wood in different ways. Dive deeper into Dulux Colour of the Year’s four complementary colour palettes for 2018 to find the mood and style that suits you.
Note that these colours are very different from Dulux’s 2018 Balance theme.
The Modern Home
A Welcome Home is a Heart Wood home. This is where you feel instantly at ease, surrounded by the gentle grey-pink tones of Heart Wood.
The nourishing warmth of wood and tactile comfort of leather add to the sense of harmony.
The Heart Wood Home palette reflects this versatility, with soft cocoa flowing into bolder shades of ink blue and purple.
The Comforting Home
The Comforting Home combines warm woods, leather, silk and velvet to create a space that you want to touch and sink into.
Rich, welcoming interiors offer you a restorative embrace and are filled with deep colors, such as terracotta, generously layered with textures.
The Comforting Home palette encourages cocooning and re-setting — warm earth tones bring a sense of comfort, while clay and blush pink help calm the mind and soothe the senses.
The Inviting Home
The Inviting Home can be your den to snuggle in, your nest to grow in, your camp in which to create memories.
Comfort and convenience reign supreme in the Inviting Home. The Inviting Home palette is for those who seek to bond with the people that matter to them most.
Cool shades of blue encourage a clear-headed approach to life, while easy-going neutrals and sea-green support the need for connection.
The Playful Home
The Playful Home can be your hub to recharge in, your space to create and dream in.
There is a sense of energy with vibrant color focal points and plants hanging from walls. With the Playful Home palette consumers can create a space that is invigorating and full of life.
Yellow-toned green and gold help spark the synapses and encourage a creative approach to life.
Where does Heart Wood fall in the spectrum of the other 2018 Colours of the Year announced thus far?
Which is your favourite?