Building Your Home | 11 January 2018

Introducing feature colours: The do’s and dont's

by Carlisle Homes

With Pantone’s announcement of the 2018 Colour of the Year, it’s time to dust off the styling rule book and review the do’s and don’ts of introducing vibrant colours into your new home.

The 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet- a bright and regal shade of purple. As the world-renowned authority on colour, Pantone provides standardised colour matching and a referencing palette for universal use in design, style and print. Each year, a new colour is announced that encapsulates modern trends but also acts as a reflection of the current state of the world.

This year’s bright selection was inspired by the need for thoughtfulness, reflection and looking towards the future. With such meaning behind the selection of this colour, it’s the perfect tone to bring into your home to introduce a soulful pop of colour.

colour-1(source: Pantone)

Introducing Ultra-Violet might seem intimidating at first, which is why our Interior Design Manager, Danielle Taylor, has shared her tried and tested tips on incorporating feature colours in your home

1.  Find your neutral base
When selecting finishes for your home, opt for a neutral palette that can adapt to changing trends. Floor coverings, wall colour and even investment furnishings such as your sofa, work best when kept as neutral and timeless as possible. Focus on using tones of cream, sand or even earthy mushroom for your structural and investment pieces. Try to keep vibrant features for easily interchangeable items such as cushions, throw rugs and artwork.

colour2A neutral base colour palette comes to life with touches of Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year. As displayed at the Crompton at Aurora Estate, Wollert.

2.  Find the perfect pairings
When working with bright colours such as Ultra Violet, it’s important to consider how to blend the look within the space. Be mindful of the colours and textures that you pair with bright tones to ensure the room is easy on the eye.

3.  Easy Does It
Use subtle pops of colour to add a sense of personality and fun to your room. Less is more when it comes to introducing bright colours. You’ll be surprised how much impact a cushion or two can have on the look and feel of a room. The occasional use of a feature colour throughout a room will tie the look together without being overpowering.

colour3Pops of blue have been paired with lush fabrics and a neutral palette to create a well-blended space at the Tennyson display at Elements, Truganina.

4.  Keep it Classy
When experimenting with colour in your home, there is a fine line between adding character and going over the top. Keep your home grounded with classy black features to offer a contrast against bold feature tones. Black is very much an essential ingredient to add definition and like white, it compliments majority of colours.

colours4Black adds definition to crisp whites and oozes sophistication in the Sorrento on display at Aurora Estate, Wollert.

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