Warm and saturated hues lead the new colour trends!

Just like in fashion, colours in interior design run in trends, and that is a good thing. Much like in fashion, colour trends in interiors allow us to design, furnish, and accent spaces in hues that are readily available in the marketplace. If not for that, it would be impossible for the consumer to find a pair of shoes or scarf to match an outfit, and equally difficult for the homeowner to find toss pillows and a throw to accent their room.

You may have noticed that home decor has pulled away from the grey that has dominated homes and decor magazines for the past ten or so years. We could not be happier about that. Having said that, the colours in interiors have taken an unexpected turn toward what seems at first glance to be a blast from the 70s. Warm golds, greens (think harvest gold and avocado appliances), but they are being introduced in a new fresh way.

First, a look at how the pros pick a neutral colour

Whether it is paint, fabric, or the background of a wall covering, neutrals can be tricky to read. Really tricky. Enter the designer’s best friend, Maria Killam’s innovative colour wheel and we can easily read the undertones of your hard and soft materials and specify the perfect paint colour to complement your home.

Here’s a peek.

colour-wheel | Maria Killam

Below you can see how helpful it is to read undertones of fabric when selecting a paint colour. It is equally effective for reading the neutrals in a countertop material, area rugs, and complex patterns. The goal is to determine whether your selection (carpet, fabric, stone, etc.) has a neutral, cool, or warm undertone befor selecting a paint colour to complement it. The cool undertones lean toward grey, blue, green, and violet. Warmer undertones lean toward gold, yellow, pink beiges, and taupe sits nicely in the middle.

Colour wheel with fabric swatches showing undertones

Neutrals will still have a place, and important place but here’s a look at the new colours just in! These will really liven up a space.

fan deck of paint colour sample boards matching the colours in a fabric print with nature scene

Here’s a pretty master bedroom scheme we put together recently for a client using this new palette inspiration. Almost any of the new hues would be lovely for this room.

Master bedroom inspiration board showing fabrics and where they will be used

Below are some of the new colour boards we just recieved. I can’t tell you how important it is to have a large sized sample when picking a paint colour. We have professional size paint samples (11″ x 14″) for the most popular paint colours used and bring them to every colour consultation. It really gives confidence when the paint colour needs to be just right – which is basically every time!

Green is a big player this year…

Fanned collection of muted green paint colorus

Muted blues and greens make a great backdrop for a cozy room.

fanned array of muted blues, cream, and blush

Gold and russet tones are welcome for the fall!

fanned collection of warm golds, and rusts

If you are not quite won over to the warmer side of the colour palette, here’s what Pottery Barn is showing for inspiration pictures.

My standard disclaimer: Please note, some of these items may be offered through affiliate links which means I could get a small commission if you order. That will never influence what I find lovely and want to share with you. I always offer suggestions I would buy for my home or recommend to a client. Also, rest assured it won’t affect the price you would otherwise pay.

Pottery barn vignette of fluffy cream chair and throw next to a fireplace
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tan gold and cognac colour scheme in a living room setting from Pottery Barn
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Probably the biggest influence leading this colour shift is the emergence of cognac in upholstery and accents. A cognac leather sofa is as timeless as any neutral and pairs beautifully with this new palette.

Grey with cognac upholstery in a modern living room scene from Pottery Barn
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Cognac leather with navy accents in a seating grouping from Pottern Barn
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It took me a while to come around to the new colour trends palette, but I love the sophistication of mixing warm with cool hues. This nuanced palette elevates the result from the harvest gold and avocado green from the 70s to a new level. We are excited to get you started.

Book a colour consultation here if you need help!

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