This rich, velvety, versatile shade is a staple in interiors during the A/W season, and for good reason. Integrating this moody hue into your space can effortlessly add a touch of drama and sophistication, we’ve pulled together a collection of products to help you tap into this classic trend – check them out below!
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Lali Wide Desk, Mid Grey & Mahogany Red - £599
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Two Burgundy & Gold Garlands - £35.00
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Give the last eighteen months, it should come as little surprise that Dulux has indicated the trend for colour in 2022 will be influenced by fresh starts, hope and optimism and has identified the colour “Bright Skies”, an airy light blue, as the colour for 2022.
Now in its nineteenth year, the paint brand has used its panel of design leaders, fashion commentators, colour experts and environmental influencers to consider what will impact the way we all live and work. This year, the panel gathered online.
The colour experts at Dulux then distilled the results of the research into a single colour - and supporting palettes - that encapsulates 2022's mood.
With millions of people now adopting hybrid home and office working patterns, the panel believed there was a need for a colour that was flexible and open, to empower the new multi-purpose lifestyle.
“Right now, people want to feel revitalised and enjoy the freedoms that are returning to them, to look out and bring in new ideas,” says Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux UK. “What better inspiration can we take than the endless skies around us? It is widely known that nature makes us feel better and taking steps to bring the outside in enhances our sense of wellbeing. So whether we are working or relaxing, creating or exercising, it is essential to have a space that reflects the optimism and desire for a fresh, new start that is top of the agenda for the year ahead.
The Bright Skies campaign is supported by four colour palettes - Greenhouse, Salon, Studio and Workshop – to make the colour work in every kind of room.
Greenhouse: full of fresh greens and blues to create the perfect backdrop for bringing nature into a room, in the form of plants and natural materials such as bark or cork.
Salon: consciously pale and soft, this palette is for a room, or a home, that’s ready for anything.
Studio: a mix of pale pinks, reds and oranges, it aims to create a sanctuary, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Workshop: light and positive colours to make the functional fun.
“Over the past 19 years, we’ve seen a dramatic shift from a concentration on brighter tones to an emphasis on neutrals,” says Heleen van Gent, head of the AkzoNobel Global Aesthetics Centre, says. “This year, however, vibrant colours and light tones are re-emerging – a reflection, perhaps of our need for positivity and a fresh approach. After a spell of feeling shut-in, we crave expansion – the great outdoors. The 37 curated colours in this year’s collection help to make it easy to choose on-trend shades.”
To inspire complete home makeovers, Dulux has teamed up with partners Houzz, DFS, Topps Tiles and Stoves to take Bright Skies™ beyond paint and into other elements of homes and interiors this year.
Furniture retailer DFS has produced a range of soft furnishings in Bright Skies, including a sofa and complementary cushions in palette colours.
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Kitchen appliances manufacturer Stoves, meanwhile, has created its Richmond Deluxe collection of range cookers in the Bright Skies colour as a centrepiece to a modern kitchen.
There are also two types of Bright Skies tile sold by Topps Tiles to encourage different transformation projects around the home.
Dulux Colour of the Year 2022 Bright Skies is available from 14 September 2021, in a specially designed unique can that features new branding to set it apart from the rest of the Dulux range.
At Decor & Design Scotland, we're currently coveting this gorgeous linen tablecloth from stylish Aussie brand, Linen Barn. An easy way to be up to date without having to completely redecorate!
By Mairi Clark
You can make anyone who visits your home, green with envy with this year’s on-trend colour; emerald green.
Whether you’re still embracing the summer months, or you are getting ready for autumn/winter, this gorgeous shade of green adds a luxe pop of colour to any space. And here are some of our favourite pieces in the hue, which are perfect for any room in your home;
Mindthegap Atoll Algae Moss Wallpaper Home Office Lifestyle (£175)
The French Bedroom Co Plushious Emerald Green Velvet Cushion (£50)
Margo & Plum Glorious Gold Floor Flamingo Lamp with Green velvet Shade (£359)
Living It Up Wilson Footstool in Sedgewick Green Velvet (£400)
Beaumonde Louis Green Glass Pendant Lamp (£99.90)
Beaumonde Louis Green Glass Pendant Lamp (£99.90)
Walls and Floors Plush Victorian Green Crackle Glaze Tiles (£56.95 per Sqm)
Sweetpea & Willow Eichholtz Castelle Chair in Green (£1290)
Dulux experts have chosen Brave Ground, a warm and earthy hue, as 2021’s Colour Of The Year. And it's a colour that provides a great foundation to build upon to transform any room or space in your home.
And to highlight that, here we have one bedroom in four different palettes, all building upon Brave Ground;
The Expressive palette - “colours for a home that empowers you to be yourself and to stand up for what you believe in”. (Heleen Van Gent)
Expressive colours are all about empowering people to be themselves. Positive, energising and surprising, these tones can boost creativity and free thinking, allowing consumers to define a space where they can really express their personality and bolster their sense of self.
Varying shades of pinks and reds work brilliantly together and give scope for graphic designs. The warm foundation of Brave Ground allows these pops of colour to give a unified and balanced feel to any room.
Positive and heart-warming, the knocked-back pinks create the perfect space to recharge.
The Earth Palette - Echoing the tones of the sea, the sky and the soil, these earth shades provide a connection to the natural world around us. Bringing the outside in, they are authentic and grounding colours that work naturally together.
Brave Ground is also a colour that lets other shades shine and it works naturally with the Earth colours of blue, grey and green. Used in combination, these tones create a calming, restorative feel that’s easy on the eye and that works in a modern or traditional setting.
The deep blues and greens of the palette won’t overpower a room. Used in clever combinations with lighter neutrals and Brave Ground, these are tones that can lift any interior scheme and would work well styled up with natural wood, reclaimed furniture, ceramics and indoor plants.
The Trust Palette - clay, peat, chalk, loam - these unifying shades reflect everyone. Warm neutral greys and browns, these colours complement each other and encourage connection, collaboration and a sense of harmony in the home.
The Trust colours work together naturally, so it’s easy to combine different tones to create a space that feels connected. Bringing echoes of the Earth, they work brilliantly with natural materials, such as wood, copper and ceramic.
These are tones that can soften the hard lines of a contemporary space and bring a sense of warmth and intimacy.
The Timeless palette - “colours for a home that challenges you to draw on the best from the past so you can build a brighter future.” (Heleen Van Gent)
Marrying heritage and contemporary shades, the Timeless palette is all about seeing the value in the past and its relevance for the future. Inspiring shades of yellows and ochres, balanced with neutrals and the Colour of the Year, are tones that can help create a classic contemporary backdrop that will work with any mix of furniture and won’t date.
Energising without being overpowering, Timeless colours can help create a warm and upbeat feel in a room and lend themselves to smart and subtle paint effects, such as the horizon stripes shown here.
Subtle or striking, the warm tones of Timeless colours bring weight and balance to a room.
By Ellis Cochrane
Tobacco Brown is the perfect colour to incorporate into your home all year round. The natural essence of this colour will create a dark scandi vibe during summer and bring the outdoors in over winter. This colour can be calming yet will make a statement in any interior space.
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This solid, natural brown wood and handwoven rattan chair is a fabulous accent piece for enriching a modern setting with a touch of mid-century Scandinavian style.
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Eichholtz Augustin Chair - Brown
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We love the combination of clean brushed gold tapered legs, the brass studs and the rich brown velvet. Style with tropical palms and golds for a colonial vibe or it would also be very at home against a dark wooden floor, black bedside tables and smart metallic accessories.
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Calvados Brown Velvet Bed
Available At - frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk
We’ve all heard that grey and yellow are Pantone’s ‘colours of 2021’, but pastels are going to be very desirable for spring and summer this year. Think pistachios, pale pinks, yellows and grey/blue and you’ve got the idea.
It goes really well with the light wood and natural colour schemes we’re seeing on Instagram, and it’s a great way to get the gloomy feeling of the winter out of the house.
You don’t have to re-mortgage though to sprinkle some pastel into your home, although we have found some things that we would love to splurge on!
Although not completely pastel, we were so taken with this Wild Botanist Cushion from Sweetpea and Willow, we couldn’t not put it in our range. Featuring fabulous, detailed illustrations of fruits, plants and wildlife, it’s not too garish to disrupt any other muted colours and will add just enough colour to a sofa, armchair or bed.
Image Credit Sweetpea & Willow - Wild Botanist Cushion, £55
Cup of tea?
Nothing says spring, like a cup of tea in the garden, so why not splurge on these gorgeous mint coloured cups with saucers? An easy way to add a splash of colour, and at the bargain price, you could probably stretch to cake too!
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If you’ve tried the pastel look and are ready to take the leap into going all the way, look no further than Wallsauce.com. Its 'Pastel Pink Dreams' Wallpaper by Uta Naumann is made-to-measure, and comes in a variety of wallpapers including paste the wall and peel and stick. Could be perfect for the feature wall you were planning?
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Uta Naumann at Wallsauce.com
We fell for the curves of this gorgeous chaise longue from Sweetpea & Willow. Its seashell-shaped frame with bold dark wood feet adds an Art-Noveau flair to any room and the luxe velvet in Glacier just makes you want to relax back with a martini.
Bathe in blue
Dip your toe into pastel, by bringing it into the bathroom. Imagine having a bubble-infused bath with a pair of these Savanna Blue Lanterns either side of you in this stunning baby blue.
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By Mairi Clark
Long gone are the days of boring whitewashed walls, here is our run down of the most exciting paints to brighten up your home this year!
If you are keen to add a hint of vintage allure to your home, Annie Sloan’s Chalk paints are the perfect choice. Offering a matte, velvety look these paints can easily be adapted to create your desired look. Chalk paints can be used on a variety of goods including furniture, floors, walls and even glass without the hassle of sanding or priming!
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Neutrals will always be stylish but this year we are seeing more warm neutral tones compared to the cool tones of previous years. Dulux’s colour of the year Brave Ground is a warm earth toned neutral inspired by nature. The perfect calming shade to warm up your home in these challenging times!
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We are sure you have seen Lick’s peel and stick paint samples all over your social feeds. The innovative decorating company has become increasingly popular for their carefully selected range of 49 paints. Their peel and stick samples save you from the hassle of tiny colour charts and pricey sample pots. Their range of paints in only the chicest colours offer amazing coverage and are exceptionally durable too!
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More than ever are we considering our eco footprint when decorating our homes. Farrow and Ball’s range of paints are fully water based and have low VOC meaning they release low levels of pollutants and do not release any nasty fumes that linger round for days. Farrow and Ball are also committed to responsibly sourcing their ingredients which are also 100% vegan. As sustainability becomes a key factor for many of us when we are decorating our homes, there are many sustainable options that do not compromise on style and durability.
Image Credit: Farrow and Ball Olive in Estate Emulsion - £49.50 for 2.5l, available from Farrow-ball.com
By Zoe Johnston