Pastels are cool again! Hooray! I was never a fan but when you see this subtle, powdery palette reinterpreted for 2014, you can't help but want to jump on board this trend!
All the paint companies have been busy releasing their 2015 colour forecasts in the last month, after months of research, attending the world's biggest trade fairs on the subject and listening to the best forecasters. Trust me, the colours that are going to be “in” aren't simply plucked out of the air or chosen by whoever's job it is at the paint company! There's a lot going on behind the scenes.
The good news is the latest hues, as seen in Haymes' forecast – which, hand on heart is one of my favourites – are pretty easy to incorporate into your home. As I've already mentioned, pastels are hot (or should that be cool?). You'll see hints of them in Haymes' Raw and New Skin palettes, where they're paired with greys and neutrals. I'm currently house hunting and I've decided I'm inspired to play with a more subdued palette (my husband will be pleased). We picked a lot of grey items from our wedding registry last year so these will work as the perfect base.
For those who like something a little more vibrant, the Relaxed Replay palette features hot pinks I've always loved (no harm in sneaking in the odd pop of these for contrast!) and shades of turquoise that never seem to go out of fashion and are the thing for spring now the gloomy winter is behind us (go away and stay away please, rain!).
They say nature always gets it right, hence the Exotic Botanic palette with its pinks and earthy, organic hues, which will be popular with many people. I love grey in a dining room. It's so calming and revitalising, and you can put so many different shades together.
The Raw palette is all about neutrals for those of you who just don't 'do' colour! They're colours too you know, just not in the obvious sense. I also love the jungle feel of the Rhythmic Palms palette.
If you're renting or your walls don't need updating, try transforming a piece of timber furniture with a lick of paint, as seen in some of these photos. This way, you can introduce this year's new colours into your home without spending too much money, in the form of rugs, cushions and throws.
I love how Haymes have styled their new colour palettes, especially the images using interiors. These really help to give you an idea of how you can use colour in your home, both through paint and homewares or a mix of the two. There really is something for everyone!