Our guide to interior design colour trends for 2018

Our guide to interior design colour trends for 2018

February 28, 2018

Design Inspiration Interiors Trends

One way to easily freshen up your home and give it a dramatic transformation is by updating the colour scheme to include contemporary, on-trend colours.  Here’s our quick guide through The Pantone Color Institute’s 2018 colour trends to help you in your colour quest for 2018.

Every year Pantone releases its colour trend report to include a number of palettes of colours for the coming season. While developed for the fashion world, these palettes also transfer through to interior design. According to the Pantone Color Institute, colours for Spring are all about ‘fun and playful release’. It’s time to explore your creativity and confidence with some dramatic colour mixing!


Pantone Institute: colour palettes for 2018

Pantone Color Institute: colour palettes for 2018

Colour intensity

While background colours can be more muted (and this year, neutral browns are going to be key), feature walls, soft furnishings or key items of furniture in intense colours will really give your space a contemporary feel.  Reflecting our intense lives, Pantone’s Intensity palette is an eclectic mix of colours that evokes a sense of strength, power and sophistication.

Photo: Sherwin Williams, Oceanside

Photo: Sherwin Williams, Oceanside


Metallics are the new neutrals

We’ve become a lot more confident with metallic over the last few years. Leatrice Eiseman, global colour guru from Pantone Colour Institute says says that “Metallics we know are classic, but they have really moved over into neutrals” and predicts a continued fascination with iridescence to create intrigue and interest. Pantone’s Intricacy palette of combines metallics with accents of dramatic Holly Berry red and yellow Sulphur.

Photo: Inside Out Magazine

Photo: Inside Out Magazine

Be Resourceful

We’ve already pointed to Orange as being a key colour to make a warm contemporary statement in your home and Pantone’s Resourceful palette combines orange with complementary cool blue tones. This combination will really draw you in and make you look!

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Leaves and berries

The Pantone colour for 2017 was Greenery, and 2018 will see a continuation of importance in bringing greenery into the home; whether that’s actual plants or wall and furnishings in vegetal colours such as celery. Pantone’s “Verdure” palette suggests combining green with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue, symbolic of health.

Amara.com - vegetal chair

Photo: Amara.com

Minion magic

One of the most fun of the Pantone palettes for 2018 is Playful: “Think Minions”, says Eiseman, and Pantone does actually have a colour called Minion Yellow. Super bright yellows, lime greens and bright blues. “People need to stop and smile,” said Eiseman.

Image: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Pink power

With all these intense and bright colours going on, you may need to step inside a quieter and calm environment in order to switch off and relax. This is where Discretion comes in. Subtle tones of pink, such as Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose will convey a new sense of strength. “Pink has developed more power than ever before,” says Eiseman.

DesignersGuild.com - Brera Lino cushion

Photo: DesignersGuild.com

Pixel palettes

Finally, in this age governed by graphics and gadgets, we can’t get away from technology… and it’s now even reflected in our décor! Pantone’s TECH-nique palette combines a pixel, techie-inspired array of bright turquoise, pink and purple colours layered onto Brilliant White and Frosted Almond. This palette is all about hues “that seem to shine from within,” said Eiseman.

Pantone.com - Tech-nique palette

Pantone.com – Tech-nique palette



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