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  • Gina Everett

Focus on Spiced Honey - The Dulux Colour of the Year 2019

Dulux have recently announced the colour of the year 2019 as Spiced Honey. This warm elegant neutral colour is the result of the 16th annual ColourFutures™ trend forecast from the brand.

ColourFutures™ features an expert panel of colour designers, trend forecasters, design specialists, architects and editors from around the world. Together they discuss what we increasingly need from the spaces around us and work together to capture a universal theme, finally suggesting a colour that suitably embodies our mood of the moment for the year ahead.

In 2018 the trend setters found us in an unsettling and unpredictable time. Overwhelmed by the deluge of news, choices and demands upon our time. The colour to close up and retreat into spaces where we feel safe and cocooned was named as Heart Wood. Described as a warm neutral with a hint of heather, a colour which offers sanctuary.

As we move forward into 2019, according to Dulux we are ready to ‘Let in the Light’. Ready to re-energise and deal with the sense of unpredictability with positive action, optimism and purpose. The warm and inviting amber tones of Spiced Honey perfectly capture this theme. “It can be both calming and nourishing or stimulating and energising, depending on the palettes and light surrounding it,” explained Heleen van Gent, Head of the Global Aesthetic Centre, who chairs the ColourFutures™ panel annually.

Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director for the Dulux brand in the UK, continues: “Spiced Honey has a raw, natural quality that works like a warm neutral, which makes it so adaptable to pairing with different materials and styles of decoration. Its rich caramel tones visually turn up the thermostat a few degrees and so it’s perfect for creating a relaxed cosy atmosphere in places where we like to think, dream, love and act".

Alongside the colour itself Dulux have devised 4 complementary colour palettes using Spiced Honey as they lead colour. The chosen colours are inspired by the varied tones and properties of honey itself, and have been designed to make decoration with Colour of the Year simple.

● Warm Neutrals - A Space to Think

The ‘Think’ palette has an inviting mix of rich neutrals and touches of soft pink, intense burgundy and sophisticated deep blue. Polished woods, mid-century furniture, graphic rugs and textiles emphasise the smart look.

Spiced Honey Colour of the year think palette

● Soft Pastels - A Space to Dream

The ‘Dream’ palette is a gently muted mix of romantic powder pinks and blues that create calm. Plain pale woods, simple hand-thrown vessels and pretty fabrics add to the contemplative, centered feel of this space.

Spiced Honey colour of the year bedroom

● Intense Pigments - A Space to Love

The ‘Love’ palette is our warmest of 2019, filled with richly pigmented shades including deep forest green, bold teal and intense terracotta red. With wooden furniture and botanical prints, it creates a cosy space perfect for sharing with loved ones.

● Bold Brights - A Space to Love

The ‘Act’ palette is playful, with pops of vivid red and green among pale pinks and blues and crisp greys and whites. This space is brought to life with reclaimed, personalised furniture and bold graphic shapes.

If you’d like to add Spiced Honey into your decor scheme I’d recommend teaming it with warm whites, and blacks for contrast whilst focusing on natural elements such as natural coloured woods, wool, rattan and tan leathers in furniture and accessories. The soft pinks, burgundies, deep blues and greens that are already appearing in this Autumn's colour trends are also perfect accent colours for Spiced Honey.

Here’s my pick of how to style Spiced Honey in your home.

Deluxe Spiced Honey Mood Board

Clockwise from Top Right

Aplomb Suspension Light £329 from

Moroso M.a.s.s.a.s Three Seater Sofa £5040 from

Vitra LCW Eames Plywood Chair £1150 from

Bloomingville Elba Table in Black £169 from Amara Living

Broste Copenhagen Air Pouffe in Crayon Rose £500 from Amara Living

Bro Small Drinks Cabinet £445 from Oliver Bonas

Zuiver Retro Round Wall Mirror £79 from

If you'd like to discover the perfect colour scheme for your living space Create Perfect interior design and colour consultations are great way to started on creating your dream home. Contact Gina to find out more.


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