Neutrals have been the mainstay of home decorating for some time and our top 6 most popular paint colours of 2015 are evidence that the trend is here to stay – at least for a while.
Our best selling interior paint colours
Since we launched our luxury interior paint range, inspired by the Yorkshire countryside, certain shades have been in high demand from our customers.
These were our best selling paint shades of 2015:
Frostrow Drystone Wall Sulber Nic Kilnsey Crag
Birdcherry Lime Kiln
From the cooler Drystone Wall, Birdcherry, Lime Kiln and Sulber Nic through to the deeper, warm beige tones of Kilnsey Crag and the pale mole of Frostrow, our customers seem to love the subtle hues that are so characteristic of the local landscape.
Paint colour trends – predictions for 2016
Neutrals will always be popular but there are signs that people are starting to fall in love with colour again for home decorating - nothing too bright but certainly stronger, jewel-like colours with depth and substance. After years of white and grey, we’re feeling more adventurous and in need of something bolder and more comforting.
Pantone heralded the change when it announced its Colour of the Year - well, actually two colours this year; Rose Quartz (a warm rose tone) and Serenity (a cool, tranquil blue). The company described the colours as welcoming, reflecting the desire for balance and harmony and the general mood of calm reflection.
We haven’t seen blue as a colour of the year since 2008 and it offers a really versatile neutral antidote.
Decorating your home with blue
Muted shades like duck egg and milky turquoise, reminiscent of faded walls in old European homes, offer a freshness but without being too cold. Popular amongst interiors designers and DIY-ers alike, these transitional colours, with an equal balance of cool and warm undertones, give a feeling of harmony whether you opt for lighter or stronger colours.
For those wanting something bolder, teal, air force blue and French navy offer real depth - our colour Strid is a great alternative to the traditional blood red for a dining room or for sitting rooms where you want to relax and feel ensconced. These warm, deep blues work well with whites as well as rich woods and gilded finishes, offering something for everyone. Of course, if you’re feeling really bold, more acid hues such as grass green and yellow or magenta also contrast fantastically well to give a real ‘wow’ factor!
Whatever shade you decide to use, remember to follow the 60/30/10 rule - 60 per cent of your room should be your main colour, 30 per cent your secondary colour and 10 per cent your accent colour.