Comfortable, composed, confident. That’s how Behr, one of the leading Colour brands, named their new collections, designed to fit your personality and be an inspirational part of your life with the new colour trends for 2017.
The comfortable palette is powdery and pastel with different tones of muted pink, purple and blue. It is soft and feminine and will be a good choice for a light interior, where composed palette is more dim and dusky with deep blue-Green Colours – an excellent choice to emphasize the décor, not the room itself. Quiet and sophisticated, it is a top pick for a modern, edgy look for this year. Confident palette, on the other side, contains quite an accented colours, which definitely stand out of the three palettes. Bright and saturated, risky, but fun, they will liven up any interior and can be used to add a drama point where needed. In general, all the colours look great and the palettes are combined well, but there are some colours, which should be discussed in more detail.
Dusky grey / Shades On
Grey interiors are becoming more and more popular. Elegant and sophisticated, it is quite a controversial colour, as some people find it depressing. But for somebody else it is a serious one which carries a certain meaning, as it is usually seen as a colour of the industrial environments, it can convey a message like “I mean business”.
But no matter how classy it can look, in case of psychology and human’s perception of colours, grey is the only colour that doesn’t have any positive impact, thus a splash of bright colours should be used in a décor. According to Karren Haller, colour and design consultant, it is best to avoid grey in bedrooms, nurseries and any other room where creativity is required, as it can be draining and tiring.
In other cases, where you want your interior to be subtle and dim, grey denim and accompanying palette will suit the needs. It is modern, sublime and universal.
Powdery pink / Life is a Peach
Pantone named “Rose Quartz” the colour of the year in 2016 and what a year it’s been for pink colours so far! And it looks like pink themed colours continue to defend their position in the new year as well.
Even though it is a more gentle and feminine colour, don’t be trapped by gender stereotypes. Loved by men, women and children, it is a soothing and comforting colour, perfect for creating a calming space. When using pink colours in the interior, it gives life-giving effect. You don’t need necessarily dye all the walls with it, the reflection of blankets, pillows or furniture will be enough to achieve this freshness. And it actually goes well with a lot of colours, especially a good complement for pink is grey, ecru and forest green.
Green / Wanderlust
Green colour is the symbol of nature, it creates space for leisurely relaxation and can bring a piece of outside into the inside space. Dark greens and emerald will also be popular during this year. Emerald, as well as royal blue, are symbols of wealth and luxury. Properly used, it creates an expensive look, even if it didn’t cost much. But just as with any other colour, overusing it will not lead to anything good. If the apartment is situated in the busy city centre, it is a great idea to brighten it up with lighter tones of green, not only for nice interior, but for the calming mood as well.
Green, similar to blue, is perceived as relaxing and reassuring, it basically tells us what we are safe. Even though it sounds so majestic and is easy on the eye, it is quite challenging in the interior design. You should really think through which colours you will combine with it or which other shades of green you could use.
There are methods on how to discolour it, or tint it with some white or grey to remain the psychological effect of this colour in your home, but to avoid decorating pitfalls. There also other tips and tricks, like adding a complementary colour in your green paint to add depth and complexity and turn your home into the oasis of tranquillity, nature and comfort.
When making the decision on the colour, you should consider the size of the room, the position of the room, which implies if sun is entering the room and at what time of the day, and what activities will take place in this room. But don’t make your decision based on others judgement. Embrace the colour of your choice because of how it speaks to you and how it makes you feel. Colours are deeply connected with psychology and each colour has a specific influence on our mental, emotional and physical condition.
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