Warm, glossy and oh-so inviting, we’re head-over-heels for Dulux’s coveted Colour of the Year for 2019. Named Spiced Honey, this soothing cashmere tone has been selected by an expert panel of colour designers, design specialists, trend forecasters, architects and editors from around the world as part of Dulux’s annual ColourFutures trend forecast, and we’re expecting the hue pop up all over the high street this season.
Dulux select a colour that accurately embodies the mood of the year ahead, and Spiced Honey was chosen for the sense of stability and comfort it offered in a period of change and unpredictability. ‘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. ‘The contemporary hue is versatile, sophisticated and timeless and lends itself to a broad spectrum of life and interior styles – perfect for reflecting the universal mood encapsulated by the panel.’
How to decorate with the Colour of the Year
We think this dreamy, neutral hue is as versatile as it is comforting, and would look stunning splashed about a bedroom or living space. ‘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,’ explains Creative Director for the Dulux brand in the UK, Marianne Shillingford. ‘It looks especially good when teamed with whites and off whites in furniture and furnishings which gives it a contemporary feel.’