While spring has not fully arrived just yet, it’s never too early to set about planning if you intend to make changes to your kitchen or bathroom before the year is out. One sure-fire way of injecting personality and character into any interior space is to introduce colour, and by opting for shades that are on-trend and predicted to be popular you can ensure that your kitchen or bathroom is trend-setting and style-led in equal measure.
Admittedly it can be difficult to predict which colours will be popular months in advance of splashing them all over your walls, a look at the Pantone colour trend report offers a big steer on which shades will be springing off the design catwalk and into our homes over the coming months.
From rich red to olive green and from dreamy blue to glowing yellow, the Pantone predictions steer towards a colour palette that is sophisticated and strong and all perfect for adding warmth to the home.
With the Pantone Colour Institute describing these latest shades as ranging ‘from easy and sophisticated to strikingly different and unique’, this is a colour palette that offers the perfect opportunity to introduce flair and personality into your kitchen or bathroom.
Introducing colour into your home certainly has its advantages, but it can be quite daunting too, particularly when the trends are leaning so heavily towards bold, daring hues. The trick to incorporating your favourite colours from Pantone’s report into your kitchen or bathroom is to think of them as just one part of the whole. Consider firstly the size of the space you are decorating and how much natural light it enjoys; remember that darker colours can make a kitchen or bathroom appear a lot smaller than it actually is, while larger, open-plan spaces can more easily accommodate them. If you do favour deeper colours think about combining these with fixtures and fittings in lighter shades, to provide balance. A ceramic or quartz kitchen work surface, for example, chosen in a crisp shade of white, will give a striking visual contrast to darker cabinetry beneath or dark painted wall in the background, while introducing metallics in the form of brassware and even small appliances will give the space an industrial-feel that is very much on point.
Ask yourself also, or get advice from your designer, which materials, finishes and other colours can be combined with your catwalk favourites to achieve just the right result? A marble-effect quartz kitchen worktop or bathroom countertop will provide a soft feel if you are opting for a bold yellow or oranges, for example, while a grey worksurface is a versatile choice that will blend seamlessly with virtually any colour, from light to dark and will guard the latest catwalk colours against dating and becoming fashion rejects all too quickly.