This year's top colour trends and how to incorporate them at home
When it comes to colour at home, it's always a case of each to their own; if you like your soft furnishings in a bubblegum shade of pink, and your floors speckled with glitter why shouldn't you have it?
We certainly won't stop you. But for those who like to keep an eye on the trends, and find themselves gravitating towards the styles and shades turning heads in the world of interior design, it can often be a daunting space. Fear not, however, as we're here to help. Below we've cherry-picked four of 2016's hottest colour trends, complete with practical ways of incorporating them into your home, without having to call in the painters.
According to Pantone, their Colour of the Year for 2016 was a melding of Rose Quartz (an inoffensive blush pink) and Serenity (a blueish grey). We'll get to our love of grey in just a tic but first, let's take a moment to reacquaint ourselves with pink. It's a colour that, at least where our walls are concerned, we tend to shy away from but it can work like magic to add warmth and softness to your living space when incorporated in subtle ways. And it doesn't have to be in the least bit 'girly'. When mixed with greys, marble, copper and reclaimed wood, everything becomes perfectly balanced.
Pink collection top left to right; Cult Furniture, H&M, Cult Furniture, Catherine Donnelly at Dunnes Stores
Ah, for the love of grey. Admittedly we're at risk of having our entire homes punctuated with varying shades of grey but there's nothing it doesn't go with, its neutrality ensures that it's neither too cold or too warming, and best of all, it's never been easier to shop for. What we love about grey is that it's very hard to grow weary of it; it's not in your face but it's stylish, chic and oh-so-2016. Grey works especially well for a feature wall at home.
Grey collection top left to right; Ikea, Ikea, Made.com, Made.com
Turquoise and teal are also enjoying a current surge in popularity but again, not in a way that's suffocating; it's gentle and effortless. A splash of turquoise in an otherwise neutral environment can give you just the right amount of personality without drawing every pair of eyes in its direction.
Turquoise collection top left to right; Meadows & Byrne, H&M
Lastly, we always have room in our hearts for black. When carefully considered, black can be sophisticated, adding a touch of luxury to something that would otherwise go unnoticed. (Top tip: Bored of your plain wooden dining table? Rather than do away with it, get nifty with your up-cycling skills and give the legs a chic black makeover) Perfect for those with a penchant for minimalism or those adverse to colour.
Black collection top left to right; Cult Furniture, Meadows & Byrne, Home-lust.com, Home-lust.com