The Hottest New Paint Shades For 2017 |

The Hottest New Paint Shades For 2017

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Wave goodbye to the jewel tones of 2016, it’s time to embrace a new colour palette and bring in the new season in serious style. Dramatic, vivid hues are making their way into the limelight in time for spring. 2017 is all about daring, statement colours offset by subtle dusky undertones, and we can’t wait to welcome them into our homes.
From sophisticated soft yellows and crisp whites, to bold, sensual reds and deep, botanical greens, 2017 has been heralded the year of colour, so we decided to get some tips from colour experts Farrow & Ball on how to work the hottest new shades into your home. Whether you want to create a calming ambience or add vibrant energy to a muted space, we spoke to Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball to find out more about the paint colours set to be huge this season...

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Drawing Room Blue

What Farrow & Ball say: Drawing Room Blue is less purple than Pitch Blue and livelier than Stiffkey Blue. It has a clean, graphic feel to it so it’s particularly good for a feature wall in a bedroom. Alternatively, try using Drawing Room Blue in a north facing room to create a cosy interior.

How to use it: A ceremonial midnight blue evokes a sense of grandeur and mystery. Versatile and provocative, deep shades of blue can captivate like no other colour can and, when paired with crisp whites, can transform a space in an instant. For a more formal look with a stately feel, try Drawing Room Blue with All White on woodwork; or to keep things modern, pair Drawing Room Blue with Incarnadine and Pitch Black.

Drawing Room Blue, from £24




What Farrow & Ball say: Understated Hay feels soft and familiar. Its quiet quality creates rooms that have a hushed atmosphere as well as an unmatched depth and gentleness. It is not a hot or sunny yellow – although it becomes more raw in bright light – but rather an aged, whimsical tone with an underlying green.

How to use it: For a mid-century overhaul, offset the gentle, warm tones with a pared down grey-blue – perfect for wooden floorboards. Oval Room Blue and Setting Plaster will create a sense of warmth, whilst a splash of white on the ceiling will open up your space.

Hay, from £24




What Farrow & Ball say: Pelt is much bluer and more regal in feel than the similarly weighted Brinjal. It can appear almost black in dark spaces, but is particularly sensational in gloss, bringing this luxurious purple to life with a sumptuous effect.

How to use it: Try using Pelt to create a statement dining room, or in smaller rooms – like a hallway, bathroom or as a feature wall in a living room – where the intensity can create a dramatic and intimate atmosphere when lit by candlelight. For a feminine touch, try combining Pelt with Middleton Pink and Great White, or alternatively pair this deep hue with Dove Tale and Charleston Gray to create a more masculine, moody interior.

Pelt, from £24




What Farrow & Ball say: Pink has been at the forefront of decorating for the last year and there is now a natural progression to stronger reds, with their spirit of bold optimism. Radicchio feels exuberant, romantic and sensual, rather than clean or graphic, due to its complex underlying blue tone.

How to use it: Team with sleek, harmonious greys – try Mole’s Breath, Purbeck Stone and Ammonite – to create rooms with impact and depth. Radicchio should always be the dominant force of a decorative scheme, whilst the greys should float gracefully in the background, to give the room a timeless sense of upbeat, dynamic charm. Try giving your hallway a splash of colour, to add interest.

Radicchio, from £24


Studio Green

What Farrow & Ball say: Studio Green walls create an alluring retreat, providing sanctuary. They contribute to a feeling of both harmony and security, a reflection of nature, especially when combined with creams such as New White, Farrow’s Cream and Pointing, all of which blend seamlessly to create rooms that feel calm and serene.

How to use it: For a pop of bold colour, paint a feature wall to add instant drama to your space. If you’re worried it will look too dark, offset with walls in dusky pinks, creams and whites, to give a modern edge to a traditional-style room.

Studio Green, from £24




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