8 paint colours interior designers love right now
The new paint shades that will transform your home.
Deciding on a new colour palate for any room in your home can be daunting. With so many choices and such a wide variety of companies, picking a new paint can feel like a mountainous task, even before there is a brush in sight!
However, spring is the perfect time to give your home a refresh. Winter is over; the long summer months are fast approaching and what better way to prepare your home than to give a room a new coat of paint?
We asked four leading interior designers to reveal their favourite colours to use right now.
Prepare to be inspired…
Taupe by Graham and Brown
Famed for her use of beige in the home, and a stint on Dragon’s Den, the self-proclaimed “queen of taupe”, Kelly Hoppen, uses her designs to show the incredible versatility of the colour.
Why it works:
“For me [Taupe] is the prefect antidote for the stressed lives we lead,” explains Kelly, “it is the perfect neutral colour – neither too warm nor too cool [it] creates a deep sense of calm…this shade doesn’t cry out for attention; it is harmonious, peaceful, and zen.”
How to use it?:
“Taupe works perfectly in any room…[it] is the perfect backdrop,” creating “a sense of fluidity throughout the home.”
“Taupe and clear glass are the perfect companions, they simply adore each other.”
Joanna Wood, one of Britain’s leading interior design specialists has been in the industry for 25 years, she recommends Ammonite by Farrow and Ball.
Why it works: “It may be a neutral but contrary to popular assumption, it is anything other than dull… whether we’re doing a traditional or contemporary interior, Ammonite transitions from one style to the other effortlessly.”
How to use it: “I love because it is a true neutral, which means any colour looks great paired with it.”
Kelly Hoppen suggests another Graham and Brown creation: Londinium.
Why it works: “I love grey as nearly every shade pairs perfectly with taupe, my signature colour. This shade has subtle blue undertones, which…is dark enough to create impact, yet pale enough to not be overbearing.
“As with other neutrals, grey is surprisingly varied…making it ideal for home interiors.”
How to use it: Kelly says the colour lends itself to “rooms that are used more by night than by day”.
Jane Churchill, a Pimlico based interior designer, argues for the importance of tailoring the shade of the walls to the room.
Why is works: Jane claims that the deep hues of Meadow Violet by Sanderson Spectrum, are “luxurious and inviting, which is excellent for entertaining”.
How to use it: Jane advises that this shade should be used in “a dining or sitting room”, accompanied by majestic “gilt detailing as well as natural materials like wood and stone”.
Meadow Violet also looks great when contrasted against lighter shades, adding a splash of colour to any room.
Ceil de Nuit by Caravane
Veronique Piedeleu, Director of interiors brand Caravane, picks deeper shades.
The first of her choices is Ciel de Nuits, which translates from the French as “night sky”, has an inky indigo colour.
Why it works: “I love the bold indigo Ciel de Nuit as it has such richness and depth [it] will instantly make a bold statement, a wonderful accent colour that adds depth to a home,” explains Veronique.
How to use it: While Veronique insists that the indigo shade work well in most rooms, she adds that it should be “balanced against opposing colours such as whites, beiges or cream.”
Beaufort Gardens by Mylands
Why it works: “It’s perfect for when you’re looking for that colour that isn’t blue or green but a perfect combination of both”.
How to use it: According to Joanna, “its lighter tones make it work with so many different fabrics… I particularly love using it in bedrooms and bathrooms and have decorated two of my own rooms at home in the shade. Beaufort Gardens looks incredible when paired with greys and neutrals and feels clean and crisp with white.”
Why it works: “Pale colours with blue and grey are calming and will work in a number of homes.”
How to use it: “They would benefit from a lot of texture – linens an cottons in particular”
Mordore shade from Caravane
As it’s spring, you shouldn’t be afraid to try some brighter tones in the home as well. Veronique recommends taking a look at the golden Mordore shade from Caravane.
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