This year, the way in which the home functions has fundamentally altered, as it has played a more meaningful role than ever in our daily lives. Wattyl have reflected this in their newly-released 2021 colour forecast, which takes the form of four unique palettes, spanning a wide array of shades.
These predictions highlight the way in which curved or rounded shapes, soft textures and considered colour palettes have become the go-to options for creating a sense of calmness and serenity while also proving useful in establishing different areas within an open living space.
The richer, darker hues of the Shadowy Darks palette – Dark Dream, Black Hole, Deep Forest and Seductress – are luxurious and cocooning and create a mood of timeworn comfort, especially when teamed with textured wall panels such as Easycraft’s Ascot Vogue dado panel, velvets, corduroy and dark timbers. Shape and texture become the heroes!
Uplifting Lights, a collection of four beautifully dusted pastels – Snow Rose, Light Aqua, Cave and China Mauve – add a warmth and tactility to minimalist spaces and lend themselves to soft curves in furniture and detailing that are balanced with the geometric chevron profile on the main wall.
The tonal equality between hues such as Wattyl Snow Rose and Light Aqua inspire a balance between body and mind – the perfect combination for bedrooms.
Nourishing Earth Tones will be even more important in a post-Covid-19-world, their warm, nourishing plant-based colours helping us to reconnect with nature and the outdoors. Terracotta tones such as Wattyl Brandy Snap are given extra depth and visual interest when applied to a textured wall lining and mirrored in furnishing textiles such as leather, linen and wool.
Other beautifully organic, earthy hues within the palette are Moccacino, Run Forest, Denim and Honey Honey.
Humble Whites – and minimalism in general – continue to reign supreme in many homes but the look is warming; becoming less pristine in both detail and styling. Personality and emotion are introduced to this palette by virtue of authenticity, craft and history – attributes we crave in a post-Covid-19 world. Materials such as timber, vegetable-dyed textiles and hand-made ceramics are key to the mix and create a mindful ambience, one of simplicity and purity.
Humble whites such as Wattyl Lushious White, Confetti Shower and Ice Volcano sit quietly – and comfortably – next to timber lined walls that imbue the space with a sense of authenticity and earthiness.
Paint can be such a wonderful way to transform a living space, and the use of curves, texture, and colour can be utilised in order to fundamentally shape an interior that is calming, nurturing and multi-functional.