Home interiors: playing with colour

PUBLISHED: 09:33 10 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 February 2016

Barker & Barker

Barker & Barker


Janet Dixon, designer and owner of Herts interior design house Barker & Barker, gives a guide to creating impact with this year’s colour trends

Colour trends for interiors this year focus on three key factors – texture, contrasts and playfulness.

Texture in 2016 is all about opulent accessories for the home. Examples include fur trims and leather tassels, embroidery, braids, metallic velvets and layered fabric to add a touch of extravagance but also to create a comforting, cosy feel. Colours such as grey, black, brown and cool whites help to create this indulgent but sophisticated look.

Using a combination of cool and warm tones will create extreme contrasts and make a bold statement. Sea-green, grey, black, fuschia, burnt orange and aubergine can be used as underlying background colours, then combine these with zingy citrus yellows and greens to create impact. Try adding accent colours in the form of cushions, throws or lampshades to generate the contrast.

Being playful with colour can sometimes be daunting, but using bright primary hues of red, blue, green and yellow will create a space full of fun and a feeling of attitude and energy. Combining these pops of colour with lighter tones of beige, citrus and white will help to calm the space, while using the mid-to-dark tones of blue, yellow, green, red and black will add vibrancy.

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