It is no secret that we love colour! If you have been following my blogs, you will have noticed that most of the articles are about colour or at least include a reference to some aspects of colour. This is because colour has an undeniably incredible power over one’s mind and emotions. Colour will influence everyone in different ways, based on our personal experiences. Overall colour connotations are widely recognised and are an element of great consideration in all aspects of design and fashion. Colour toning will create an appealing palette that can induce calmness over the mind, creating a sense of balance and cohesion.


Where do colour trends start?

Ever wondered where colour trends start? You may not have seen the “Devil Wears Prada” where Meryl Streep’s character delivers her “it’s not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean,” speech.  Streep delivers a calm discourse about the actual shade of a belt, the machinations of the fashion industry and the useless attempts of many a fashion devotee, to escape this influence in everyday life. However, it isn’t only the catwalks of Milan, London and New York that provide us with colour trends. The innovative colour system, Pantone, has long been a prominent leader across many industries and is seen as the world authority on colour.

Last month I investigated the power of contrasting colours and colour blocking, which have had an incredible influence on 2020 design. This beautiful example at the Museum of Ice Cream evokes fun and exciting emotions within one’s mind and the ability to really excite and enliven our senses just through the use of colour.


The power of colour on the mind.

However, let us not forget the overwhelming power of colour-toning. By using only the one colour or tonal variation to create an appealing palette, one can induce calmness over the mind. It is a simple technique to create a sense of balance and cohesion with rich pigmentations. Interior designers add interest by introducing various textures, thus exciting other senses to create a more exciting space.


Colour toning isn’t only for rich colours.

Perhaps pink is not the colour you would naturally be drawn to but there are many variations of pink. Also there are many amazing palettes that can be created from neutrals, greys and even white. Houzz has showcased this beautiful house in London that effortlessly layers white for a “classic and cool” look.


Creating warmth with neutrals.

For more warmth, one can layer earthy neutral tones to create a rich and elegant space. It takes some finesse to bring neutral-hued spaces to life; however, this is where textures and patterns play a more prominent role. To keep a neutral design looking interesting, the use of contrast and textures, as Brittany Cost writes “creates depth through rich layers of textures and contrasting finishes.”

Neutrals can show depth, so taking time to observe how they respond to natural and artificial light within a space will help to get a palette just right. Neutrals however, need to be well measured with undertones taken into consideration. For example, if one uses only two shades of white rather than two tones, it could look flawed.


Need some inspiration?

If colour-tone rather than colour-block is more appealing but you are not quite sure where to start, especially when it comes to neutrals, you will easily be inspired by Dulux swatches. Not only does Dulux work with designers to create timeless palettes, their swatches are set as tonal groups to ensure you get the right colour base. Additionally Dulux have worked with companies like Laminex to take the guess work out of decision making to ensure surfaces are exact colour matches to wall colours.

Dulux has forecast palettes that are homely; “rejuvenating hues… that create a sense of renewal”, palettes that “capture our renewed appreciation for natural beauty.” When choosing a palette, whether contrasting or tonal, start with a base colour you absolutely love and build from there. By doing this you will get longevity from the space and avoid needing to make major changes too often.


Don’t know where to start?

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to colour and design. Trying to envisage a space with a new colour or how you will unify all the elements with the right colours can be a daunting task. So specifically, if you are looking to fit out a space and you are not sure where to start, inOne Projects can help!



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