What colour is your front door painted?
Minimalist white? Noble navy? Gregarious shocking pink?
Apparently your choice of colour reveals a lot about your personality.
I know what you’re thinking… but let’s sweep scepticism under the rug for a moment and dig a little deeper into the findings of this study.
If your front door is black, you’re likely to be powerful, knowledgeable, prestigious. If it’s green, you’re the calm, quiet, soothing type. If you chose red, you’re commanding, dynamic and engaging.
Purple suggests you tend to favour the dramatic. Whether that means you’re into theatre, or bold public displays of emotion, we’d have to ask someone with a black door.
Either way, you’re bang on trend, as purple, or at least Ultra Violet, is Pantone’s colour of the year.
Except, this hotly anticipated accolade appears to be much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design these days. According to Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, it’s more a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.
And this year, that means creativity, ingenuity and visionary thinking… moving forward and pushing boundaries. (Funnily enough, themes we’re rather fond of in our design studio.)
Which got us thinking… If a colour can be a reflection of what humanity is craving, how could this season’s trending colours influence our mood and emotions? Here’s what we found.
Pastels, romance, clichés
Other colours in Pantone’s spring 2018 palette include Ash Rose – a soft, dusky, pastel pink, which promotes a sense of warmth and serenity in your home. Light pink is a fantastic choice for a bedroom. It’s romantic, tender and calming. Brighter shades of pink are fun and playful. Try teaming fuchsia with amethyst for an Eastern-inspired living area, or combine it with chartreuse to evoke a tropical feel.
Green is good
Bright, zesty shades of green are uplifting, so they’re a good choice for kitchens, sun rooms and play rooms. Softer, muted shades, on the other hand, can promote a feeling of calmness and comfort, so work well in bedrooms and living spaces.
Hues of blue
Blue is said to be the colour of choice for easy-going people who crave harmony and balance in their lives. That’s not to say it’s always a calming colour, however; vibrant shades can create a palpable sense of energy and drama. Pantone’s spring 2018 palette features the rich, deep Palace Blue, which combines perfectly with white and shades of coral to create a statement room.
Bold, lively, earthy orange
While bright orange is undeniably bold and lively, earthier shades such as amber, ginger and apricot are easier to work with, and can bring a sense of Mediterranean warmth and welcome to a room. Orange is also said to stimulate appetites, so could be a good choice for a dining room or kitchen.
Sunny yellow is another popular choice for kitchens. It’s reported to release serotonin, a neurotransmitter chemical that contributes to a feeling of well-being. Which is why it brings a feeling of happiness, joy and vivaciousness to a room. Farrow & Ball recommend Yellowcake for adding vibrancy and a pop of colour. Team it with apple green or sky blue for a clean and fresh aesthetic.
Grey like a moody March skyline
Strong but never shouty, grey is still having its moment in the spotlight. Timeless and sophisticated, it’s one of the most versatile neutrals. Team a light shade of grey with ice blue and natural materials, such as wicker and light pine, for a Nordic feel. Or add drama with mustard or teal against a slate grey backdrop (Farrow & Ball’s Railings 31 is ideal).
Planning on adding more colour to your home this season? We’d love to hear what you have in mind. Leave us a comment below or get in touch on social media.