21 Nov 2017Last updated

Design Insights

The Trending Colours of 2017: Lighter Notes

What’s in vogue when it comes to colour this year? We explore a key theme with upbeat vibes…

Sharon Parsons
Added 15:18 | February 12, 2017

Nothing changes the style, personality and ambience of a room more effectively than colour – and when it comes to paint, it’s so quick, easy and relatively cheap to do. Even those of us who live in a neutral rented home can indulge a love of colour in the safe knowledge that when it’s time to move on, things can easily revert back to the way they were.

Soft shades

Bright and clean, or soft and floaty, this engaging colour family promises a mood-enhancing ambience that is further emphasised by sunny days, and is versatile enough to be used with confidence throughout the home. 

Space Box by Kansai has a delicate, ethereal quality. Hues like this look especially lovely when diffused with floating voile curtains or slatted shutters. Novienne Lacquiere Wadia, Colour Design Manager at Kansai, explains that ‘Light, fresh colours lend calmness to a space. Shades such as Kansai’s Space Box are especially successful at lending a sense of tranquillity, making them ideal for bedrooms’.

With green making a definitive comeback in the world of interiors, this soft chalky shade – Fennel by Zoffany – is a timely consideration. It sits easily with white accents, as well as natural materials such as wood or metallics.

Iceberg by Benjamin Moore is clean and light enough to be used on all surfaces, such as ceilings, without overwhelming the room, provided there is a good source of light available.

This soft, subdued yellow – 3D Curry 105 by Caparol – looks fantastic teamed with intense blue or clean grey. It would be especially effective alongside retro-inspired furniture and textiles that pick up on this hue so often employed in that stylish era. 

Find more 2017 colour trends here

Sharon Parsons

Sharon Parsons