19th December 2018 Art & Interior Design

The interior colour palettes you need to know about for 2019


Another year, another colour palette - here's what was big in 2018 and the outlook for 2019!

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Well, let's start things off by having a little review of 2018, shall we?

It was predicted that the Maximalist style of dark eclectic walls and power colour palettes would be the winners of 2018. But quite obviously, pink is still stealing the show two years on from Pantone naming Rose Quartz their 2016 colour of the year! Millennial Pink certainly sounds and looks pretty, but it's grown into a formidable mainstream trend of 2018.

Millennial Pink found a companion in another trend of 2018 - the Metallics. Metallics became the new neutral, and just so happened to work harmoniously with 2018's star child. You'll find the likes of Bronze, Copper, Silver and Gold supporting the larger and brighter colour palettes found in 2018.

Towards the end of the year we also saw the return of the well loved neutrals (think Scandi chic) and dazzling jewel colours. I think it's safe to say this isn't going to be the last we see of any of these trends, so let's have a more in depth look into some of 2018's favourite colour palettes.

Colour palettes of 2018:

Millennial Pink

Photo Credit: Dulux

For anyone who's into interiors, or even those who aren't, it was hard to avoid the popularity of Millennial Pink and its 'candy-floss' tones. You might be over it's sickly sweet sight, but Dulux predicts it will be a mainstay of years to come and without doubt will feature heavily in 2019 also.

Millennial Pink is a feminine and so-called 'healing colour', emitting warmth but coolness at the same time (go figure!). Whatever your interpretation, this colour works brilliantly with rose gold and copper accents, which are still massively on trend.

If you're going to incorporate this colour into your home - team it with minimalistic furniture - and don't go heavy on the layering - decluttering your home will declutter your mind!

When choosing artwork for the Millennial Pink colour scheme, aim for similar tones, or simplistic etchings, drawings and illustrations. For more inspiration, check out our millennial pink pinterest board.

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Flowers From Our Garden by Michael Clark

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Birdesmaids by Chris Bennett

Gen-z Yellow

Photo Credit: Nicole Crowder

Gen-z yellow was certainly a colour scheme for the brave! This neon yellow could be used as a wall colour, or if you wanted to be a teeny bit more subtle - furnishings or accessories.

Dubbed as one for those who wanted to project happiness, freshness and positivity into their interior, it does work well with other bold colour choices such as royal blue.

When pairing up the rest of your furnishings with this dramatic colour palette, often black was the best counterpart, bringing a more refined and elegant look. We found the addition of geometric artwork, muted abstract pieces and photography a safer bet than equally jazzy paintings!

Whilst the craze for Gen-Z yellow seems to be waining - yellow is still a popular choice. Mustard is already an interior favourite and 2019 is likely to favour these more earthy tones as you'll see below!

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Dennis in Yellow by Horace Panter

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Autumn Road by Andrew Fish

The Burnt Brights

Photo Credit: Dulux

We also saw a return to some of the 70's best bohemian colours, in the form of 'burnt brights' e.g. burnt orange, caramel, mustard and forest green.

You'll be happy to hear that returning to these colours didn't also involve the same reincarnation of psychedelic patterns or indeed your old pair of flares! Most often these colours were paired with geometric rugs, dark woods and same-colour furnishings such as foot stools or reading chairs, as you can see from the picture above.

The burnt brights are great for creating a warm welcoming space, whether you choose to use these colours in your wall colouring or just for furnishings. But we feel most impact is achieved by going the whole hog and going for both!

To counteract these bright walls we found minimalist wall-art with strong cream or white tones worked best. Or minimalistic sculptures - take your pick from wood and clay to tie in the natural bohemian vibes.

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Quarry Strata I by Bruce Lyons

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Small fired pot by Fani Ceramics

Colour Palettes of 2019 and beyond:

With trends constantly changing it's hard to say exactly which few colours are going to be the next big thing. But the two biggest names in colour (Pantone and Dulux) have already have come out with their top choices.

Both present a reaction to a tumultuous year and seek to provide warmth and convivial energy.

Dulux - 'Spiced Honey'

A versatile shade filled with warm and inviting tones of amber and rich caramel signalling positivity, purpose and transformation - this was also a favourite for IdealHome.

Heleen van Gent, who chairs the Dulux ColourFutures panel annually, explains: '2018 was an unsettling and unpredictable time...We pressed pause and took time to regroup...As we move forward into 2019, we find this pause has given people time to re-energise and deal with the sense of unpredictability with positive action, optimism and purpose...

"2019 is the time for their awakening. It’s time to act and Spiced Honey enables transformation inspiring a positive, emotional change."


Juliet by Mary Griffiths

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Noella and Africa Passport Map by Yanko Tihov

Pantone - 'Living Coral'

'Vibrant, yet mellow - an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge'

Said to embrace us with warmth and nourishment and to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment, Living Coral is a direct response to the onslaught of digital technology. Symbolising our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

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Spring Fever by Heidi Koenige

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Echoes by Griselda Duch

Outside these top two picks, a number of other colours have emerged in the collections of leadings brands in fashion and interior design. Paint legends Farrow & Ball for example have created six new paint shades - their first since 2016, which contain pink hues, olive greens, deep reds and blues.

Below you'll find a few shades that stand out from the crowd as key contenders of 2019 and indeed the years to come!


Photo Credit: Out There Interiors

Pantone's 2018 colour of the year was Ultra Violet, so it's no surprise that variations of this tone feature for 2019. And Cassis' purpley-pink colour tone comes front of the pack.

Based on 'Cravings', these colours are meant to tempt the eye and 'make your mouth water' so to speak. Rich and luxurious they may conjure images of indulgent chocolate or sweet treats. Being the fusion of pink and purple, it mixes cool and warm tones making this colour quite adaptable.

This colour is a breath of fresh air for a Maximalist who wants to switch up the 'already been seen before' dark walls. It still works with the classic maximalist elements of plants, dark textured furnishings such as velvet and layered artwork though. In particular the purpley pink hue works really well with green and blue tones.

Detailed artworks suit this colour well, and if the artworks have a hint of gold or silver, even better - this will create a realy pop. Bold prints and neon lights also marry well with this palette.

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Sugar Plum by Jack Frame

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Sacred Booth, London by Ewan David Eason

Purist Blue

Photo Credit: Lucypeacockdesigns

Purist Blue is the softer sibling of the recently seen jewel cobalts. As the name states, it gives off an air of purity and freshness.

Even though blues are often seen as a masculine colour, this light blue is as an elegant and neutral shade. It has a calming aura so can be great for study rooms, or even bedrooms - however it is mostly seen in bathrooms and kitchens given its light and clean colour.

Teaming this colour with cinnamon and sand colours or light woods work well for a more natural or even Coastal look. White furnishings also work well and can bring a modern feel to your interior. (This colour can quickly feel a little old-fashioned if accompanied with too many objeda).

Generally you'll find that artworks which heavily feature white or blue will work well with this colour and hence you'll find seascapes or appropriately coloured impressionist landscapes a good match!

P.S Its also worth noting that Purist Blue and Millenial Pink are a great combination - so if you don't want to give up the candy-floss pink just yet, you don't have to! If you are interested in this colour combo, team with a variety of furniture in grey shades - using this neutral colour will make sure all the attention is on these two pastel shades.

Photo Credit: Bloglovin'

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Sliced Apple by Nigel Sharman

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Autumn Moon Schiahallion by Peter King


Photo Credit: Jessica Klewicki Glynn

Just like Cassis, Cantaloupe is a colour based on food. Fitting snugly into Pantone's 'Cravings' collection it's similar to the jewel colours we saw in 2018. Even though it's a muted version it doesn't make it any less sweet!

Dulux has also included this melon colour in their 'Identity' collection. Described as creating a unique, bold and optimistic interior that would make you light up and relax when you come home it appears remarkably like the Dutch national colour!

Canteloupe is typically seen in mediterranean villas, but has also made its way into English cottages. This versatile colour can actually be used in many styles of interior, from Modern to Bohemian.

As well as working brilliantly with light neutrals, if you're feeling brave, compliment Cantaloupe with any shade of blue that you fancy. A deep royal blue can create a really funky pop art-esque interior (a stark difference to the interior shown above)!

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The Kings Arms, Mayfair by Mike Bernard

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Distressed Renaissance by James Hall

Mellow Yellow

Photo Credit: Cassiefairy.com

Mellow Yellow is the next in line to take the Gen-Z acid yellow's crown. This paired back yellow, more commonly referred to by mustard in the fashion industry, is now filtering progressively into the interiors world.

Yellow is usually described as a colour of freshness and mostly happiness, energy and positivity and is personally one of my favourite interior colours. This colour reminds me of a late spring/early summer night, as the sun is setting and you hit golden hour (when the sunlight is redder and softer than during the day).

If you're wondering how to work with this colour, you can go for the beautifully uniform look, or go to either ends of the colour spectrum (and probably not a whole lot in between!)

Contrasting with darker colours such as granite, slate, charcoal or black and prints such as dogtooth creates a more dramatic effect. In contrast, pair with with neutrals such as off-white, brown and cream, and go for fabrics like tweed to give a vintage feel.

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Almost Home by Lilias Blackie

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Nude study IV by Phil Tyler

Neo Mint

Photo Credit: Homedesigns

However you feel about pastel shades, they are definitely here to stay, at least for a little while longer. In a recent article, colour experts Coloro predicted their up and coming colour of the year as Neo-Mint. As it says on the tin, it's a cool minty green, which echos the muted, cosy pastel colour of Millennial Pink.

Green is popular in interiors as it resonates with nature, and projects an uplifting and optimistic vibe into the home. With this in mind, you might find it the perfect motivational choice for a study or a room with little light, as it will give the illusion of a larger and brighter space!

If you're not keen to paint the walls Neo Mint consider using this colour as an accessory, such as Neo-Mint cabinets, fridge, bed sheets or chairs. You'll find the best artworks for this colour are illustration pieces, simple abstract paintings - ideally with green hues and even black and white photography.

For more interior inspiration check out the ArtsHaus Pinterest Board here.

Green Study

Green Study by Helen Rawlins


Paradise by Alice Hall

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