The spring 2018 colour palette is – like the weather – both temperate and wild, with shell pink and sage green contrasted by stormy hues of charcoal, navy and lilac
1. Shell pink
+ Soft shades of powdered pink show no sign of fading from the home colour wheel this season, with spring bringing, if anything, renewed vigour to this hue.
+ Add a touch of apricot or terracotta for a forward-thinking update or contrast blush pink with tones of brick and olive, as seen in the Spring cushion from Citta’s new range, above.
+ The paler concrete tones of recent seasons deepen into charcoal this spring, offering both a dramatic feature colour or moody accent hue.
+ Charcoal creates striking effects with floral arrangements and amplifies other, more vivid colours to cause unexpected effects.
+ Experiment with charcoal soft furnishings or go bold with a feature wall or floor-to-ceiling drapery.
+ One of this season’s emerging colour trends, hay is both natural and refined, offering a new neutral in a move on from pure white.
+ With pastoral associations that conjure images of sun-kissed fields, late-summer sunshine and countryside picnics, this hue is ideal for the spring and summer table.
+ Look for hay in textiles, as well as in pale wood, taupe stoneware and flaxen textures.
+ Previously a more wintry colour, navy persists into the spring and summer colour palette as a richer alternative to black.
+ Navy cools down hot spaces and brings the relaxed, casual associations of denim to even the most sophisticated room, making it ideal for summer living rooms and bedrooms.
+ When paired with crisp white, navy can also take on an indigo effect that recalls Japanese craft traditions, especially in concert with delicate floral arrangements and patterns.
+ Emerging as the more liveable version of ‘Ultraviolet’, the much-touted Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018, lilac has a softer, more muted effect than vibrant purple.
+ This romantic hue is particularly dreamy when interpreted in coloured glass, either transparent or opaque, and lends itself particularly well to big, bountiful bunches of spring and summer blooms.
+ While green has always been the colour of spring, sage is the colour of the moment and joins black and white as a new neutral mainstay.
+ Dusty and delicate, sage is the green of fresh new growth, which lends itself well to rooms with plenty of natural light such as bedrooms and bathrooms.
+ Update this hue with deeper tones of olive and bottle green, or go lighter into mint and seafoam to create a dappled effect that recalls filtered sunlight.
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Words by: Sally Conor. Styling by: Imogen Temm and Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by: Rebekah Robinson.