Interior decorator, designer and colour specialist Sandi Larkin shares her favourite colour choices for summer.
Looking to 2019, Sandi is taking cues from the 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year, the striking Ultra Violet. “This is an amazing colour, an interesting mix of cool blue and passionate red that represents both luxury and spirituality,” she says.
How to introduce this colour into your home: “Think beautiful amethyst crystals, a lush velvet cushion, a striking bottle of bubbly on your drinks trolley, such as the Pongrácz Noble Nectar… or if you are brave enough, a beautifully lacquered matching drinks cabinet.” Note: this colour is spectacular when combined with gold.
“My second colour that I’m in love with for summer is a derivative of Ultra Violet, but this version, a soft grey mauve, is good for wall applications,” says Sandi.
How to introduce this colour into your home: “People are tiring of greys but still like the neutrality it gives a room.” Soft mauve grey is a great variation, perfect for use on couches and chairs. Start with grey mauve on a wall before using it on an item that’s a focal point in the room, such as a lacquered cabinet or statement decor accessory.
We’re going to see the return of ‘80s-inspired colours in 2019, says Sandi. “Coral and salmon are making a big comeback in a modern, fresh way.”
How to introduce this colour into your home: If you’re not ready to paint your walls in this trendy hue, simply accessorise with throws, a beautiful ceramic piece or artwork. Remember to layer!
“Greens are still very strong,” says Sandi. Think Hunter Green, but in a moody, more artful way, or the dramatic, rich Night Watch Green, which is international brand PPG Paints Colour of the Year for 2019. People are also turning to beautiful sage greens as paint alternatives to grey.
How to introduce this colour into your home: Soft greens provide the perfect backdrop for urban living, complementing Scandi-inspired, Mid-Century and Industrial decor styles.
BLUE & WHITE
“My all-time summer favourite is a combination of blue and white,” says Sandi. This trend has returned with a bang: navy is the new black this summer, working equally well in both trendy bohemian-style rooms and classic spaces.
How to introduce this colour into your home: Use this colour combination together with rattan and cane furniture for a villa-style feel.