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Embrace International Colour Trends to Decorate Your Home This Summer

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With international colour and trend forecasts only one click away it has never been easier to find inspiration if you are looking to renovate, redecorate, or spruce up a room.

It is this time of the year when the creative community keeps their eyes on Pantone, the global colour authority and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries all over the world. Each December, for the past sixteen years, Pantone released ‘The Color of the Year’ – an announcement that is awaited with anticipation in the design community. According to the forecast cheat sheet of design taxi, the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 will be a deep blue-green, Deep Peacock Blue.

In 2015, Pantone chose Marsala as the Color of the Year. This rich hue, between red and brown, is one of the four key colours of CurtainWorld’s summer palette for 2015/16. The Perth-based specialist for window coverings also introduces Apricot Nectar, Cerulean, and Ponderosa Pine in its product range.

Depending on the mood and atmosphere you want to create in your home, pair Marsalaand Ponderosa Pine or Apricot Nectar and Cerulean to create a stimulating colour scheme. For a breezy, light and summery feel in your home choose Apricot Nectar and Cerulean as your main colours and add some accents in the darker hues.

The CurtainWorld summer palette 2015/16

Apricot Nectar

Rich pastels are an emerging colour story that made a strong appearance at the European trade shows for the past couple of years; cool blues and greys are lifted with tangerine and zingy lemon.


This tinted indigo hue represents the summer. Stonewashed treatments on cotton and velvet make the faded effect more apparent. Calm, tranquil, peaceful – this muted blue will create a serene and calming atmosphere in your home.


The rich, red-brown Pantone Color of the Year 2015 contrasts effectively with soft pastels, such as Apricot Nectar and Cerulean.

Ponderosa Pine

This cool blue-green hue takes inspiration from woodland greenery and will cool down your home on hot Australian summer days.

For more colour inspiration check out the Dulux Australia Colour Forecast 2016 – titled Design Age. Their trend forecasters predict that people are on the search for the unique, the bespoke, and the individual to add a sense of luxury and distinction to their lives. In our highly technology-driven world, where we are permanently connected through our mobile devices, a longing for nostalgia and handcrafted artisan products emerges. The importance of good design is apparent. The four Dulux trends are

  1. Biofragility
  2. Retroremix
  3. Futurepast
  4. Infiniteworlds

The colours range from soft muted pastels to bright orange, turquoise, and green; rich decadent colours, such as olive green, dark brown, and gold, are mixed with mustard, pink and purple; and dark hues, such as midnight blue and petrol, let us explore unknown territories.

Dulux UK has chosen Cherished Gold as The Dulux Colour of the Year 2016 explaining that it ties in beautifully with the ongoing trend of metallic hues in our homes. It also works well with soft pastels and darker tones of green, brown, or purple.

Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design & Content Manager at Dulux, comments: “Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating.”

 There are plenty of exciting colours to choose from when decorating your home. The good news is that you don’t have to repaint your walls if you want to add a new colour to your interior. There are many ways you can change the atmosphere of a space, one of which is window coverings. No matter if you are looking for a decorative sheer or block out curtains there is a solution for every room and taste. Consider cushions in the same fabric as your curtains to link the space.

Another option is occasional chairs and ottomans upholstered in a fancy fabric to make your interior unique and stand out from the crowd. Think of re-upholstering an inherited piece, for example; or, browse antique shops and retro dealers for fabulous finds that do not cost a fortune. To finish off your interior introduce the new colours in accessories, décor, and art. Sometimes, a bunch of colourful flowers can do the trick.

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