If we look at the four key themes that inform the 2017 palette, blue is prominent in each. It’s a colour that informs every aspect of our lives and, combined with different shades, it can promote various moods and feelings, from tranquillity to energy. │Discover more on the Colour of the Year 2017 Palette

A versatile colour for every room

Colour of the Year 2017, Denim Drift, combines well with other blues and natural wood colours.

When we think of our home as the place we share, eat, sleep, laugh, cry and celebrate – where we live and often work as well, the versatility of blue stands out. It can be used in subtle ways. Denim Drift combines well with other tones of blue or natural wood colours; or it can be used in sharp contrast to yellow hues to add a sense of vibrancy.

Which paints? Denim Drift

Think beyond your walls

Colour of the Year 2017, Denim Drift, combines well with other blues in a striking kitchen design.

“You can do more with paint than just painting your walls,” explains Heleen van Gent, Creative Director of the Global Aesthetic Center. “Painting a ceiling is a simple yet effective way to immerse yourself in a colour.”

Similarly, by painting doors or units such as cupboards in complimentary colours, or using furniture and soft furnishings in the same way, you can start to make new and unexpected combinations.

And of course, if you’re nervous about using blue in a large expanse of wall, you can paint details on a feature wall, or within recesses or shelves – allowing you to play with different palettes in simple yet effective ways.

Which paints? Barton Blue, Big Chill and Black Mica

Make use of the architecture

Discover how Denim Drift, the Colour of the Year 2017, can transform your home.

The structure of each room in your house can be used as a guide to creating different zones of colour. Hand rails, staircases and existing divisions within your space can all create natural breaks for you to experiment with different hues within the same colour scheme. Don’t be afraid to play with the lines that are already in the architecture of the building.

Which paints? Barton Blue, Extreme White

Don’t be afraid to do things by hand

Nothing has to be perfect. Hand-painted motifs and deliberately rough blending between different hues on walls can add a degree of bold imperfection that adds to the overall effect. “These feature wall ideas are really easy,” says Heleen. “There’s no need for stencils. It’s a playful way to add some colour.”

Find your kind of blue

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