Colour is everywhere and actually has an astonishing impact on our lives. Colour can affect our mood and makes us feel happy, sad or energised. Think about how much happier you feel when looking at a bright blue sky in comparison to a monotone grey sky. Hospitals focus on the effects certain colours have on our health and choose to decorate waiting areas in soft pastels, which are calming and relaxing. Brands, shops and fashion houses capitalise on our love of colour by creating trends each year. This article aims to discover the colour trends in clothes fashion and interior design fashion for 2018.
Every year fashion houses showcase their clothes for the following season in different colour hues. This year is no different and there are definite trends in colours that stand out. For spring pastels were everywhere, ice cream colours dominated the catwalk. The delicious looking gelato colours were not subtly accompanied by a more neutral colour, they were literally worn head to toe! Lavender featured prominently and was often teamed with mint.
Another colour that is trending for 2018 is orange. Orange that is bright with no hint of subtlety at all, think traffic cone! Coats and bags featured accents of orange. Orange teamed with black and white helps tone down the colour.
To counteract the onslaught of all this colour neutrals are also on trend for 2018. Browns, creams and camel in gender neutral designs will be strong in spring 2018.
Back to colour again, yellow was a strong colour on the catwalk. Famously a difficult colour to wear it featured in different shades ranging from marigold yellow, mustard and lemon. If you find yellow a difficult colour you could try adding bright yellow accessories such as a yellow bag or scarf. women’s shirts had a splash of yellow incorporated into designs and many of the yellow colours were softened by a soft floral print.
Unless you prefer the white minimalist look which is shown in the image above, you cannot help noticing that every year the colour of our homes takes on a different shade according to what’s on trend. 2017 saw camel and neutral tones, with a splash of tropical gree take centre stage.
Often fashion colours follow a similar direction to interior design. On the catwalk we saw lavender as a colour to be watched, lavender and purple is also set be one of the colours on trend in our homes for 2018.
Purple adds energy and vibrancy to a room, pantone has predicted the colour ultra-violet to be the colour for 2018. You would need to be very adventurous to completely change your decor to purple, however you could easily update the room with the addition of accessories or a statement piece of furniture.
As in clothes fashion the retro colour of marigold and mustard yellow, also makes an appearance for 2018. The colour is fun and cheerful. There are some amazing wallpaper prints to choose from, or why not paint a feature wall in mustard?
Calient a strong, vibrant red is the colour of choice by Benjamin Moore. The colour is not for the shy and retiring but adds a dramatic, fiery aspect to room decor. Best suited to dining rooms and bedrooms as an accent wall or could be achieved by a fiery red cushion or two, along with a rug.
Thankfully for some, other colours on trend for 2018 include pastels, again reflecting fashion, pastels include mint and lavender. The sole purpose of the pastels is to provide a sole connection with relaxation and mindfulness, meaning that your home is created into a sanctuary for escaping the modern world. Blush which is a washed out salmon-pink is also on trend and pretty much acts in a similar way to the pastels in that it provides an almost neutral warm glow to decor.
There are many more colour trends to choose from, including colours inspired by travel, like ocean blue. When decorating be aware of how different colours affect your mood. For example using calming blues and neutrals in the bathroom will evoke a sense of well-being, a bit like entering a spa. A splash of yellow in the living room will provide energy and lift the mood, whereas bedrooms could be calming in pastels or passionate by adding a wall painted in calient red!
To conclude 2018 brings with it an array of colours both in the fashion world and in interior design, the range should be appealing to everyone and it will be easy to update your style and stay on trend with the addition of scarfs, bags, cushions and rugs. Or you could embrace the trend completely with top to toe colour!