Rainbow colours

T he good news in 2017 is that there are a lot of creative ways to use new colours and decorating ideas for your home. The best way to use colour trends is to see what you have that already works with the new trends and find ways to add little decorative accents to bring your space up-to-date. This way, you’re bound to find something that works in your home:

Brushed brass: There was an attempt in the last few years to bring back shiny brass accents. This trend didn’t land well with designers and home owners. The new brass however, is brushed with a lustrous finish that works with most of the new decorating surfaces available. There are no strict rules about metallic finishes, but know that mixing metals with fixtures and lighting is totally okay, and the new brushed brass fixtures work great with oil-rubbed bronze or black fixtures.

Dark grout on white tiles: Tiles continue to be popular. The new trend is to use dark grout on light tiles. The contrast of the darker grout with light tile is a more vintage and casual look particularly for bathrooms. For decorating a luxurious bathroom, even light grout on light tile and dark grout on dark tile will work really well.

Dark colours in small rooms: Decorating rooms of any size in dark colours is getting even more popular than before. In 2017, dark wall colour gets a boost from paint retailers. A deep and rich amethyst colour has been shown to be particularly popular in small spaces like a foyer or entrance. For more adventurous decorators, this amethyst can be perfect for a dining room to create a luxurious entertaining space.Any room can handle rich paint colour if you choose the carefully, sample it thoroughly, and make sure you have the appropriate lighting for your space. Deep burgundy, purple and charcoal grey are popular colour trends.

Trim gets colourful: White trim and moulding have been the most common choice in homes for several years. In 2017, you can experiment with new ways to use trim at home with dark colours or a colour that matches wall colour. If you choose to try the trend of matching wall and trim colour, your trim paint should be a slightly glossier formula for durability and to give it a little bit of distinction. Matching your trim and wall paint is an excellent option for a room with low ceilings to give the appearance of taller walls.

Green gets a makeover: One designer declared emerald as the ‘Colour of the Year’ in 2013. This made green so popular, that it was used to excess. Since then, green hasn’t really been given much attention. This is changing in 2017. The new green is fresh, but not pale or minty. Look for natural greens that are not muted, but not bright.

Soothing global colours: The new global colours are energetic, but there is a slightly muted quality this year that makes them more soothing in your home. The new muting means that they are like neutral colours which make decorating with them easier. White trim and accents can be difficult to use with globally-inspired colour palettes, but the softer colours of 2017 can pair well with them.

Purple colours go mainstream: The new purple colours give you an alternative to the popular teal and aqua that have dominated the top accent colours in the past. Using purple and violet is not as difficult as it would first appear. The secret is to find the right purple for your space, and then pair it with the right accent colours.

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