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Spice up 2019: Dulux names colour of the year

Spiced Honey, a rich caramel shade, has been named as Dulux’s colour of the year for 2019, the 16th time it has forecast the trend.

‘2018 was an unsettling and unpredictable time. We were overwhelmed by the deluge of news, choices and demands upon our time, causing us to close up and retreat into spaces where we feel safe and cocooned. We pressed pause and took time to regroup. As we move forward into 2019, we find this pause has given people time to re-energise and deal with the sense of unpredictability with positive action, optimism and purpose. If the unpredictability of last year forced people to retreat and regroup, 2019 is the time for their awakening. We are ready to “Let in the Light”,’ said Heleen van Gent, head of the Global Aesthetic Centre, that chairs the ColourFutures panel that decides the colour.

‘The warm and inviting amber tones of Spiced Honey perfectly capture the theme. It can be both calming and nourishing or stimulating and energising, depending on the palettes and light surrounding it. The contemporary hue is versatile, sophisticated and timeless and lends itself to a broad spectrum of life and interior styles - perfect for reflecting the universal mood encapsulated by the panel.

‘Every year, we seek to transform a trend into a colour that responds to consumer needs and enables them to bring a mood, affecting their life, in to their homes. In 2019, as a society, we want to reach out, engage with our communities, make things better and “be the change” – anything from supporting charities to small acts of neighbourly kindness. It’s time to act and Spiced Honey enables transformation inspiring a positive, emotional change.’

‘Spiced Honey has a raw, natural quality that works like a warm neutral, which makes it so adaptable to pairing with different materials and styles of decoration. Its rich caramel tones visually turn up the thermostat a few degrees and so it’s perfect for creating a relaxed cosy atmosphere in places where we like to think, dream, love and act. It looks especially good when teamed with whites and off whites in furniture and furnishings which gives it a contemporary feel,’ said Marianne Shillingford, Dulux creative director.