Today we spoke to Gwendoline Alderton, our very own interior design correspondent about the latest design trends.
Colour is a brilliant way to bring freshness and light to your home. Ultraviolet is the colour of the year, and instead of being the invisible frequency of light, is a dark and mysterious purple. It works well with other colours, such as greys, and can be blended with white and teal to create a nurturing and invigorating room. Gwendoline advised us not to use this colour for all the walls because it can make a room feel dark and oppressive. Instead she suggested painting just one wall ultraviolet and creating a 'feature wall', or to accent the darker colour with a contrasting colour. You could also go for a harmonious colour scheme, by using colours which are next to each other on the colour wheel, or go for a feature piece of furniture in an interesting colour.
The 'colour of the year' is predicted by paint experts such as Pantone and Dulux, who look at the economy and the environment to work out which colours will be popular in the coming year.
Individuality is also an important theme within interior design this year. Creating a space in your home which expresses your personality and makes you feel comfortable is key- perhaps try to link your individuality with a common colour or texture within the room.