Colour Forecast



Continuing the theme of “looking both ways” i.e back to the past and forward into the future, The Dark and Light Palette blends tradition with modern innovation.  One of the key trends has been the importance of Darkness.  


Just as we need a dark sky in order to see the stars more clearly,  so it is with this palette.  The Dutch Masters of the 17th century epitomised this with their clever use of light playing against dark hues.


This can be translated into an interior scheme where there can be the juxtaposition of a dark and moody paint finish with rich and textural upholstery such as velvets to provide lustre, sheen and contrast.

Many of the colours in this palette combine coherently to reflect the tones of both dusk and dawn.



We need to know about our past in order to design for our future.  Including the past is comforting and evokes a feeling of home. Having a foundation in the past gives us confidence to step into the future.

Terracotta Reds reflect our rich heritage, however these tones have a bright contemporary feel that leads us to the future. 

We are in love with these nude and blush tones in this palette. We continue to use these in our projects with much success especially when contrasted with dark timbers or modern stylised fittings.

Color Futures Akzo Nobel

Color Futures Akzo Nobel

Vintage and antique references may be in contrast To or support Our modern-day aesthetic.


Denim Drift is a unique shade that represents the times we live in.

I have to agree with the result of the extensive research by leading architects, interior designers and trend watchers, the Denim Drift colour palette best represents how we will live our lives in 2017.

Denim Drift colour trend 2017

To complement the Akzo Nobel Colour of the Year, a special colour palette featuring a spectrum of blues and tones has also been developed.

Denim Drift combined with the lighter shades creates a crisp and airy feel, whereas with the darker shades it takes on a more dramatic and moody atmosphere.

The complete colour palette.

The complete colour palette.

“The Color of the Year and its complementary color palette tell the story of our Life in a New Light trend, with darker and lighter hues that change the mood of a room,” added Van Gent. “With blue set to dominate interiors in 2017, Denim Drift is a unique shade that represents the times we live in.”
— Heleen van Gent, Head of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetics Center

This is a beautiful, timeless and versatile grey-blue that takes on different characteristics depending on how it's used.

Thank you Akzo Nobel for perfectly capturing our lives for 2017.  However we see the overall palette mood depends very much on the colours you combine it with. 

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