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9 New Colour Trends For 2017

by Carlene Duffy
Posted: April 12, 2016

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Want to inject more colour into your life? From earth-toned hues to soft pastels, Reno Rumble and The Block personality, Carlene Duffy has got you covered for the colour trends of 2017.

Carlene’s (and hubby, Michael’s) career has gone from strength to strength. The pair first charmed Australian audiences on The Block Glasshouse in 2014. The couple achieved the most number of room wins and the highest cumulative score, cementing their signature eye-pleasing flair. They reappeared on reality TV, on Reno Rumble in 2015 and have since launched an interior design blog

Carlene’s passion for decorating beautiful spaces is undeniable in the dynamic design process. Her and her husband Michael’s sense of creativity is completely on point, as proven on their Instagram feed full of stunning visuals. 

So it goes without saying, we’re elated to have Carlene share her expertise on the latest interior styles with Open Colleges. Here are her picks for the top new colour trends for 2017

Pastel colours

9 New Colour Trends For 2016

1. Powder Blue

Powder blue is one of THE most popular colours of the season and probably because, being a blue, it is very easy to work with and live with. You will have seen it a lot in cushions, bed linen, rugs and sofas and will have seen it paired a lot with other pastels. However, I personally believe pastels should be paired with either neutrals or deeper colours to prevent the space becoming too fairy floss.

2. Blush pink

Blush pink is probably the most sophisticated of the pinks. It is muted and subtle, which makes it easy to live with. It is also overtly feminine so I use it sparingly in my own home, partly because I don’t love an excessively feminine interior and partly because with two males in the house it isn’t a true representation of the home’s occupants. 

3. Lavender/Lilac

You won’t see Lavender in home stores as much as you will powder blue and dusty pink because people are generally cautious of purple despite it being a trending colour. I LOVE lilac paired with the much deeper, bolder purple counterpart of plum. The combination is sophisticated and elegant.

Colours of the Earth

Earth colors, olive green,  mustard, terracotta - colour trends 2016

4. Olive

Olive is one you will have been seeing a lot of in fashion and it is still to make its biggest impression on interiors. It is a colour that says confidence and calm. It works well paired with mustard, tan and other shades of green and because it is so earthy, you will find it makes you feel very at ease in your home.

5. Terracotta

You are probably thinking how is it possible that daggy Terracotta is making a comeback in interiors? But it is true. The modern version of Terracotta will throw more red and tan rather than the orange undertones it did in the past and you will see it done best paired with blush pink, which until you see it, is difficult to imagine. 

6. Mustard

I’ve always loved mustard. It’s one of those colours that I would never get sick of. The colour can sometimes be responsible for creating a bit of retro vibe but depending on the material and context of its use, it can swing between casual cool and old world glam.

Loving Carlene's colour trends for interiors? Read more of her articles here.

Regal colours

Regal colors, navy upholstery, blue - 2016 colour trends

7. Navy

Navy is probably the most timeless colour on the planet and I find that even those who are fearful of colour, always love Navy. However, we are seeing the colour used with more gumption than in just sofas and soft furnishings. Navy in kitchens, walls and other hard surfaces is becoming increasingly popular and deservedly so. It’s hot!

8. Deep purple/Plum

Done right, deep purple/plum/grape is the ultimate in bold sophistication. It adds drama to a space and is especially impactful seen in velvet upholstery. As mentioned, it is best paired with other, more muted shades of purple, such as lavender.

9. Emerald green

The richness and elegance of emerald green is hard to deny. I particularly love the colour paired with a muted sage or mint but it also works beautifully with Mustard if you are feeling game. The combination of emerald green with brass or copper metals is simply divine and really shows the colour at its best.

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Carlene Duffy

Carlene is best known as one half of Michael and Carlene Duffy; the down to earth Gold Coast couple who shared their highs and lows with Australia on 9’s series The Block ‘Glasshouse’. The dynamic duo also featured in Renovation Rumble, and have together established their business ‘Cedar & Suede’.

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