Trending colour predictions for 2019

Monday January 14 2019

Mushroom combined with other colours such as

Mushroom combined with other colours such as purple gray gives off a beautiful look. 

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Colour and paint are dynamics that can work magic in your home, enhancing architectural features, setting a mood or defining your style.

For several years, there are colours that have been popularly used and were trending. Colour blocking for instance, has been trending in the previous year.

It is a striking trend that is currently extending from the world of fashion to home décor and event design. It is done by pairing bold colours with no particular concern of necessarily matching them with any reason.

According to Irene Kajubi, an interior designer at Interior expressions, it is important to note however, that as you choose these colours, do not forget your personality, taste and preferences as well as using as much décor accessories as possible. The following décor colours will trend in 2019.


This creamy shade is never out of style. Despite being neutral, hazel nut is very inviting and does not clash with furniture. For these reasons, this colour is likely to trend for home décor this year.

“It can be tempting to use the same wooden finish on your dining table and chairs,” says Kajubi. She adds that, “Fill you décor space with different shades of hazelnut to create an organic look. Adding indoor plants was and is still trending and a hazelnut colour palette makes a great back drop for it.”

However, for some people, this cream shade seems so boring, gives a background and swallows up most accessories and is only suitable for places where there is a lot of light.

Lilac gray

Create a restful bedroom scheme by teaming laid-back lilac with soft grays. Accent walls can be painted in any room of your home, but a lilac bedroom wall showing off a beautiful headboard paired with wood tones is sophisticated and romantic.

She says: “You can also use this colour palette to create a refreshing living room with brilliant curtains with pink, red or blue accessories and also depending on the amount of light getting into the room.

While pink can be a soothing addition to the lilac grey color palette, lavender is more versatile and easy to use.”

The easiest way to add lilac to your rooms without changing pain is with accessories. Adding pillows, a rug, and artwork to your space gives your room a classy new look. Lilac and lavender can be used in place of blue, but also looks wonderful with royal and navy blue.

Dark green

This colour palette will be trending this year. It is suitable for well-lit large rooms. It emulates the healing of the outside environment to give your room a natural look.

Nicholas Atulinda, an interior designer at Bedazzle Interiors, says dark green complements cream and neutral tones exquisitely. If you have painted rooms already, you will not need to change your whole décor to accommodate the colour.

You may have to use dark green pillows, potted plants or blend the shade with pink or gold. He says: “It can be complemented with yellow accessories but be careful while you use it because it is very moody and small rooms will appear dark. Be careful not to use the colour in all the rooms in your house because the house will look cold, moody and boring.”

Trends should never sacrifice your tastes and preferences. It is important that you look through your lifestyle before you choose any shade of dark green.


Mustard is a very strong bright colour that is catchy and can be used for accent walls. If you are looking for a way to brighten up your home but are scared of using plain white walls, mustard is the colour for you.

Atulinda says: “If you are afraid of having the whole room painted with mustard, you can have this yellow tone just for the door or with an accent wall instead. You can also keep the majority of your room white but add mustard accessories so the overall effect doesn’t feel too bold.”

It can be used in the place of red, maroon, lime green or yellow. It highlights décor to make it stand out in its space but be careful to use it sparingly.


Mushroom is a warm, grayish palette that is a fun and easy neutral hue to incorporate into your home decor. It is an update to the popular 1970’s of brown and rust paint colours. The mushroom colour palette looks fresh again and is gender neutral irrespective of the room you choose to use it, is timeless and unique. It looks great with natural furnishings.

“Mushroom could be the perfect colour for your kitchen cabinets if you need a refreshed kitchen. You can choose to have all the rooms in your bedroom, bathroom or living room painted with mushroom to create a calming effect,” he remarks.

You can also use the mushroom hue with a few home decor accents such as accent chairs, rugs, throw pillows or a cozy new blanket. A mushroom headboard can be a perfect complement for both a dark and light bedding.


Whether you choose ice, charcoal or grayish blue, just make sure that any blue home interior colours you go for remain soothing and use the shades sparingly to avoid a heavy-handed hue that will make a room feel smaller, darker, and stuck in an 1980’s nautical time warp.

No home owner can ever go wrong with a touch of blue for their interior. The alternatives from royal to pale or pungent blue can always make a statement for your style.

Kajubi says,:“Whether you choose to cover the entire room in blue wallpaper or simply settle on decorating with blue home accessories, you will get an endless inspiration. There is no limit to where you can use the blue because it is a very delicate colour.”

Soft clay

Soft clay paint colours are great alternatives to pale brown as they will give any room a certain sunny zest and casual elegance. This colour palette can elevate a room and your mood.

The 60-30-10 rule

Using the 60-30-10 rule can make choosing colour simple, and help you achieve balance in your interior decor. The rule is a timeless decorating rule that can help you put a colour scheme together easily and give balance to the colours used in any space in your interior.

The 60 per cent is the main colour for your room that would be on most of your walls, large accent pieces like area rugs or sofa. The idea is that the 60 per cent of the colour anchors the space and also serves as a backdrop for what comes next.

The 30 per cent is the secondary colour and you will be using half of this colour as your main colour. It can be used on hangings, accent chairs, bed linens, painted furniture, or even creating an accent wall. This secondary colour supports the main colour, but is different enough to set them apart and give the room interest.

The 10 per cent is an accent colour and can be used for decorative accessories, throw pillows and art work in the living room or accent pillows on the bed, lamps on the bedside table, and candles on the nightstand.