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1. POWDER BLUE
A shade that’s always been popular in the world of interiors, soft blue is set to be spring’s colour du jour. Powder Blue, the offering from Crown, has the quality of being both soothing and invigorating and offers plenty of design versatility. Used with crisp white, it creates a calming coastal feel, while as one block of colour it can be an enveloping breath of fresh air. Of course, its natural home is with other pastels, such as barely-there lemon and delicate pink, but for a more contemporary edge earthy shades like rust and terracotta will make this colour sing.
Shop: Walls and woodwork in Powder Blue matt emulsion, from £14 for 2.5ltr, Crown
Like its namesake, Cardamom, from Benjamin Moore’s Century collection, is enticingly warm and versatile. Deeper than ochre and earthier than gold, this rich yet understated tone strikes a refined note in south-facing rooms and creates an inviting, cocoon-like feel in less light-filled spaces. This hue favours brown furniture and other colours rooted in nature like forest greens and creamy whites. But a burst of a bold bright will also give it a wondrous lift.
Shop: Wall in Cardamom U2 soft touch matte, from £29 for 0.94ltr, Benjamin Moore
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3. ARCHITECTS WHITE
It’s the simplest of colours but, as anyone who has set off on the quest for the perfect white can attest, also one of the trickiest to get right. Zoffany’s Architects White, however, is an impressive multi-tasker. Warmer than its somewhat austere name suggests and therefore sensitive to north-facing rooms, it is also cool enough to escape the dreaded tinge of beige in sunnier spaces. A clever, calming hue that creates a clean yet liveable look.
Shop: Wall in Architects White elite emulsion, £49 for 2.5L, Zoffany at Style Library
4. BROWN BETTY
Earthy hues are enjoying a resurgence on both walls and furniture, so we are captivated by the delightfully-named Brown Betty – one of 14 new offerings from Atelier Ellis. Inspired by the colour of ‘the teapot on nana’s table’, it has the perfect mix of warmth and sophistication. This deep shade holds it own, but can be softened with blush, teal, ochre and moss green. We’re calling it our new neutral.
Shop: Wall and cabinet in Brown Betty matt emulsion, £51 for 2.5L, Atelier Ellis
5. BEYOND BLUE
A deceptive but delicious black, the blue undertones of this shade – from Paint & Paper Library’s new Monochrome collection – give a pleasurable richness and depth. When used with one of the whites in the collection, it will dramatically change the interplay of light and space in your room. Striking enough to take centre stage yet subtle and confident enough to allow other hues to shine, it’s a dream to work with.
This soft green is one of many muted heritage shades in Crown’s Period Collection, reflecting a move away from bolder traditional colours. Fresh, uplifting and light-enhancing, it lends elegance and calm to a living space.
Shop: Wall in Bandstand flat matt emulsion, £21.50 for 2.5L, Period Collection, Crown
A barely-there dusky pink, this irresistible shade is proof that our love for pale plaster hues endures. Masilla – Spanish for ‘putty’ – is a gentle neutral with red undertones for a hint of warmth. Such a delicate, unabashedly feminine hue will happily envelop most rooms, but would undoubtedly feel perfect in a bedroom or bathroom.
Shop: Wall and peg board in Masilla matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5L, Fired Earth.
This delicately understated grey, which was Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year 2019, has an easy-living and beautifully balanced neutral feel. It’s cool undertones adapt effortlessly to their surroundings, exuding a quiet intensity.
Shop: Walls, Metropolitan AF-690, from £66.50 for 3.79L, Benjamin Moore.