New Year, new home? Denim Drift was recently announced as Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2017 and it’s easy to see why. A versatile blue – based on sun bleached vintage denim, the colour works in any room of the house.
We were lucky recently to get time with Dulux’s Creative Director, Marianne Shillingford, and talk all things true blue:
Blue is quite a bold colour choice, have you got any top tips on how to make it work in multiple spaces?
Creating a blue colour scheme is successful when you choose shades that work beautifully together. This year the Colour of the Year, Denim Drift, has been teamed with a palette of blues which give you the confidence to get it right every time.
There are ten blues within the palette, five of them, including Denim Drift, are muted and atmospheric and the remaining five are cleaner, brighter hues that pack more of a punch. The whole collection has been designed to be used in combination across different elements of an interior from the walls to the furniture, furnishings and accessories.
You can turn the visual impact up with the brighter blues and down with the muted blues to suit the style and personality of a room and can be sure that none of them will ever look out of place
Are there any other trends that tie into Denim Drift and how easily can they be achieved at home?
Not even the most expensive wallpaper can mimic the beautiful effect you get with a hand painted blend of colours. This effect is easy to achieve with very little paint on an almost dry emulsion brush. Paint the whole wall in the background colour Denim Drift and once dry, paint a 30cm band of a deeper shade just above the skirting board.
Use just a small amount of the deeper colour on the brush to blend upwards and then soften the look by blending downwards with a small amount of Denim Drift. Carry on blending until you are happy with the effect.
Our Top Denim Drift Tips:
Keep it clean.
2017 is going to be a big year for keeping things simple and paired back. The blue-grey tones of Denim Drift work best when painted on a plain flat wall and left to make a statement. You may also find that the paint takes on a different colour and tone depending on what time of day it is.
Gently introduce the colour into a room with a dip-dyed, fading effect. Let the darker tones float nearer the bottom of the wall and disappear as it goes up, to create the illusion of more space in the room.
If you want to create more of a bold statement try mixing patterns with a similar tone or hue. Accessories and room dressing also offer a great (and budget friendly) alternative to updating your whole paint scheme.
Denim Drift is a timeless shade and will work well with furniture form any era, natural tones work very well framed against the cool blue – which gives plenty of opportunity to make the most of up cycling vintage furniture.