Last week, Dulux announced their Colour of the Year 2019, and the winner was, drumroll please… Spiced Honey. Not dissimilar from the inviting tones of last year's choice of Heart Wood, Spiced Honey is a warm, enticing paint shade, but what we love about it is its versatility.
At first glance, it does look like just another standard neutral, but combined with different palettes, Spiced Honey really comes into its own. Mix it with deep purples and powder pinks to create a tranquil, soothing space but throw it in with a vivid red and bright blues and it suddenly it becomes a much braver, bolder colour.
Want to know how to style your rooms with the colour of 2019? Find out with these colour scheming and design ideas.
1. Get an on trend retro vibe
There’s definitely something a bit retro about Spiced Honey: the warm, amber undertones really remind us of the soft, earthy shades of the '60s and '70s. To get the look, combine Spiced Honey with polished woods, Mid-century furniture and a few graphic prints.
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2. Ground softer shades with caramel hues
Spiced Honey is the perfect shade for bringing depth and definition to those more powdery pastels. If you love the look of soft shades, just try adding a few accents of honey to ground the look – in this living room, just the smallest accent around the windows does the trick.
Find more gorgeous living room paint colour schemes for your home.
3, 4. and 5. Try out colour blocking
We still love the colour blocking trend and by the looks of it so does everyone else. Check out these different combinations using Spiced Honey…
For those of you who love a statement feature wall try combining Spiced Honey with bold, playful colours like bright reds and oranges. (Keep reading for advice on how to recreate this awesome hexagonal design.)
The honey tones work perfectly in contrast with this deep forest green and crisp white, too.
Want a more subtle combination? Try Spiced Honey with cool neutrals like a grey or stormy blue.
6. See, neutral colours can be vibrant, too
Along with the Colour of the Year, Dulux also unveiled four different palettes, all featuring Spiced Honey, all with very different vibes. If you are a fan of brighter more vibrant interiors, then the Act Palette is going to be your thing. With really vivid colours like Dynamite Red, Active Orange and Open Sky, Spiced Honey suddenly becomes much more playful.
7. Get creative and DIY a honeycomb design
For a quirky take on the geometric trend why not try stencilling a honeycomb pattern in Spiced Honey to create a feature wall? We are completely on board with dark interiors at the moment so of course we love how Spiced Honey looks against this deep blue.
Check out this step-by-step video to master the look at home.
8. Or, try this hack for creating circular patterns
9. Paint the ceiling in Spiced Honey
This is a trend we are seeing creeping in and we think it’s going to be big in 2019. We have this tendency to always keep our ceilings white (or cream or magnolia or some other shade of greige) but the ceiling is really just another canvas for colour. Spiced Honey is perfect for ceilings because it’s just neutral enough to not take over the whole room, but has enough impact so it won’t just go unnoticed.
If you are keen to give this trend a try, check out our guide to how to paint a ceiling.