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When it comes to interiors, colour is a huge, if not the most important, player. It sets the mood of the entire room, and in turn, influences the kind of decor you have to work with. Pick the wrong hue, and everything will be thrown off-guard, whereas the right one can have an enormous transformative effect. But, as evidenced by the weight of global announcements, such as Pantone’s Colour of the Year, gone are the days of picking a traditional neutral (those varying shades of cream or white). Instead, there’s an increasing open-mindedness when it comes to hues of the home, and 2018 will be no different.

According to Dulux, 2018’s colour palettes fulfil one thing: balance. Whether it’s between work and play, giving back and taking the time for self-care, or mixing the old and the new, the new shades will prioritise personalisation over prescription — paving the way for individual expression and customisation. “Natural, earthy colours and textures will be coming to the fore and there will be even more of an appreciation for the splendour of imperfection” says Dulux Colour Expert Andrea Lucena-Orr. “At the same time, we’ll also see an inspiring travel palette emerging.” Ahead, you’ll find the 12 biggest emerging paint trends, along with some tricks to get the look in your home.