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Here’s how self-care is already influencing 2019’s interior trends

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As part of Stylist’s Kindfulness Project, we are encouraging our readers to be more compassionate – both to themselves and others. Here, we examine how the concept of mindfulness is inspiring the interior trends for 2019.

We spend a great deal of time our time in our homes, so it is important to create a space that calms and soothes us. They say a tidy room equals a tidy mind, but can this metaphor be taken a step further? 

It’s commonly believed that cool-toned colours like blue have a calming effect on us and green, for example, can encourage creative thinking, and interior design experts have been considering the impact of colour on mood when looking ahead at next year. Many paint companies have already begun announcing interior trends for 2019, as well as the specific tones and paint colours they’ll be promoting and forecasting to be popular. And, from Pantone to Dulux, we’re seeing a lot of calming, relaxed, neutral tones with big blue and green influences – all of which have specifically been chosen to represent the natural world and our need to re-connect with it. 

Throughout the industry, many of 2019’s biggest shade’s descriptions share similar connotations, with many brands referencing “consciousness”, “calm” and “balance” as the desired effect for painting your walls these colours.

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As a nod to being kinder to the planet and thinking about our environmental impact, Dulux’s colour of the year is a deep forest green called Night Watch. Not only does the company say this colour “emulates the feeling of lush greenery, recreating a nature-inspired, calming yet invigorating euphoria”, but it also represents a wider need in society to recenter ourselves and “slow down the advancement of some technologies and the reliance on social media.”

Benjamin Moore has similarly chosen to headline its 2019 collection with a “calm and composed” Metropolitan grey, which they say exudes “balance” as well as glamour and beauty. The wider collection features a lot of smokey greys, soft greens and tranquil blues, all of which would give an instantly peaceful feel to a living room or bedroom.

We’ve picked out three of our favourite calming shades with examples of how to recreate the look at home, making a space that will help you relax and recenter after a hectic day. 

Night Watch

This deep green from Dulux Canada gives a nod to nature while providing an instant dose of sophistication for any room. It would make for a gorgeous statement wall, or cloak a snug or study in a feeling of calm and contemplation. 

Recreate the look with our edit below. 

Metropolitan 

Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan grey exudes calm and works beautifully layered with other greys or against a bolder colour, like rich navy. Bathed in natural light or warmly lit with lamps, it’s the perfect tone for a living space. 

Recreate the look with our edit below. 

Spiced Honey 

The ultimate colour of optimism, Spiced Honey is Dulux UK’s biggest pick for 2019 because of its ability to reflect the “positive mood of the moment” while being calming at the same time. We love its warm amber tone and grounding nature. 

Recreate the look with our edit below. 

Images: Courtesy of brands / Getty 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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