A guide to the latest paint colour trend: natural tones
Stuck on choosing the right colour to paint your new Geelong Homes home? When it comes to your interior style, colour is the simplest way to make a bold statement or create calming ambience to a space — so finding the right balance takes an expert eye.
Geelong Homes’ paint supplier of choice is Haymes Paint. Haymes Paint is Australian owned and has been operating since 1935. The Haymes Colour Library is made up of classic favourites as well as the latest trends in paint colours. Its latest addition to its Colour Library is Volume 13 CALIBRATE.
According to Haymes: “CALIBRATE contains three different palettes all focussing on different tones and hues that link back to embracing change in a positive and sustainable way.”
“Our new CALIBRATE palette encompasses thoughts around aligning your home to your true core beliefs and priorities for the future with a positive spin on interiors being a place that can nurture, uplift and empower you to live your best life,” says Wendy Rennie, Haymes Colour and Concept Manager.
So what tone and hues make up this palette and how can you use it in your new Geelong Homes’ home?
Haymes says the EQUILIBRIUM palette is based on the idea of finding a balance among the demands of our everyday lives.
“The tones of the EQUILIBRIUM palette explore our powerful connection to nature, bringing it to the forefront of interior spaces,” Haymes says. “The palette brings together colours that complement each other whilst also being great on their own.”
Wendy Rennie, Haymes Colour and Concept Manager, suggests that in the bedroom, it’s best to start with finding the right base colour.
“Build on your base colour with accessories and accent colours that help give you the overall vibe you’re going for,” Wendy says.
This bedroom features the colour ‘Haymes Paint Abstract Mood’. Haymes describes this as a neutral that incorporates the earthiness of the palette. It can be freshened up when paired with the vibrant tones of the colour ‘Haymes Paint Pastel Pine’ in the duvet cover and white and bone ceramics.
Wendy says this colour scheme is a great base for the bedroom.
“It’s a nice mid-tone colour that creates something of a more intimate vibe for a bedroom, whilst still being lively with the hint of those fresher hues,” she says.
She says through the accents in the EQUILIBRIUM palette the overall feeling achieved in this look is calm and uplifting whilst also fresh and bright.
The palette also works well in your living or dining areas for a more neutral colour scheme.
“Here we have used the palette with the focus on the soft warm tone of ‘Haymes Paint Stoneware’ as our base colour,” Wendy says.
“The natural wood in the room brings the warmth of the palette to life creating an inviting, soft and relaxed space. This is perfect for living areas as they are at the heart of the home.”
The “neo mint” colour trend is one of the most popular of 2020. The colour ‘Haymes Paint Pastel Pine’ is fresh and really embraces this trend. When teamed with neutrals it can be uplifting but on its own it’s fresh and preppy.
According to Haymes: “As a standalone colour, the energy and freshness this mint tone offers can’t help but make a space feel bright and also contemporary.”
Wendy says you should use this colour in areas of the home where you want to make a statement.
“Pair it with white and geometric shapes for the ultimate impact,” she says. “And use ‘Haymes Paint Modesty White’ as the white to team it with.”
The second palette of CALIBRATE is POSITIVE LIGHT. Haymes says this palette explores the idea that nature is powerful and also fragile through deep blue tones and lighter shades.
Haymes says blue is often a colour many can love or leave and find it intimidating to bring into the home.
“I continually believe I am drawn to greens but learning more about the qualities of blue and how fun it can be, it does lend itself to many looks,” Wendy says.
In the bedroom, blue is a great option for a pop of colour.
In this example, Haymes have used two tones of blue to show how transformative colour use can be in a space.
“The appeal of this in a bedroom is in being a space where we want to feel like we are out of the mainstream of the house,” Wendy says.
“Once again using beautiful accessories of new and old, handmade and precious personal items help to build a space that feels completely individual and more like a sanctuary to retreat to at the end of the day.”
Blue tones in office spaces, desks or nooks are also a great way to add blocks of colour in your home.
“It is also a great way to help get you into a different frame of mind, as the colour helps act as a divide from the rest of the home,” Wendy says. “You can come into the space ready to work or concentrate. The high energy of ‘Haymes Paint Debonair’ helps you to feel motivated and focussed all at the same time.”
“Having items that are functional but look and feel nice help to keep you in the zone,” Wendy says.
“Colour coding your stationery and having items like plants help to make the space feel both organised and positive to be in which is so important to keep you productive. Natural materials can also help. As pictured, the introduction of a wooden benchtop helps to ground the space.”
The last palette in EQUILIBRIUM is called HOME GROWN, and is based on “embracing comfort within your own home”.
Haymes believes that when navigating a fast-paced, driven lifestyle, this palette will encourage us to look inwards and towards our own homes as a place of sanctuary and refuge.
“When you have a palette that is as harmonious as this grouping of beautiful neutrals you can create a space that is comforting in its soft and relaxed feel,” Haymes says.
“Natural textures and fibres paired with wood and oversized furniture creates a feeling of relaxation. Inviting the whole family to come and go as they please.”
Wendy says that picking a base colour can be the trickiest part of creating a lounge room.
“Picking a colour with just the right depth that isn’t too warm or cool and not too yellow or grey can be a daunting task,” she says.
“That is where ‘Haymes Paint Refuge 3’ comes in. As a base it offers the perfect in-between colour, not too brown or yellow and not too grey. It feels like the perfect neutral for a home when you have large character features, it’s great to really highlight those. You can see how this can work with the contrast between the walls and the frameworks below.”
With HOME GROWN you can also be a little more adventurous with its beautiful browns and red undertones.
“Using soft tones like ‘Haymes Paint Toadstool’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ instantly makes a space feel cocooning and nurturing to be in,” Haymes says. “Combining neutrals once again makes it feel relaxed.”
Haymes Paint is Geelong Homes’ paint supplier of choice. Haymes’ latest addition to its Colour Library is Volume 13 CALIBRATE. CALIBRATE contains three different palettes all focussing on different tones and hues that link back to embracing change in a positive and sustainable way.
- EQUILIBRIUM palette explores our powerful connection to nature, bringing it to the forefront of interior spaces. The palette brings together colours that complement each other whilst also being great on their own. It’s made of neutral tones with green and brown undertones.
- POSITIVE LIGHT palette explores the idea that nature is powerful and also fragile through deep blue tones and lighter shades.
- HOME GROWN palette is made of beautiful neutrals that can be used to create a space that is comforting in its soft and relaxed feel. The palette is made of neutral tones with brown or red undertones.
In the Geelong Homes Style Studio with the guidance of our professional colour consultants you can explore this range plus many more to find the right palette for you home.
Photography by Annette O’Brien and Martina Gemmola. Styling by Ruth Welsby.
Thanks to suppliers Arttoart, Eleanor Millard, Josh Fartch, Laura White, Sara Rowe, Aura, Bobby Clark, Bonnie and Neil, Canvas + Sasson, Coco Flip, Cone11 Ceramics, Cultiver, Globe West, Halcyon Lake, Hay, House of Orange, Ingrain, Jardan, Kazari + Ziguzagu, Mud Australia, Nord Mordern, Pepite, Clae Studio, Emily Ellis, La Petite Frabrique de Brunswick, Simone Karras, Seljak, Southwood and Tide Design.