Interior design, Dulux, New Colours and the Ideal Home Show

Interior design shows, peeking at people’s houses via estate agent websites and similar obsessions are all things that make me ridiculously happy.

One of these days I will take my love of interior design one step further and actually manage to get to the Ideal Home show. New colours, new styles and more for me to bask in. It sounds heavenly.

Until that day comes I will keep myself going with updates from those that did attend. Dulux sent me a sneaky peak at some of the new colours they chose to highlight at the show this year so I thought I’d share them with you! At the show Dulux took over Santiago House to produce the largest show home exhibition ever seen. Their colour experts used a variety of trends and colour combinations to show an array of contemporary living spaces.

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When I do get my bottom in gear and get organised enough to get to the Ideal Home show I’m planning on taking the lovely Karen who kick-started my love of interior design. I just haven’t told her yet! Has anyone reading this been to the show? Is it as good as it sounds? From the pictures sent by Dulux alone I expect the whole event is like the interior design fan’s personal version of heaven. Do let me know if you’ve been and how you found it!

For more details on the new shades visit the Dulux website.

Fire cracker 4

No, this isn’t the name of the new must-see film due to hit the big screen, it is the name of the must-see (and much talked about) spring feature colour from Dulux.

Fire cracker 4 - Spring colour from Dulux

Some of you will know that I am a bit of an interior design tart. I constantly update my home with touches of colour and new accessories and spend many hours glued to the home and living channels on Sky. I love home interiors. I adore seeing how a little bit of colour can completely turn a room.
As well as browsing the TV renovation show I have been known to hit the estate agent websites for inspiration. So many interiors that I can admire or look at and try and work out what it needs to bring it to life. I’m pretty convinced that in another life I will be a very famous interior designer.

Someone representing Dulux emailed me recently about their newest feature colour, Fire Cracker 4. Often I gloss over these emails but the colour jumped out at me. Fire Cracker 4 is bright, vibrant and very exciting! Would I use it in my house? Possibly, I’m hesitating only because my home is a very traditional home built in 1880 which needs a lot of light colours for people to appreciate the size of the rooms.  I would love to see it on the estate agent websites or on DIY SOS though because I’m sure that there is a way I could incorporate it into my home!

Such a gorgeous colour which could be used for a feature wall, inside glass front cupboards, for whole rooms or half rooms if painting up to a picture rail. This is a colour that an complete transform a room. If I used it I would couple it with bold textiles and smooth lines. Funky and modern is a good way to describe this colour yet in the right room it could also turn from invigorating to calming and restful as it is a warm and very versatile colour.

Would you use Fire Cracker 4? Could you see yourself with such a bold colour in your home? Feed my interior design love and tell me what you think of this season’s key colour and if you do like it, where you would use it.

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