In the last of our series of posts on Pantone’s spring colours for 2014, we look at 3 lovely pale shades and show you how you can bring these colours to your home, without breaking the bank.

Here are Paloma, Hemlock and Sand…


Wilko Matt emulsion in Pearl Greygrey bath sheet grey sweetie jar lampWilko grey trees wallpaper

From left: Wilko Matt emulsion in Pearl Grey (2.5l) – £13.95Grey bath sheet£8 (or 2 for £12)Grey sweetie jar lamp£30Wilko trees wallpaper£8 

grey armchairgrey double duvet setwillow magazine totegrey glass bottle vase

From left: Wilko Wentworth armchair£175Pale grey duvet set (double) – £15Willow magazine tote£7Grey glass bottle vase£5

Described by Pantone as a ‘quintessential neutral’, Paloma is a soft grey with just a subtle suggestion of blue. Greys are often paired with black and white in a monochrome palette but brighter shades such as highly saturated yellows, oranges, pinks and teals, or pastel mints, blues and lilacs seem to bring new aspects to the colour. We particularly love a Paloma-Freesia combo!

Pale grey looks great on walls, providing a blank canvas with a bit of sophisticated character; while grey furniture and accessories provide perfect accents for brighter colours.


Wilko paint in Mint Crispbaking in progress signwisteria room dividerretro style mint microwave

From left: Wilko Matt emulsion in Mint Crisp (2.5l) – £13.95“Baking in Progress” sign£3.50Wisteria room divider£75Mint retro-style microwave£70

turquoise throwturquoise table lampturquoise duvet setwilko mint mechanical scales

From left: Turquoise throw£6Turquoise table lamp£12.50Turquoise duvet set (single) – £12Wilko mechanical scales£10 

Hemlock is a sweet, gentle shade completely lacking in the acidic or harsh qualities often associated with green. Conjuring images of 50s ice cream parlours and vintage Vespas; Hemlock-esque mints can be found on everything from jumpers to nail varnish in the fashion world this season but it’s an equally delicious shade for interior design. This pastel hue is a brilliant contemporary alternative to more traditional neutrals, lending a touch of soft colour without being intrusive.

Hemlock works particularly well with Paloma (above) but that’s not the extent of its potential. A shade worth experimenting with this spring; you’ll be surprised at how many colours it goes with.


Wilko paint in Sandbeige bath sheetstriped storage basketglass perfume bottle

From left: Wilko Silk emulsion in Sand (2.5l) – £13.95Beige bath sheet£8 (or 2 for £12)Wilko striped storage basket£4Glass perfume bottle£4

Superfresco beige wallpaperbeige enamel caddybeige wool rug beige knitted cushion

From left: Superfresco beige wallpaper – £12; Beige enamel caddy – £10; Wool rug (110x160cm) – £80; Cream knitted cushion – was £35, now £28

Sand provides a warm update on beige – the ultimate neutral. With a suggestion of terracotta colouring, Sand conjures up thoughts of sun-kissed tiles beneath bare feet and gives an unobtrusive glow that’s far removed from the burning heat of an orange or red shade. Where creams and beiges can sometimes feel cool and impersonal – and khaki a little too ‘desert storm’- Sand is unarguably a welcoming summer tone.

Though Sand is an earthy colour, don’t feel limited to teaming it with other earthy hues. Brown and beige may be a classic neutral look but Sand provides a great base for all kinds of colours. Teamed with Dazzling or Placid Blue, the combination makes us think of blue sea, clear skies and sandy beaches – and we all need a bit more of that in our lives!

In case you missed them, here are our other Pantone colour posts:

Cayenne, Celosia Orange and Freesia

Dazzling Blue, Placid Blue, Radiant Orchid and Violet Tulip

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