Welcome to the third instalment of our 2011 Colour Trend series and to the third colour theme entitled 'Made With Love'. What are your first thoughts? What could be meant by this theme's title? It makes me want to find out more; sounds almost 'cuddly' and I imagine that it will be a timeless palette that you could love for years to come...let us find out shall we?

The Idea Behind The Theme

This theme ties in with crafts and making things (remember your New Year's Resolutions!) It comes from the idea of not only buying and owning things but having your your own input on the items you buy or by making things from scratch; the perfect background for showing off handmade furnishings and personalised crafts. There is a growing interest in making things again with knitting clubs and cookery classes being the new social experience; the thought of being more Eco-aware and designs inspired by the simple beauty of nature also make up the driving force behind this colour palette. It is relaxed rather than showy, it is an appreciation for earth's materials and a love for all things we have come to take for granted.

The Colour Palette

There are three colours that highlight the 'Made With Love' colour theme – a deep warm blue like our oceans, a light grey-brown and a warm violet. Other colours which will be seen for this theme include rich blue-purples/berry shades, tawny brown, a light lemon, earthy browns and grey-blues.

Decorating The Home

  • This will be a gorgeous palette for dining rooms; especially those with a view of the garden. A grey-blue which represents the sky is used for walls and ceilings. Natural woods and aged furniture take centre stage with a rustic dining table and chairs, a side cabinet painted with a white tint and then sanded down to reveal some of the original wood. Light earthy browns and greys such as our tawny brown and the natural shades of clay and putty are introduced with table décor and simple textiles. Light woods and wicker will keep the room relaxed and fresh; do add a juicy berry colour as an accent – think about wall art or a table runner.

  • This colour palette is so easy to live with that it can be used in virtually any room. In a lounge, tawny brown is painted on the walls and a light airy yellow like our colour of the year can be used in a range of textiles and accessories. Add some depth to the room with an ocean blue that can highlight crafts and favourite pieces. Lots of natural light will help this colour theme so opt for light fabrics by the window – tab top voile curtains or wooden Venetian blinds which can control the light and privacy of the room.