Utopia     Loves Items 20 Feb 2018

Are you brave enough to use these six vibrant hues from John Lewis of Hungerford? Here’s how…

Last month we previewed the twelve neutral hues of John Lewis of Hungerford’s 2018 colour palette – the first part of its ‘18 for 2018’ –  leaving us wondering about the other six… We can now declare the ‘Vibrancy Edit’, six bright and bold shades that will pull your kitchen scheme straight into summer, namely; Tangerine, Coralline, Indian Summer, Verditer, Passion Flower, and Snapdragon. Here’s how to use them:

Warm and energetic, the aptly named Tangerine is perhaps the most vibrant of the new additions. Consider calming this contemporary tone with a neutral grey such as Putty or Heron Grey, which will also help to incorporate any stainless-steel appliances you might have. Alternatively, the style-savvy eccentric may choose to keep the fire burning by making a two-tone scheme with Yellow Gold. Painted onto the walls, this tone also adds a warm glow to bare wood cabinetry, like ash and oak, for those who want to combine new with old.

Well suited to farmhouse kitchens, Coralline can add a richer tone than the pale pastels usually present in this quaint aesthetic. Reminiscent of millennial pink, this ‘pretty in pink’ tone suits frilly tablecloths, shaker furniture, floral decoration, and kitsch clocks pinned to the walls. Bonus points for Coralline painted display shelves holding vintage crockery collections.

Reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Indian Summer hints to our favourite season all year round. The more chromatically eclectic might splash Indian Summer on their walls to offset Blue Thistle cabinetry; while a broodier kitchen, perhaps for the archetypal bachelor-pad, can be achieved with Damson Blue or Midnight Green units. For those not afraid of the dark, Bramble can bring a sense of midnight to dramatically counter this high-noon shade.

Complemented by glass or gloss, Verditer looks great inside glazed cabinets, or against a shiny backsplash. Jewel tones will shimmer alongside this shade, so select sapphire chandeliers and emerald accessories to gleam against Verditer. Add plenty of mirrors and faux-diamond handles on your cabinetry for extra glam.

Darkly regal, Passion Flower speaks power. Create a powerfully pretty vibe with Lavender White. Alternatively, submit to this dominant tone, and paint the entirety of the units and walls with Passion Flower, sandwiched between a white ceiling and white floor to reflect some light. Hanging lighting with white lampshades can further alleviate the broodiness.