• In September, Pictured Rocks (also known as Nordic Sails 2) was revealed as the much-anticipated Colour of the Year for 2018 and needless to say, the F&HE team got excited (and creative). Pictured Rocks is a subtle and warm tone of grown-up pink that draws from the tactile qualities of natural wood and leather, conveying comfort and ease in response to consumers wanting to nestle down more and create a “welcome home”.

    The research – conducted by the Dulux colour team, together with a group of 11 international experts, revealed a strong overarching trend of consumers wanting to transform their homes into spaces of retreat from the outside world.

    With this in mind, we explored the ample opportunities of how we can transform our dining room – by creating 4 beautifully inspired table settings, perfect for entertaining this festive season (and every day after).

    1.     The Pictured Rocks Home

    Dulux Colour of the Year 2018 Pictured Rocks Home

    With its gentle pink tone, this table setting inspired by Pictured Rocks creates a sense of welcome in your dining room. The versatility of the shade means you can use it in a variety of colour combinations – everything from zesty greens to cool blues – to create a mood that feels right for you.

    2.     The Inviting Home

    Dulux Colour of the Year 2018 Inviting Home

    If you are an entertainer at heart, then this palette and table setting is for you. The Inviting Home brings comfort and convenience to life for those seeking to strengthen bonds and bring family and friends together. The cool shades of blue encourage a clear-headed approach to life, while neutrals and fresh sea green support the need for connection with the outside world. Softer pastel shades are enhanced by coal and ink blue.

    3.     The Comforting Home

    Dulux Colour of the Year 2018 Comforting Home

    Warm earth tones permeate this table setting, bringing together clay and blush pink tones to calm the mind, soothe the senses and shut out the noise. Rich, welcoming textures such as silk and velvet create a space that you want to touch and sink into. The lovely pink hues with splashes of purple and pops of vintage paperie make this the perfect table setting for a high tea or a light, fresh dinner with the family.

    4.     The Playful Home

    Dulux Colour of the Year 2018 Playful Home

    This inspirational table setting is created to invigorate the senses. Yellow-toned greens and with splashes of yellow and gold (and a pop of pink, of course) help spark the synapses and encourage a creative approach to life. The small, creative finishing touches and pops of colour add a sense of fun and energy to the room, making this table setting perfect for lunch with friends or a fun weekday supper during the warm summer months.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com