Neutrals are still very much following the big trends in 2018. This is being pushed by art and textures so pair the neutral colours with interesting typography, patterns and materials for personality and character.

Combine with pinks and browns, and ground designs with darker colours, such as oranges, navys, greens and mustard yellows.

Light blues

Light blue will start bridging the gap between the neutrals trend and the bright colours trend (see below). In the examples, you can see it being used as a secondary colour in a neutrals palette to create a point of difference and a pop of colour! This is a colour we’ll start to see being increasingly used through design.


Bright colours

This neutral/muted trend means that some designs are pushing colours as a point of difference. Other colours that are beginning to push through are:

The Pantone colour of the Year 2019, Living Coral;
Bright colour palettes a la Matisse.

L-R: Camilla Perkins Illustration, Yellow Odalisque Henri Matisse 1937, Pantone colour of the year 2019, Pantone 9344 U, Matisse Blue Nude II, Illustration from Frankie Magazine Calendar.