Following on from 2017’s tranquil theme with Denim Drift, Dulux are reflecting the current desire for a retreat from the world with their 2018 Colour of the Year: Heart Wood.

In times of unpredictability and uncertainty, Heart Wood invites feelings of balance and restfulness. The aim is to transform your home into an inviting space where you can shut out the rest of the world, relax and unwind.

A smoky mauve with a hint of pink, this comforting colour inspires calm and warmth. Introduce it into your scheme in luxurious velvets or natural linens, in the form of cushions or even a striking one-off piece of upholstery. If you’re not quite so daring, go for modern accessories like candles or tableware in this shade, complemented by lighting in distressed woods or tarnished metallics. 

Flowing on from last year’s colour trends, Heart Wood suits being combined not only with similar nude and pinkish hues, but also with deep, rich blues - perfect for creating a welcoming environment in your own personal sanctuary.

“Providing the comfort and reassurance we're all seeking, it's the perfect antidote to the mood of the moment – channeling a real sense of calm and warmth during such times of uncertainty,” says Dulux colour and design expert Rebecca Williamson. (

“We can't wait to see homes across the globe transformed into true sanctuaries.”