With Jubilee fever almost at its peak, Brits have been embracing their patriotism and seeking inspiration from the Queen herself. The Monarch’s favourite colour palette is sparking an interiors trend, with her favourite pastel shades making their way onto thewalls of the nations homes.
Recent independent research conducted by Homebase has revealed that a third of the nation has declared they have decorated their Home in the same pastel shades much loved by the Queen.
The soft lilac Magical paint in the Home of Colour range has seen a massive 116% increase in popularity over the past year, with the queen favouring it as her outfit choice last Monday when she visited this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Queen’s favourite colour Blue has also been prevalent in her Jubilee tour outfit choices with Homebase seeing an 84% leap in its matching paint colour, Sky.
Richard Johnson, Paint Buyer at Homebase says, ‘Pastel shades have seen a real resurgence over the last year with customers leaning towards softer colours in their homes. In a year of national celebration, it’s natural to take inspiration from all things British, especially trends from the catwalk or the outfits worn by those welook up to. Homebase has a range of the Queen’s favourite palette of ice-Cream coloured hues that will brighten any room.’
Angela Wright, colour psychologist says ‘The colours that you choose to wear and have in your home reveal a lot about your state of mind and personality. Colour trends are usually an expression of Society's mood; I think what is being expressed right now is a wish for us all to 'lighten up'. Pastels capture that lightness and the celebratory spirit that has inspired the country, with the Queen giving us the perfect excuse to rebel against the grey of austerity over recent years. The nation is opening up and welcoming her into our homes, as well as our hearts.’
Homebase has worked with Angela Wright to reveal what signals the Home of Colour paint colours give out below:
Meadow (worn by the Queen at the Burnley Jubilee tour)
– a light soft green, this is a reassuring colour; green always restores balance, and when we see green in the landscape, we know instinctively that we are not going to starve, so we are reassured.
Magical (worn by the Queen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show)
– a very delicate light Blue/purple, this colour is soothing; it calms the mind and communicates trust and reliability. (Interestingly, purples are associated with the higher mind and magic).
Pale Duck Egg (worn by the Queen at the Fortnum & Mason visit)
– a pale blue, this is a friendlier colour than most - it combines the values of blue, green and yellow and yet somehow always manages to be classy.
Lemon Juice (worn by the Queen at the Royal Wedding)
– a light yellow. Yellow is the colour of optimism and creativity; it is one of the psychological primary colours and it activates the emotions, the ego and self-confidence.
Ballet (worn by the Queen at the Manchester Jubilee tour)
– a delicate light Pink. Pink is the colour of the feminine principle and activates the nurturing instinct. It is physically soothing, and is very effective both to wear and to paint your home (especially the bedroom as itwill help you to sleep well).
Sky (worn by the Queen at the North London Jubilee tour)
– quite a bright turquoise, it’s a very inspirational colour, which also has associations with spirituality but in a light-hearted way.
Peach (worn by the Queen at Royal Ascot)
– a light warm shade, it has similar properties to Ballet Pink, but it has muchmore yellow in it, making it more fun. It is not orange, but it is going more in that direction - and orange is the number one fun colour.
Homebase Home of Colour range is available from stores nationwide.