We love a lifestyle post here at 3wisemonkeys, as some of us are really into our decor, homewares and the gadgets to match. We keep a close eye on new decorating and home styling ideas and love to know what colours are announced as the new trends. Yes, we are often found with a paint brush in our hands! Pink and more specifically rose quartz pink was a key colour in the last year and it’s new incarnation of millennial pink is a hugely popular colour for everything from paint to furniture to soft furnishings and now even Bluetooth speakers. Another and more surprising colour set to be big this year is fire engine red.
Yes, not only is a shock of bright red lipstick back along with ‘power red’ dressing in fashion, but a pop of stimulating red in the home is going to make a comeback over the year. Isabella Silvers, in Cosmopolitan, cites expert opinion from Farrow and Ball. Their Head of Creative, Charlotte Cosby, says that “bright red is a natural progression from dusky pinks and rosy faux furs” and adds that “red can change the way we feel depending on where it’s used in the home”.
(Image : Cosmopolitan, Isabella Silvers’ article, May 2017)
The piece recommends a strong red for a feature wall or a dining area, but if you’re not ready to commit to splashing your walls with red paint, adding a pop of red with a string of lights, some artwork, kitchen accessories and gadgets could be the way forward. Cosmo’s featured colour psychologist Karen Haller says “Red is hands down one of the feistiest shades in the rainbow. The colour of fire, anger and the sassy dancing lady emoji, crimson is a colour that wakes up both our minds and our bodies. Red works people up and raises their pulse rate. It’s a stimulating colour.” Pantone the global colour forecaster’s colour palette for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 is led by a vivid ‘Flame Scarlet’ and this forecast impacts everything from fashion and make up to interiors.
We’ve seen many more lifestyle industry recommendations for red and we can see our dining room chimney breast in pillar box red; that would go nicely with the bottle green tiles in the kitchen. I don’t think we’ll be braver that that when it comes to the walls. But how about another pop of red, earlier than you’d normally let it out of the box at Christmas :
The Denver VPL-120 retro record player at £39.99 +P&P is a stylish, vintage look turntable and our red model is right on trend. Really easy to use, it comes in a vintage-style suitcase with built-in speakers so it’s easy to carry around from room to room. The triple speed option allows you to play those favourite 33.3 rpm albums, the classic 45rpm singles and the really vintage 78rpm records. Unlike the old days of vinyl record players, the record will stop playing once it’s finished, there’s a line-out socket for external hi-fi or amplifier connection and a headphone jack. You can even record and share your new vinyl finds through a USB connection, which records the music onto your PC and converts it to MP3 or WAV files.
The Denver GSP-130 big button, Bluetooth, senior mobile flip phone in red at £29.99 +P&P, gives you that pop of red that you’re looking for, in a really handy gadget. It’s sleek, petite and stylish, and comes in red or black options. With it’s big buttons for easy dialling, talking number dial function, SOS button, it’s got great accessible features. Add in it’s SMS colour 2.4 inch display, 0.3 megapixel camera, SD card slot, fast dial, Bluetooth, torch, FM radio, alarm and calendar, it’s got everything you need in a senior phone.
Vintage cool and high fashion colour. We love it x
From the team at 3wisemonkeys