I always watch with interest what the paint companies are up to. They are heavily invested in forecasting and defining trends and their annual colour palettes as well as colours of the year are always a good gauge of bigger directions in lifestyle and interiors. Hot of the presses is Dulux’s Colour Of The Year 2016, called Cherished Gold. I wasn’t convinced at first – yellow-based interior paints always make me think of the 90s and sunflower-hued walls – but looking at their pictures, especially when combined with the complementary colours they’ve chosen to make up a modern palette, the more I really dig it. According to the press release, the hue was inspired by ‘Heritage and Future; by the paintings of the old masters as well as modern design trends: fashion, graphic design, architecture and decor that have all clearly been inspired by gold and feature an element of the precious metal in them. Yes, I could definitely get my head around using this rich ochre shade somewhere in my home, particularly a bathroom or feature wall in a kitchen in combination with dusky pink or muted duck egg. What’s your take on this very grown-up colour?