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How to style Epoch, Graham & Brown’s Colour of the Year

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How to style Epoch, Graham & Brown’s Colour of the Year

Graham & Brown’s Colour of the Year 2021, Epoch, is a proud, regal, and luxurious tone. For the bold, it can shape dramatic, high-impact interiors, but can also be pared back for those that favour more subdued, soothing schemes. Here, Abby Hesketh, Product Manager and Paint & Colour Specialist at Graham & Brown shares her expert tips for styling Epoch within the home.

Tonal pairings

Tonal pairings are a great way to make use of rich, expressive shades whilst still keeping things fairly safe. Epoch works brilliantly when used as a feature wall partnered with lighter hues of lavender and heather. This will soften the impact of the darker colour whilst ensuring that all walls of the room tie together cohesively.

Colour block

Colour blocking is a creative way to incorporate Epoch into a space. Below you’ll see a super easy geometric design using just three Graham & Brown paints – Epoch, Spiced Mulberry, and Baby Powder. The result is a light and airy feature that would make a fun addition to a kid’s bedroom, playroom, or even a lounge.

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Image: Epoch, Spiced Mulberry, Baby Powder Resistance Ultra Matt Emulsion, all £44 per 2.5L, Graham & Brown
Inject drama

If drama is your goal then try pairing Epoch with other equally vivid colours. Partnering Epoch with shades of teal will result in an opulent, peacock-inspired look, whilst adding pops of peach can shape a playful yet sophisticated space.

Highlight features

A trend we’ve noticed gathering momentum is pale walls paired with skirting boards and doors painted in a darker shade. This is a great way to highlight the architectural features of a room. And it also adds a cosy element whilst still building depth and structure as we head into the autumn-winter months. Use Epoch across all the woodwork within a room. Then pair it with either a lighter shade of purple for a sophisticated tonal scheme, or with a mid-grey with warm undertones for lightweight feel.

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Image: Epoch Resistance Ultra Matt Emulsion, £44 per 2.5L, Graham & Brown
Create a drop-ceiling effect

Finally, consider creating a drop-ceiling effect by using Epoch on the ceiling but then continuing the colour down to picture rail height. This is one of my favourite interiors trends and will work well with any of the perfectly partnered Graham & Brown paint shades.

Featured image: Epoch Resistance Ultra Matt Emulsion, £44 per 2.5L, Graham & Brown.

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