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Spiced Honey – Deliciously Dulux

Words: Polly

Photos: Dulux / Furniture Choice

“Live life with a little spice”

Spiced Honey is a warm neutral, which makes it so adaptable to pair with different materials and styles of decoration. Dulux laud it for “rich caramel tones [that] visually turn up the thermostat a few degrees, so it’s perfect for creating a relaxed cosy atmosphere”. Good for places where we like to work, dine or relax then. However, as a caramel, it could be mistaken as being quite limited due to it’s brown undertones, but it is actually really versatile. Sitting well with blush, creams, whites or lilacs for a calm, reflective feel, a dash of mustard gives it a 70’s vibe, and it works surprisingly well with intense dark shades like this black leather Carlton sofa (scroll down. £399, Furniture Choice), with navy, charcoal or petrol blue-blacks like Cobalt Night (also Dulux) shown in the kitchen (scroll down).  It’s the Dulux Colour of The Year for 2019 due to its ‘positive emotional energy’,  or it could be just a little bit, well, brown? What do you think?

Here’s a couple of moodboards to show a couple of ways to style it;

(Left) Textural – mixing visually strong textures for a structural look, featuring sustainable Xorel Coil – a brilliantly versatile textile for wall covering, upholstery/cushion fabric, for lampshades, headboards or even decorative shapes (Carnegie Fabrics), Walden Blind in Como Midnight, smooth buttery-soft tan leather for comfort and warmth (Como sofa, Design Within Reach), rich rosewood to echo the tan leather (try Cognac Curly Anigre by Arborite), Pollen bookcase (Roche Bobois), Valeo floor lamp (CERNO), ‘Love Force Field’ striped art by Oliver Gal, and ‘Brick’ clock in copper (Leff).

(Right) Harmony – combining soft velvet in blush and warm grey (cushion, Next | Eden sofa, Sofa Workshop), with pale weathered oak (, a Dayton cushion for a smidge of pattern (Soho Home) and a Rose City pendent ( for a hint of black.

Carlton Sofa, Black, £399
Spiced Honey with Cobalt Night, both by Dulux

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