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Annie Sloan's 2024 Colour Predictions

“Above all, don’t be afraid of colour. Use it to discover your own personal style and celebrate it.”
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Oxford’s own Annie Sloan CBE – fine artist, paint-maker, colour expert, entrepreneur, and author – has opened her archives for OX Homes. For this issue, Annie’s looking ahead with her 2024 Colour Predictions.

This year I predict a movement towards colours which empower and allow for full self-expression, using paints which are sustainable and kind to the planet.

Wall Paint in Olive Chalk Paint in Chateau Grey and Primer Red Ticking in Olive curtain

Let’s start with Olive. The red pigment keeps it warm and serene and its natural-toned green speaks to nature. It is a particularly tranquil shade, which will change with the light in your room – paler than forest green, deeper and more dramatic than sage. It’s a dynamic shade and will resonate in any room.

Chalk Paint in Paprika Red

Bathroom Satin Paint In Canvas Riad Terracotta

Next, I turn to terracotta, particularly my Paprika Red Chalk Paint or Riad Terracotta Wall Paint. I love to see it used in kitchens and dining spaces, sparking creativity and encouraging a warm conviviality. I know it may seem synonymous with the early 00s, but I love it still. It creates intimacy and it also references the Hamman spas of Morocco, so can be particularly striking in a bathroom. In fact, I’ve recently used Riad Terracotta in my own bathroom and am delighted by its contrast with the very traditional fixtures and fittings in my Victorian house. I find it very elegant.

Old Ochre and Paris Grey Wall Paint

If you want a timeless choice, look no further than Old Ochre. It is beige but it has surprising richness and a velvety finish which whispers indulgence – very much in keeping with the trend towards quiet luxury. I love colour, so perhaps this is an unusual choice, but it is all about how you use it – and which other colours you pair it with. Contrast it with Athenian Black for drama or a blue green like Aubusson Blue to bring out its warmth. It is understated and contemporary.

wildinthewolds after colour drenching with Cambrian Blue

Equally sophisticated, Cambrian Blue has a steely strength which makes it a wonderful choice for working areas like a home office. Like dark denim blue, this beautiful cool shade will go with everything. It also makes a self-assured statement in hallways or even on your front door. The grey pigments in the paint reflect the light making it one of my more changeable shades. At time grey like cloudy sky before morphing into a quietly confident restful blue.

Capri Pink Sideboard Mirror And Vase

For contrast, how about a pop of Capri Pink? It really helps to add personality to an otherwise neutral space. Try it out on some upcycled furniture to feel the joy of its vivid tone or for full effect, cover your walls in a hybrid Hollywood Regency-inspired statement.

Frida Blue Mexican Design Inspired Cupboard by Dingley Dell

Finally, I’m thrilled to introduce my newest shade; Frida Blue. Named for Frida Kahlo who painted her home in Mexico City in this beguiling, energising colour. I’ve been using it on furniture and am thrilled by the jolt of colour it injects into its surrounding space. Do try it, I promise you’ll love it.

Pairing Notes

1. Try Olive green with natural wood to bring out its organic feel. Add an unexpected regal note with touches of gold.

2. For a grounded look, rich terracotta should be balanced with neutral grey or grey-toned green.

3. Old Ochre can be used to make a bouji style statement with the right accessories; shaggy rugs, textured boucle fabrics and pared back décor. Alternatively, play up its inherent elegance with muted pastels.

4. Cambrian Blue works well against soft pinks with metallic accents for that popular Scandi-inspired airy chic.

5. Be bold and confident with Capri Pink and Frida Blue – try either with clashing contrasts like hot red, zingy turquoise or more restrained but equally striking navy blue.

6. Above all, don’t be afraid of colour. Use it to discover your own personal style and celebrate it. Make your living spaces empowering and dynamic.


New build houses
Thu 18 Jul 2024

Congratulations! Buying a new home is such an exciting moment. Whether it is your very first home or you are upgrading your current property for something a bit nicer, there is no feeling like it. New build homes are such a great investment. Not only are they brand new for your family but you can feel confident that they have been designed with the future in mind. Many properties come with eco-friendly features which are great for safeguarding your family. Financing a new home can be a bit of a minefield. Let’s take a look at how you could buy your new home as well as some things to look out for along the way. Mortgage Mortgages are the most common financing option when buying a home. Buyers of new builds can benefit from mortgages designed for the intricacies of the new build process. Lenders may be a lot more critical when looking at your application as there is less security for them with a new build. As construction timelines can be subject to delays and issues, be sure to keep in touch with your lender and see if you can extend your mortgage in principal agreement. You may be able to get some help with buying a new build home. If you are a first-time buyer, look into whether you are eligible for a discount under the First Homes Scheme. Incentives from builders It is in the best interest of building developers to sell their new homes, so some may offer you incentives. You may be offered cash towards your deposit which will be transferred to your solicitor on completion. If you do take advantage of this, remember to inform your mortgage lender. For people who have already purchased a home, developers may be able to help you sell your old house. A developer-assisted sale is one where they will aid you with independent valuations, appropriate deals or the actual sale. This is often free, and they may pay for your estate agency fees. Hidden costs Buying a house can come with hidden costs such as stamp duty and moving costs. Delays in the construction of your new build can often be costly too. When thinking about your moving budget, it is wise to incorporate a buffer zone for additional expenses. Advice The home-buying process is not a straightforward one, so seeking help from professionals is prudent. A lot of the process includes legal intricacies which will be beyond your capabilities. Mortgage brokers, for example, will be invaluable when it comes to getting you a mortgage in principle that works for your situation. Not only will you be able to get the best deal and save money, but a broker will save you so much time. Instructing a firm of solicitors will also be worth the expense. They can do land searches, deed transfers and keep everything above board for you going forward.

Endellion Lycett Green - you drifted by
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This summer the Laura Lopes Gallery presents works by botanical artist Endellion Lycett Green in the Tithe Barn at Thyme. Through her art, Lycett Green pays testament to the inspiration she finds in the natural world.

Lydia Millen
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Urban winner   Danny Kidby Hunter
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Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) has opened its annual nature photography competition for 2024 with new categories and prizes.