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My Colour of the Year 2018 is….Merry Berry!

17th October 2017
Colour of the Year Merry Berry

Every year Pantone releases its ‘Colour Of The Year’. Last year’s was two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity, this year’s was a zesty shade of green (Greenery) and for 2018 Dulux has announced its Colour of The year as Heart Wood, which reminds me of a mushroom – a dark mushroom.

Nothing wrong with dark mushrooms of course. In fact, I’ve got a few ‘dark mushroom’ colours dotted throughout my home including a bee embossed storage box from South Africa and a couple of nondescript throws that seem to tie in with any theme.

But dark mushroom isn’t – and never will be – my preferred colour. It’s too…..well, plain I guess is what I’m trying to say.

But who says we have to follow protocol anyway and follow the herd? Instead, I’ve decided to be the black sheep of the family and come up with my own Colour Of The Year for 2018 – and I’m calling it Merry Berry!

Merry what now?!

So what’s in the name? I hear you ask. Well, I’m usually merry most of the time (not merry as in drunk, but merry as in an optimistic, happy go-lucky kind of way), and as berry rhymes with merry (and berries are usually red), this is the colour I’m going for.

I’ve walked around my home to pick out my favourite cheery interior accessories to show you just how cool Merry Berry really is…

First up it’s this homely Great British Puddings sign, which takes pride of place on one of my kitchen walls. Anyone who knows me, knows what a sweet tooth I have and I couldn’t believe it when I spotted this sign for around £6 in Primark a few years ago – especially as similar signs were being sold for much more in other online shops.

Colour of the year Merry Berry

The sign features some of my favourite puddings and cakes including Victoria Sponge, Spotted Dick and Bakewell Tart. As we’re on the subject of sweet treats, other favourites of mine include Key Lime Pie, Gypsy Tart and Banoffee Pie. Crikey, just the mention of these is making me hungry!

Don’t tamper with the camper!

Next up it’s this super cool Volkswagon LEGO camper van that my mum bought for my son last Christmas.

When he built it, it looked so good that I couldn’t bear the thought of it gathering dust in his bedroom; it needed to be shown off, so I convinced him to let me put it in my dining room display cabinet – and it has been there ever since.

It’s great as it acts as a conversational piece when guests come over for dinner.

Colour of the year Merry Berry

It wasn’t cheap, but it’s one of those pieces that will never go out of fashion. I’m even considering getting a matching campervan rug from Lionshome, which would tie the look together even more.

By the way, if you’re wondering about the OXO tin, I picked this up at a boot fair for 50p a few years ago. It’s always worth scouring boot fairs for one-off finds!

Another item that has elements of my Merry Berry colour is a beautiful vase that I picked from Debenhams.

I had it filled with faux flowers throughout the summer – and someone recently bought me some flowers round, so I dug out the vase again for autumn.

And that’s the great thing about Merry Berry – it’s a colour that is very versatile and wouldn’t look out of place whatever the season. Am I selling it to you yet?

Sign of the times

Then I’ve got this fab ‘Mix It Up!’ metal sign in my kitchen – you can tell I’ve gone for a 50s/retro vibe can’t you?!

I actually picked this up in the BHS Closing down sale for £3. Oh how I miss the browsing the aisles of BHS at the weekend – good job that they are still online though, so it’s not all bad.

Colour of the year Merry Berry

If you’re wondering, the tea chest was found in a supermarket in France, but I have seen them online in a variety of different designs.

Moving on to my office and here I keep my Merry Berry ‘Wonder Woman’ coaster – which costs £3.60 and my Costa Coffee canister.

I can’t get enough of Costa Coffee – and a friend bought me the canister filled with coffee for my birthday.

Colour of the year Merry Berry

Last, but by no means least, I’ve chosen this letter ‘H’ for home as my final Merry Berry piece.

From memory I think it was from Dunelm-Mill and I recall buying it around Christmas.

But because I love the fun polka dot element, I’ve ended up keeping it in my hallway (above my mirror) year-round. It was either that or trying to remember to put it away 12 days after Christmas each year!

Colour of the year 2018 Merry Berry

So, I guess the only question that remains is….

If you could pick your own ‘Colour Of The Year’, what would you choose?

Go on, be brave and pick one!

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Merry Berry colour of the Year

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46 comments

fiona waterworth 16th November 2017 at 11:25 pm

Merry berry is definately a winner, not sure how dulux picks the colour of the year, but I have yet to sell any mushroom paint this year

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LaurettaCWright 17th November 2017 at 5:00 pm

I’ve seen a few neutral ‘mushroom-type’ colours, but none actually called Mushroom – I can’t see that selling!

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Wynne 28th October 2017 at 6:42 am

I love that color! It is such a fun and happy color, nothing can ever go wrong with a little bit of red to make it all the merrier

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LaurettaCWright 28th October 2017 at 12:49 pm

And very fitting for the upcoming festive season eh?!

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Deborah Nicholas 26th October 2017 at 9:39 am

Oh i love the colour, its such a fun splash of raspberry instead of all the greys around – love the play on the name too! lol

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LaurettaCWright 30th October 2017 at 7:14 am

Thanks very much!

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Emily Leary 24th October 2017 at 11:10 am

The Volkswagen LEGO camper van is the cutest thing, my son would love one! And the colour looks very merry indeed 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 24th October 2017 at 11:13 am

Thanks very much Emily – loving some of your recipes by the way!

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Angela Ricardo Bethea 24th October 2017 at 2:56 am

This Merry Berry color is absolutely lovely and festive! I love it bright vivid shade! By the way that chic vase from Debenhams is totally a great must have! I definitely need to have one too. 😉 Can’t say I adore it more than enough. xx

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LaurettaCWright 24th October 2017 at 7:31 am

Thanks Angela- it appears that Merry Berry has gone down a storm which is great to see.

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Lucy | Real Mum Reviews 21st October 2017 at 5:53 pm

The colour in this house seems to be teal or rose pink! We have it everywhere!

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LaurettaCWright 21st October 2017 at 6:00 pm

Nice colours – and a great mix. Loving teal too!

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Jemma 20th October 2017 at 4:19 pm

That camper van is so cute. My hubby would love it.

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LaurettaCWright 21st October 2017 at 10:43 am

Would make a cool Xmas pressie wouldn’t it?

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Laura H 20th October 2017 at 2:25 pm

Ooh I love that lego camper van!!! Would have so much fun putting that together myself 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 20th October 2017 at 2:36 pm

It’s very therapeutic building LEGO I have to say, although I can’t take the credit for putting the campervan together!

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danasia fantastic 19th October 2017 at 7:22 pm

Merry Berry is a really fun color! It would make a great nail polish color.

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2017 at 7:41 pm

Good point – I didn’t think of that Danasia!

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Tanya 19th October 2017 at 4:55 pm

Mine would have to incorporate both glitter and pink shades, maybe a baby pink glitter called GGGlink for the three Gs of my blog name. I need that Wonder Woman coaster in my life!

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2017 at 7:37 pm

Ha ha! Ask for it for Xmas 🙂

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nicol 19th October 2017 at 2:53 pm

this instantly made me miss the old bake off haha last years colours are probably my favourite ones

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2017 at 7:43 pm

Yes – mine too – until I made up my own that is!

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Dannii 19th October 2017 at 12:15 pm

I love this colour too. I am not a massive fan of pink, so this shade of red is perfect for me.

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2017 at 7:43 pm

Great to hear Dannii!

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Baby Isabella 19th October 2017 at 11:55 am

I love bright colours so this is right up my street. However the colour that my mummy is loving right now is duck egg blue AGAIN, she can’t get away from it 😉

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2017 at 7:43 pm

Ooooh that’s one of my favourite colours too – that and pale grey which is quite similar. Actually, both colours would sit very well with Merry Berry!

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Super Busy Mum 19th October 2017 at 8:50 am

What adorable photos and that lego campervan is just all kinds of amazing!

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2017 at 7:42 pm

I do love the campervan – it’s one of my favourite pieces.

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kerry 19th October 2017 at 8:08 am

Ohhhh I like your colour of the year. Its cheerful and happy, love it. Good choice x

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2017 at 7:41 pm

Thanks Kerry! Now for the branding….lol

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Katrina 18th October 2017 at 9:24 pm

Loving the VW camper that’s fab if I could choose my colour of the year for 2018 would be Grey smoke im loving grey right now

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2017 at 9:55 pm

Thanks Katrina! I’m a big fan of grey too – it goes with anything doesn’t it?

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Lynne Harper 18th October 2017 at 3:50 pm

I would definitely be a merry berry fan as well, our sofas are this colour as are many other items in our home 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 18th October 2017 at 3:53 pm

That’s great to know Lynne! A winner then… 🙂

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Ali - We Made This Life 18th October 2017 at 11:29 am

This is a gorgeous colour and definitely one of my favourites, especially at this time of year.

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LaurettaCWright 18th October 2017 at 11:39 am

Thanks Ali – maybe I should approach a paint company and get them to make it – looks like it might be a winner!

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Rhian Westbury 18th October 2017 at 8:44 am

I quite like the dark mushroom colour but as you said it isn’t that vibrant, I love the idea of merry berry x

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LaurettaCWright 18th October 2017 at 8:04 pm

Looks like I’m getting a fan base for Merry Berry! Thanks Rhian!

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Ana De- Jesus 17th October 2017 at 11:33 pm

Haha I am never one to follow trends either. I was wearing pink and blue together before it was a thing and I don’t mind the dulux colour but its never going to be my favourite. Merry berry is a great hue though x

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LaurettaCWright 18th October 2017 at 6:11 am

Thank you Ana – although I have to say you look fab whatever you’re wearing. Totes agree with throwing out the ruke book though – we’ve got to go with what’s right for us don’t we?

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Patrick 17th October 2017 at 9:48 pm

We’ll have to join you in selecting Merry Berry as our color of 2018. The cheetah may resist but I’ll tell him I’m going to feed him a Spotted Dick,I’m sure he’ll come around…

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LaurettaCWright 18th October 2017 at 6:09 am

Thanks Patrick! All hail Merry Berry!

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Sarah Bailey 17th October 2017 at 7:53 pm

Hands up I have to admit I really quite like your colour for 2018. I could see myself having things in merry berry it’s bright and fun.
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LaurettaCWright 18th October 2017 at 6:11 am

I think I might start collecting more Merry Berry items – just because. 🙂

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Charli 17th October 2017 at 7:46 pm

Oh, I definitely prefer Merry Berry to Mushroom. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m wearing merry berry right now!

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LaurettaCWright 18th October 2017 at 6:09 am

Yay! Looks like Merry Berry was a winner after all!

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