Looking for some on-trend colour inspo for your rental?

Time to channel your inner design diva, the latest colours for spring-summer 2019 have been revealed – right on cue for a seasonal investment property revamp.

It’s that time of year again – the major international design shows have been and gone showcasing the latest interiors trends encompassing temptations from bespoke furniture to designer china, while fashion weeks from New York, London, Paris and Milan to Copenhagen and Shanghai have wrapped offering a sartorial smorgasbord for spring-summer 2019 (SS19).

The takeaway from these style events is the colour palettes that are about to infiltrate our homes as well as our wardrobes. Ever at the forefront of colour forecasting, Pantone (a global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries) has released its SS19 fashion trends report.

SS19 will bring “a joyful juxtaposition of colour that transcends seasonality”, according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, who describes the palette as “dynamic and vibrant without being overpowering”.

With 12 standout colours and four classic neutrals, there’s a focus on colours that will “provide confidence and lift our spirits with palettes that are filled with creative and unexpected combinations”.

So for those looking to spruce up their rental (particularly those with fully furnished short-term lets) and who want to tap into the latest design aesthetics in time for summer, here are the colours to ‘add to cart’:

Vibrant reds and zesty yellows

  • Fiesta – a festive orange red, it radiates energy, passion and excitement
  • Jester Red – adding depth and intensity, it combines rich elegance with urbanity
  • Lemon Verbena – light and sunny, it’s pleasingly cheerful
  • Living Coral – an affable and animating shade whose golden undertone gives it a softer edge

Pretty pinks and moss greens

  • Mango Mojito – the golden yellow feeds our craving for pleasant comforts
  • Pepper Stem – a zesty yellow-green which encourages our desire for nature’s healthy bounty
  • Pink Peacock – a tantalisingly theatrical colour that fans out to a feast for the eyes
  • Pressed Rose – the blushing colour fills us with thoughts of romance and sentimentality
  • Terrarium Moss – conjures up thoughts of flourishing foliage and the physical beauty in the natural world

Ultramarine blue and earthy tones

  • Princess Blue – a majestic royal blue hue, glistens and gleams
  • Toffee – deliciously irresistible, tasteful it whets the appetite
  • Turmeric – an enlivening orange that infuses a hint of pungency into the palette

Other design and colour experts have singled out mustard (like Pantone’s Lemon Curry) as the hue du jour for SS19. It was seen on the catwalks and has been appearing in home furnishings. Before panic sets in (70s safari suit flashbacks…), it is being paired with black and white, so using as an accent may be more palatable!

While you are giving the investment property a style update, don’t forget to get your property manager to arrange some seasonal maintenance to prepare for the summer ahead:

  • Get the air-conditioning system serviced
  • Have the pool cleaned, service the pump and accessories and ensure the water is fit for swimming (and that the gate/fence/latches are up to code of course!)
  • Clean overhead fans, check exhaust and extractor fans too
  • Clean and repair flyscreens (or fit them)
  • Make sure all outdoor lights are working
  • Spruce up the outdoor area, tidy the garden and set the reticulation for summer watering
  • Arrange a pest inspection and check the home is well sealed to keep bugs out
  • Clean gutters and check the roof
  • Touch-up the outdoor paintwork
  • Have a sparkie give the electrics a once-over – cranking up fridges/freezers, air-cons and fans could overload the system
  • Call in a plumber to check for leaks

Reminder: Maintaining a property is a requirement for insurance cover. Neglecting maintenance could create problems if a landlord does need to make a claim, so make sure urgent repairs are carried out within legal timeframes, statutory safety requirements are adhered to (e.g. pool fences, railings, stairs, balconies) and that other repairs and regular maintenance are addressed promptly.