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Unveiling Dulux's 2019 Colour Forecast

Interiors

Dulux just released its 2019 Colour Forecast – a thoroughly researched edit of global trends in colour, taking cues from the worlds of fashion, architecture, fine art and more.

Supported by extensive data-crunching (and this trip to Milan!), the four colour palettes draw on themes of wellness, rejuvenation and environmental consciousness. Check out how those ideas translate to Australian homes below!

7th September, 2018

The ‘Identity’ palette. Walls in Dulux Vivid White, feature (right) in Blue Bayou, column (left) in Red Clown, column (right) in Painted Clay. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

Lucy Feagins
Friday 7th September 2018

To devise their 2019 colour palettes, Dulux has pinpointed the key influences driving current trends across vast design industries, from design to self-care and social media!

Researching the collections has taken Dulux’s Colour and Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr and Trend Forecaster Bree Leech far-and-wide and deep into data, as well as been fine-tuned through dialogue with the global colour authority, Colour Marketing Group. ‘We discuss what is on peoples’ minds, what factors affect where design and colour are going and what’s happening from a technical and pigment perspective,’ explains Andrea, who joined Bree at Milan’s annual Salone del Mobile international design fair earlier this year as part of their research.

The overarching theme of 2019 is Filter. ‘This highlights the aim to hone in on what is meaningful, whether it’s filtering our smart device usage and longer working hours, filtering our consumption of the new and shiny, or simply filtering out the noise of life, translates Andrea.

Here we unveil the key palettes: Wholeself, Identity, Repair, and Legacy – think timelessness, simplicity, individuality and optimism, the colours represent the essence of current social trends and global movements.

From the Identity palette. Wall (rear) in Dulux Golden Sand, wall (front) in Apricot Fool. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Identity. Stair wall in Dulux Old Money, wall (rear), ceiling and trims in Vivid White, wall (right) in Apricot Fool, and door and trim in Genie. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Identity. Wall (left) in Dulux Vivid White, wall (feature) in Mondrian Blue and Mitchell Blue, stair wall in Old Money. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Identity. Walls in Dulux Vivid White, feature (centre) in Blue Bayou, column (right) in Sunbird Orange. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

Identity

The Identity palette is the BOLDEST palette put forward in the 2019 Dulux Colour Forecast, and celebrates vibrant reds, greens and blues, and a variety of different gloss levels. With a nod to the Memphis movement of the 1980s, this palette is playful, fun and clashy – ‘anything goes’!

Dulux Colour and Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr suggests pastel base colours such as Apricot Fool and Blue Bayou, to pair with pops of primary colour such as Red Clown, Golden Sand (a deep yellow), Mondrian Blue and Sunbird Orange, giving rise to infinite colour combinations.

From the Legacy palette. Door in Dulux Indian Red, exterior in Antique White U.S.A. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Legacy. Feature wall Dulux Cuticle Pink, Bombay Pink, Friends and Carmen, fireplace interior Dulux Friends, wall right Carmen, trims and ceiling vivid white. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Legacy. Wall (rear) in Dulux Shepherd’s Warning, console in Federation Brown, wall (right) in Pink Linen Half, ceiling and trims in Lexicon Half. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Legacy. Wall in Dulux Deep Aqua, trims in Lexicon Half. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Legacy. Wall (front) in Dulux Legendary Lilac, wall (rear) in Purple Verbena, ceiling in Lexicon Half. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

Legacy

Legacy is a palette inspired by old-fashioned architectural forms and traditional craftsmanship, reimagined in a contemporary context. With a strong emphasis on various shades of purple, this palette has a feminine edge, elegantly weaving together past and present.

We still haven’t shaken pink – but here, our old friend millennial pink is replaced with a warmer, coral-based peach in Dulux Porcelain Crab, whilst Shephard’s Warning borders on terracotta. Pink Linen Half offers a muted pastel lilac base colour, whilst the deeply saturated Hothouse Orchid takes its cues from Pantone’s controversial colour of the year for 2018 – Ultra VioletCherry Race offers a striking red accent, and echoes countless purple and red combinations we saw SO MUCH of at Milan’s Salone del Mobile international design fair earlier this year.

 

From Repair. Wall in Dulux Cobbler, wall (above brick and bulkhead in kitchen) in China White, ceiling in Natural White. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Repair. Wall in Dulux Plasticine, and background wall in Sea Creature. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Repair. Wall in Dulux New Neutral, and ceiling in Natural White. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Repair. Wall in Dulux Golden Grain. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

Repair

The Repair palette is overwhelmingly green and earthy, signalling a return to nature-inspired interiors. The Dulux team explain this palette is inspired by our growing awareness of consumption and waste, and trends favouring vintage, sustainable design and repurposed materials.

The palette brings together warm neutrals such as China White (a versatile warm white) with New Neutral, alongside Plasticine (such a great grassy green!), Golden Grain (the perfect mustard yellow) and a couple of deep blues such as Sea Creature and Hidden Depths too.

To us, this palette feels like the most user-friendly and versatile of the 2019 Forecast, and we’ve no doubt we’ll see these colours taken up quickly by Australian homeowners looking for an easy room refresh this summer!

From the Wholeself palette. Wall in Dulux Herbalist, and ceiling in Natural White. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Wholeself. Wall in Dulux Shetland Lace Half, and ceiling in Pinkham. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Wholeself. Wall in Dulux Silver Thaw, and ceiling in Madame Mauve. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Wholeself. Wall in Dulux Silver Thaw, and ceiling in Madame Mauve. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

From Wholeself. Wall in Dulux Ecru, niche in Blind Date, and ceiling in Natural White. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

Wholeself

Finally, the Wholeself palette presents a softer, predominantly pastel palette, inspired by ideas of wellness, sanctuary and self-care. This calming palette again relies heavily on purple and mauve tones, in various dusty, muted shades, such as Blind Date, Silver Thaw and Madame Mauve.

Pinkham is a dusty soft pink, whilst Italian Clay offers a deeper pink, leaning again towards terracotta. The unexpected accent here is Limone, a jewel-like chartreuse – SO good. This acidic green-tinged yellow really elevates those pretty pinks and purples!

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