I’m often asked about colour trends, and I must admit it’s not my favourite question. I’m a huge fan of colour in the home – but I hate the idea of dictating what’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out’, I think it leads to really formulaic, boring interiors. At the end of the day, there really is no right or wrong; colour selection always has an element of intuition about it, and having the confidence to just go for it!
That said, some colours are easier to work with than others. Whilst we do love seeing bold colour, and dark moody colour in Australian homes, right now we’re feeling a more subtle, muted palette of blush, dusty soft blues and washed out greys. These colours are the perfect alternative to white, adding just enough interest to a space, whilst still being very ‘user-friendly’!
As we documented last month, the apartment of Jess Lillico and Sean Fennessy combines a sleek and contemporary aesthetic, with down-to-earth liveability. The blush wall in the dining room is a revelation – this colour somehow feels both retro and utterly contemporary all at once. As with the rest of the apartment, this muted feature wall is ‘just enough’, without being too much.
A similar palette features in the incredible Coburg home of James Tutton, where the living room’s soft peach walls, painted in Dulux’s ‘Ellen’ in quarter strength, provide the perfect respite from white, lending a contemporary edge to this grand Victorian mansion, with subtlety and restraint.
One house we can’t ever get over is the former home of Chris and Arabella Wilson in Jan Juc. We described it as ‘Rustic Robinson Crusoe’ first time around, and we stand by that! Textured and whitewashed walls are enlivened in the kitchen by a dusty blue palette – a colour that pairs perfectly with the bleached timber and beachy styling of this eclectic family home.