TDF’s Favourite Moments From 25 Years Of The Dulux Colour Forecast!

Every year we look forward to the Dulux Colour Forecast to see what colours and cultural trends are set to unfold — and what they might say about the year to come.

Since 1999, the annual forecast has become a leading resource for capturing colour trends for the Australian market, revealing a series of palettes that will define the next 12 months.

In celebration of the Dulux Colour Forecast’s 25th anniversary, we’ve stepped back in time to look at some of the most memorable trends from the past two decades!

Christina Karras
Supported by Dulux

Dulux Colour Forecast 2023 – Connect palette. Walls: Dulux Sandy Day. Sofa from House of Orange. Coffee table and glass vessel (on floor) from GlobeWest. Chair (on left) from Angelucci 20th Century. Buffet from Tide Design. Chair (on right) from Cult Design. Rug from Hali. Vessel (on coffee table) and ceramic sculpture (on buffet) from Pepite. Knot ceramic (on coffee table) by Deborah Sweeney. Lamp from Milk & Sugar. Timber vessel (on buffet) from Ikos Home. Blanket by Trinket Solo;;Cushion (on sofa left) from Halcyon Lake. Cushion (on sofa right) from Fenton & Fenton. Cushion (on chair) from Figgoscope Curates. Artworks: ‘Ceramic Study Framed Screenprint’ by Middle of Nowhere. ‘Cleo’ by Rachel Castle, Castle and Things. Photography – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech

Dulux Colour Forecast 2022 – Flourish palette. Wall front paint colour: Dulux Clay Pipe Half, Wall back paint colour: Dulux Discretion. Trims & ceiling paint colour: White Dune Quarter. From Left: “Divine Melon” Original Artwork by Nicole Nelius and “Wild Flower” Original Artwork by Llewellyn Skye, Fenton and Fenton; Florence Console, Trit House; Assorted books, Stylist; Black Goblet vessel, Lightly for Bunnings; Avalon Ceramic Vase in maroon by Grey Natale, Zuster; Diiva Dining Chair, Grazia and Co; Rosetta Oval Table, En Gold; Flow Scalloped Black Mirrored Tray, Zuster; Large Arc Vase in wild berry, Deborah Sweeney; Vase in Duramax Discretion; Custom Vase, Formantics; Rug & Pendant, Homeowners. Photography – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech

Dulux Colour Forecast 2020. Photography – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech

Dulux Colour Forecast 2019, from the Identity palette. Wall rear: Dulux Golden Sand. Front wall: Dulux Apricot Fool. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2019. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

Christina Karras
22nd of June 2023

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Dulux Colour Forecast!

Led by the Dulux Colour Team — made up of Colour and Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr, Colour Forecaster and Stylist Bree Leech, and Colour Manager Lauren Treloar — the forecast draws on year-round research into the latest global and local trends that are predicted to impact Australian design and how we live.

It’s no surprise that global events influence the way our homes look and feel, and the colours we’re drawn to. As a result, the history of the Dulux Colour Forecast now serves as its own intriguing time capsule, offering a unique window into the past.

‘Throughout the last 25 years, Australians have faced a number of cultural moments that have influenced and inspired our interior colour trends,’ Andrea says. And a lot has changed since the landmark forecast began in 1999.

Below we reflect on some of the most memorable moments from the last two decades!

2023 – Living authentically

This year has been all about earth-drawn neutrals, natural textures, and an array of vibrant colours that will brighten up our spaces. Nature continues to inspire trends, bringing in rich tones like moss, wasabi, sandstone, cinnamon, pairing Dulux Whisper White alongside warmer accents such as Dulux Bongo Skin and Dulux Basset Brown. On the contrast, the Dulux Colour Forecast also picked a palette of happy colours featuring sunshine yellow, blues, and variations of pinks as others sought to inject a sense of authentic personality into their homes.

2021 – The pandemic pushes connection through colour

When the global pandemic put a halt to daily routines, people took refuge inside their homes and it kicked off an interior renovation boom! Soothing shades of earthy greens and gentle mauve-greys were a favourite in the 2021 forecast, allowing for moments of optimism and playful mash-ups of pink and terracotta, hinting to 70s nostalgia – inspiring a wave of retro-inspired interiors that’s continued to grow in popularity today.

2019 – Australians’ confidence with colour grows

Shades of pink (think millennial pink!) were a hot topic in the design world. The 2019 Dulux Colour Forecast noted that Australians’ had become more confident with colour, embracing trends like clashing patterns and unexpected colour combinations, and styling repurposed vintage pieces against backdrops of neutrals, saturated greens and citrus brights, like Dulux Apricot Fool and Dulux Sunbird Orange.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2018. Wall and ceiling: Dulux Terrace White. Stair detail: Dulux Clay Court. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech

Dulux Colour Forecast 2018. Wall: Dulux Suede Effect Country Mist. Photo – Lisa Cohen courtesy of Dulux. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech

Dulux Colour Forecast 2016. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech and Heather Nette King

Dulux Colour Forecast 2016. Dulux Wash&Wear in Bee Hall. Dulux Wash&Wear in Night Life. Dulux Wash&Wear in Lake Tekapo. Dulux Wash&Wear in Lickedy Lick. Dulux Design Metallic™ in Thebe Touch. Dulux Wash&Wear in Russell. Dulux Wash&Wear in Winter Waves. Dulux Wash&Wear in Melon Baby. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech and Heather Nette King

Dulux Colour Forecast 2016. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech and Heather Nette King

Dulux Colour Forecast 2016. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech and Heather Nette King

Dulux Colour Forecast 2016. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech and Heather Nette King

2017 – Greiges reign supreme

Scandinavian-inspired interiors were the trend of the moment in 2017, when the Dulux Colour Forecast tipped ‘greiges’ to reign supreme! Dulux Beige Mystery was one of the highlighted colours of the year, as minimalism was having its moment in the spotlight, with chalky greys, whitewashed timbers and grey stone benchtops brought in a sense of calm to our homes.

2016 – A bold and moody forecast

2016 was a bold and dramatic year for colour, however these impactful hues were contrasted with splashes of acid colours, such as Dulux Ripening Grape, Dulux Loose Leather and Dulux Emerald Forest.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2015. Dulux Federal Fund, Dulux Grape Leaf, Dulux Gooseberry Fool and Dulux Domain. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech and Heather Nette King

Dulux Colour Forecast 2015. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech and Heather Nette King

Dulux Colour Forecast 2013. Photo – Mauro Pomponio.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2013. Photo – Mauro Pomponio.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2011. Photo – Mauro Pomponio.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2011. Photo – Mauro Pomponio.

2015 – Reconnecting with nature

2015’s colour palettes were all about incorporating shades of green within our homes to feel closely connected to nature, counteracting the growing influence of technology and the feeling of being constantly ‘plugged in’ — something that still rings true today, where our homes continue to be anchored in earthy hues! These tones were softened with textures like timber, fur, leather. Remember when cow hide rugs were trending everywhere?

2013 – Social change pushes monochrome 

In 2013, Dulux identified six quite restrained palettes reflecting global trends — revealing the popularity of monochromatic schemes, concrete greys, metal and stone finishes and muted pastels. These pared back palettes were influenced by the continued rise of social media, technology, and growing social change of the digital era.

2011 – Yellow makes a comeback

Yellow has always been a divisive colour but in 2011, the Dulux Colour Forecast saw the bold hue make a ‘huge comeback’ after years of being unfashionable. The report also noted the emergence of warm reds, oranges and pinks that filled the home with ‘positivity’ off the back of the recent economic downturn. Today, yellow is beginning to pop up again in our interiors once again, with the rise of the trending yellow kitchen!

Find out more about the Dulux Colour Forecast here, and stay tuned for the Dulux Colour Forecast 2024 launching on August 31!

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