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Colours that cut through all those day-to-day distractions

04 Sep, 2019
Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Cultivate Palette. Colours: Dulux architecture, building, ceiling, coffee table, couch, daylighting, floor, flooring, furniture, green, home, house, interior design, living room, loft, property, real estate, room, table, wall, yellow, white, gray
Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Cultivate Palette. Colours: Dulux Pencarrow, Te Aroha. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

From Dulux:

In a world where we’re constantly ‘on’ – whether it’s connected to our digital devices or processing the stream of information coming our way 24/7 – it’s all too easy for our innermost voice to get lost in the noise. Our energies are depleted, and we rely on routine and quick fixes to get us through the day. 

We yearn to step away from the madness, recharging body and mind, to create a space with ‘Essence’ for our hopes and dreams to come alive.

The DuluxColour Forecast 2020 provides an opportunity to reflect and re-energise whereby we can tune back into the essence of what matters to us. 

This year, it is expressed through four tonal palettes that are nature-inspired, comprising soft comforting neutrals which have rich, invigorating accent hues that allow moments of personal expression.


Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Grounded Palette. Colours: Dulux architecture, building, ceiling, coffee table, couch, floor, flooring, furniture, home, house, interior design, living room, loft, property, real estate, room, table, wall, gray
Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Grounded Palette. Colours: Dulux Sandfly Point Double, Waitangi. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. 

Grounded

Our idea of ‘luxury’ has evolved. It once meant a hefty price tag or high-shine appeal, whereas today luxury is about craftsmanship, longevity, authenticity and understated beauty – reflections on where our new values lie. We are more mindful about the purchases we make and the idea of ‘less is more’ permeates every aspect of our lives. 

Designers are creating more quality products using recycled and repurposed materials, often in natural products, such as timber and stone. Our interiors are pared-back and uncomplicated, with furniture crafted from natural materials such as honeyed timbers, pale leather and tactile linen.

The Grounded palette is a medley of soft, livable neutrals, running from pale biscuit and caramel through to muddy lavender. 

Hints of terracotta add warmth. Many of the colours can be used as the main shade throughout your home, with gold and coral making for beautiful highlights.

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Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Comeback Palette. Colours: Dulux apartment, architecture, blue, building, chair, coffee table, comfort, couch, design, floor, furniture, home, house, interior design, living room, property, real estate, room, suite, table, wall, gray
Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Comeback Palette. Colours: Dulux Mt Maunganui, Southern Alps, Master Blue. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. 

Comeback

Individuality is more important than ever as we look to create intimate spaces, that tell the story of who we are and what fuels our passions. 

We look to the past for design inspiration, mixing styles from different eras – from Arts and Crafts and mid-century through to the 80s – with a newfound confidence.

Antique, vintage and contemporary pieces sit comfortably side-by-side with shapes that are refined and elegant, rather than heavy or chunky. 

Curved lines, rich velvets and bold black accents add a sense of luxury and gravitas.

The Comeback palette features invigorating tonal blue shades, highlighted with warm tones of burgundy, rust and mustard that reinforce vintage storytelling. It’s a palette that hints at escape and adventure, encouraging us to step away from the drudgery of the day-to-day routine and embrace new thoughts and ideas.

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Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Cultivate Palette. Colours: Dulux chair, couch, flowerpot, furniture, green, houseplant, interior design, living room, plant, room, table, wall, gray
Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Cultivate Palette. Colours: Dulux Pencarrow, Te Aroha. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Cultivate

There’s a growing awareness of the relationship between nature and our wellbeing and as a result, we look to bring elements of the outside inside our homes. 

Home is no longer only a place to rest and recover, it’s somewhere to rejuvenate and inspire. 

We seek out innovative ways to bring elements of the natural world into our interiors to encourage personal growth. 

We celebrate nature by growing our own food and filling our rooms with indoor plants, botanical prints and furniture crafted from materials such as timber and stone.

The Cultivate palette is a calm and gentle layering of greens that reinforces our connection to nature. Chalky blue, deep plum and curd provide a contrast and unexpected edge. 

The Cultivate palette is one that will resonate with home enthusiasts – the colours and textures are easy to work with and have a warmth that conveys the essence of what ‘home’ really means.

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Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Indulge Palette. Colours: Dulux building, ceiling, coffee table, couch, floor, furniture, home, house, interior design, living room, loft, property, room, table, red
Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Indulge Palette. Colours: Dulux Henna Red, Ceiling In Southern Alps. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Indulge

With less time on our hands and information coming at us 24/7, the desire to escape is powerful. 

We look to create spaces that will keep our dreams of travel and adventure alive, with rich and dramatic palettes, sumptuous fabrics such as velvets and chenille’s, curvaceous furniture that embraces the sitter and touches of bling. 

Colours are lush and romantic, with styling providing a nod to the past, with nostalgic touches of 70s disco and art deco. The idea of ‘perfect interiors’ has had its day – frayed edges and time-worn finishes are all part of this look. 

The result is wonderfully indulgent spaces that make us feel inspired and alive.

The Indulge palette features rich burgundy, eggplant, earthy browns, faded terracotta and soft coral. There’s a passion and excitement to this palette that’s hard to resist, adding drama to a space.

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See all the colours available in the Dulux Essence 2020 forecast eBook