Every year we look forward to the Dulux Colour Forecast – an annual report revealing current cultural trends set to influence design choices for the coming year. As Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 is revealed it’s time to put 2020 behind us and look to the future, for our decorating needs at least.
Dulux Colour Forecast 2021 – Connection through colour
“This global crisis has changed our relationship with our homes – not just on a practical level, the lines between our work and home have blurred beyond recognition. This also affects us on an emotional level too,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager. “We need flexible spaces that can multi-task as spaces to conduct our professional lives and perform household tasks, however, at the same time we need our homes to provide balance, calm and a sense of comfort and security.”
In response, design trends for 2021 will reflect our desire for reassurance and strength, with nurturing palettes drawn from nature and furniture and décor that speaks of familiarity and comfort. At the same time, expect to see unpredictable material and colour combinations creeping in that encourage us to adapt our homes to new ways of living and working.
The Dulux Colour Forecast for 2021 comprises of three soothing palettes, inspired by nature along with moments of stronger colour to lighten the mood and brighten our outlook. Introducing three nurturing palettes that evoke familiarity and comfort; Retreat, Nourish and Rest.
Dulux Retreat colour palette
Retreat is a palette of warm whites, brown-based neutrals and dusty blues that conveys a sense of a soft luxury, alongside vintage-inspired tones of burgundy and deep ocean blue.
Dulux Nourish colour palette
With gentle, buff neutrals and touches of tan, soft olive and muted ochre, the Nourish palette captures our renewed appreciation for natural beauty.
Dulux Reset colour palette
Reset is an uplifting and optimistic palette of enriching and brighter hues; rich blue and coral, warm rust and playful mash-ups of pink and terracotta hint at 70s nostalgia and evoke memories of travel and fun.
Understand the mood you want to create
“The important decision is to understand what look and feel you’re trying to create. For a subtle, neutral look, Nourish is a good palette to work with. For something moodier and more dramatic, try the Retreat palette. If you’re keen to incorporate bold tones that won’t overwhelm a space, consider the brighter hues in the Reset palette. And don’t forget, you can always select colours between the palettes to create a look that’s all your own.
“Simple ways to introduce colour include painting your front door, creating an accent wall behind your bed or in a study nook, or colours in this year’s forecast will work beautifully on exteriors too.
Let the Dulux Colour Forecast 2021 help you redefine your relationship with your home; a space for work, play and relaxation. Further information and images can be found at Dulux Australia.