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TLSE Trends: Dulux Colour Forecast 2023

A couple of weeks ago, Mikaela and I were kindly invited to attend the Dulux Colour Forecast 2023 event at Nour in Surry Hills. You may have seen us posting about it on the TLSE stories as it happened. It was a fun-filled, floral day where we learnt so much about colours, interior trends, and even got to meet the Dulux dog. (Note: he is far better behaved in real life than on the ads!)

The impact Covid and the political landscape has had on what we each seek for our lives post the pandemic lockdowns was a large influencer of the 3 palettes for the Dulux Colour Forecast 2023, not least the intense shift towards a desire for order and calmness, as well as adventure and freedom. From home being our sanctuary, to also being excited to back out in the world again, connecting with friends in bars and restaurants, to the impact on our physical health, mental health and environment, these subjects are all reflected in the 2023 Dulux Colour Forecast's 3 distinct palettes; Connect, Balance, and Revive.

“Colour forecasting for interiors is an evolution. While fashion is an important influencer, the shifts in interiors are more subtle and nuanced. The palettes we can expect to see in our homes in 2023 are predominantly warm and nurturing, with nature continuing to be a key driver of trends. Brighter hues continue; however, they are deeper than last year,” says Dulux colour and Communication Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr.

This earth-based colour palette reflects our desire for a simpler lifestyle, grounded in nature. With soft natural hues such as Beaten Track, Apparition and Wasabi, to the more intense ones of Cinnamon Sand and Namadji.

"It speaks of calm. comfort and an honest approach to living, and brings in many of the pastimes we experienced during lockdown, such as hiking, cooking, quilting and gardening," says Lucena-Orr.

The Balance Palette is a serene mix of marine blues such as Pure Blue Half and Kimberly Sea, soft greens like Green Alabaster Half and Nephrite, contrasted with more intense shades of Domino and Deep Garnet. These hues all help to create living spaces that feel both ordered and classic in their intent, creating a sanctuary from the outside world.

"Post-pandemic, not everyone is craving indulgence, risk and change - some crave the reassurance of structure and rules," says Lucena-Orr.

The Revive Palette cuts itself loose from the restrictions of the past few years. Pushing the boundaries with colour and energy. Mustardy yellows like Day Glow and Golden Sand, rose pinks of Pink Chi, and emerald shades of Diorite and Pharoh's Gem make up this vibrant palette which feels fresh and new but nostalgic and familiar at the same time. (Perhaps I'm getting so old that it's come back around again!)

"As we emerge from trying time, we're looking for lightness and a sense of freedom to revive our spirits. So, when it comes to our homes, it's out with the rule book, and in with the possibilities to create something truly magical," says Lucena-Orr.

So how exactly do you integrate the Dulux Colour Forecast 2023 into your interiors? Andrea Lucena-Or breaks it down for us:

"To introduce colour, try painting the skirting boards or architraves in your living room, the edge of a door, the back of a bookshelf, a bedhead in your child's room, or breathe new life into an old lamp bas, chair or front door with a coat of paint. You'll find that colour really makes a house a home - once you get started with paint colours, you'll never look back!"

WORDS | Emma Douglass


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