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Autumn colour trends


This autumn, design trends will embrace a rustic-luxe look, with rich, natural colours, mid-tone timbers and simple yet sophisticated styling.

As the weather cools and our thoughts turn to retreating indoors, the look is all about bringing the outside in and creating cosy, joyful spaces that nurture and inspire.

Set against a backdrop of warm timber and honeyed leather, expect to see soft grey-green – this season’s ‘new neutral’ – paired with shades of olive, dusty pink, and invigorating accents of rich, blue-green and ochre to create a sumptuous look that’s grounded in nature.

Repair is one of four key palettes in the 2019 Dulux Colour Forecast ‘Filter’.

Drawing on inspiration from a variety of sources, including extensive market research and global trade fairs, the four carefully curated palettes reflect societal trends such as wellness, rejuvenation, environmental awareness and mindful consumption.

“Its rich greens and accent of burnished gold feels comforting and uplifting,” Dulux Colour and Communications Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr, says.
“Together, they create a wonderful backdrop for interesting collections and spaces that tell a story.
“Striking combinations, such as verdant green, chocolate, umber and sienna set a playful, optimistic tone, while soft, green-based grey has emerged as the neutral – and the ideal pairing for these nature-based hues.
“There’s a sense of quiet luxury to this look, but it doesn’t come down to extravagant finishes or accessories. Rather, it’s the layering of natural colours and textures.”

To create this look in your own home, start by looking for ways to add colour, suggests Lucena-Orr. “If you’re feeling bold, go for a feature wall in rich green or blue-green, or, if you prefer a more understated, look, paint the backdrop of your room in this season’s subtle grey-green.

“Contrast is key to making this scheme work, so introduce doses of other colours such as terracotta, chocolate or burnt orange in varying amounts within the room.
“Complete the look with warm timber tones and buttery leathers in furniture and accessories.”

Paint is a powerful tool – one that’s surprisingly addictive, Lucena-Orr says.

“Once you start experimenting with colour on the different surfaces of your home, you’ll find you can never go back.
“There’s no quicker or simpler way to introduce the season’s latest trends. And best of all, you can easily change the colours down the track when you’re ready for something new.”

Autumn styling tips

Combine natural finishes: Warm timber, leather and woven rattan can create a cosy and eclectic feel.

Add a twist: Paint a bedhead or feature wall in an exhilarating shade of blue-green or ochre to spice up this palette’s warm greens and earthy tones.

Create interesting displays: Scour antiques fairs and second-hand stores for unusual collectibles.

Layer up textures and prints: Think cosy knits, aged leather, velvets and block prints.

Introduce concrete: This finish will add an interesting twist to green tones and timber. Use Dulux Concrete Effect paint to upcycle small accessories or to create a feature wall.

Set up a cosy corner: A comfortable armchair or a window seat with a few soft cushions is the perfect spot to spend an autumn’s afternoon with a good book.

Dial down the lighting: Reduce harsh overhead lighting at night and set a cosy mood with a variety of table and floor lamps.

Finish off with greenery: A trailing devil’s ivy on a bookshelf or a large, potted long-leaf fig in the corner of a room can provide a sense of calmness and reinforce a natural element. calmness and reinforce a natural element.

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