This year, the Dulux Colour Forecast is all about connectivity. With four new trends, from monochrome to brights, from pastel shades to earthy tones there's a look for everyone. We've had some fun matching them with benchtop & cabinetry colours - which is your favourite?
"Continual connectivity through technology has reinforced our basic human desire to connect in the real world. Connect with the earth by feeling the soil between our fingers, connect with ourselves by taking time to pause, connect with our heritage by relearning forgotten skills, connect with our playful side by indulging in colour."
Driven by our basic need to connect with the environment around us, we surround ourselves with colours that reflect untamed landscapes from the harshest ice terrains to the wildest forests and mountains.
Wildland illustrates a story through the contrast of light and dark, a story of discovering the beauty in what nature has created and embracing imperfections. Taking comfort in the most primitive of materials such as timber, stone, leather and fur we reconnect with our primal selves.
Our digital demands require us to be forever alert. At risk of fatigue and overstimulation, we are taking time to pause, unplug and recuperate.
Silentshift's soft colour palette allows us to create spaces which there is minimal pattern and contrast, inviting your mind to rest and be silent. We shift our approach to find a new balance between fast paced and slow living. Simple curves and block colours in cosmetic hues create spaces with a dreamlike quality, conducive to silent moments.
A playful approach to design allows us to reconnect with a time when there were less restrictions on our creativity.
Modhaus takes its cues from design movements where colour was explored using bold playful combinations. Memphis design of the 1980s is at the core of this trend. Contrasting colour blocks and graphic patterns, often in black and white, are paired with repetitive geometric shapes to balance out the colour play.
Reducing our impact on the earth continues to be a crucial community goal as we aspire to get in touch with nature on a more personal level.
Earthwerks explores our desire to have greenery in our homes and workspaces. The urge to get our hands dirty, to create things from scratch and to be aware of the source of our food drives this trend. A palette drawn from greens and mineral hues creates spaces where mimicked or real nature blends seamlessly with future interiors.
Images courtesy of Dulux 2015 Colour Forecast.