DULUX COLOUR FORECAST 2019
Varied influences fed by technology, the information age and our social conscience find us in a cross-fire of competing demands – we filter information to establish our place within the present and filter the negative to care for our mind and body.
We become discerning when using external stimuli to form our personal vision and reframe the past to build a better future. The Dulux Colour Forecast for 2019 allows for a curated home interior unique to the many layers of our identity, expressed through tonal, saturated and contrasting palettes to nurture, recharge and empower.
Our tap-in, tap-out lifestyle allows us to control our destiny, down to the finest detail. This happens from the music we listen to, news we consume, to temperature control and preferred GPS routes. However, the unpredictability of Mother Nature is a reminder that life is fragile – reduced biodiversity and overpopulation casts a shadow over our carefree existence. We are now taking a considered approach to the objects we use, to repair our relationship with nature and the world around us to ensure a positive impact is created.
The Repair palette takes its cues from our need to examine our consumption and waste, favouring vintage, sustainable, re-purposed and recyclable products. Comprising neutrals alongside dirty greens, yellow and earthy hues of cinnamon and sienna, Repair’s colours exude warmth and a vintage-feel.
With the ever-present glow of screens, rapid taps and swift swipes of our digital devices, our brains are in overdrive, craving simplicity, silence and a disconnection from screentime. In our search for wellness and ‘wholeself’ we look to clear the mental clutter by making our homes our temple with a calming, distraction-free zone. With an overwhelming need to pare back, digitally-detox and mono-task, rather than multi-task in our busy lives, when at home the Wholeself palette celebrates minimalism through undulating forms. It also details sumptuous texture and block colour of cosy pinks, offset against warm neutrals, golds and mauve-greys.
Each generation brings with it a new intelligence, taking the best from the past and reinventing it for the present. We are distancing ourselves from damaging consumerist habits, recognising that every action has repercussions – a long-lasting legacy that will be felt for generations to come. Cherished traditions and age-old wisdoms are being adapted to rebuild the present into a better version. This balances rapid innovation and radical creativity with time-honoured skills and old-world charm. With a focus on craftsmanship and an improvement in traditional skills, classic forms are envisaged and combined in modern and contemporary surroundings. The result is a nod to the elegant past and present, combining eclectic patterns and block colour. The Legacy palette features saturated colour in warm hues of pale pinks, lilacs and mauves, with accents of red, blue and green to punctuate the scheme.
Welcome to the life of ‘I’, an imaginative frontier inspired by modern multicultural influences including sci-fi fantasy and anti-selfie culture, where we turn our backs on social media’s critical gaze looking to only please ourselves. Consequently, we join the brave and confident non-conformists, reject labels that don’t fit, shed our conventional camouflage and take on a more flexible view of the world with fun, spirited energy and spontaneity. Gender is fluid, weird is wonderful and to express yourself is the true path to happiness. Imperfections are celebrated as unique and customisation to craft bespoke products is allowing us to express ourselves, rather than settle for someone else’s version. The Identity palette is all about bold experimentation combining block colour, clashing patterns, texture and mixing gloss levels, resulting in an ‘anything goes’ look
that is playful, optimistic and youthful. Pale colours are a base for unusual combinations of saturated blue, purple and oranges.
Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.
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