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AUTUMN TRENDS: COMFORTING COLOURS MEETS RUSTIC-LUXE STYLING

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.

“Repair is my favourite palette of 2019,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager.

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“Its rich greens and accent of burnished gold feels comforting and uplifting. Together, they create a wonderful backdrop for interesting collections and spaces that tell a story. The colours are drawn from nature and plug into our collective desire to slow down and reconnect with the natural world.
“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 – richly grained timber, time-worn leather, cork and tactile velvets. There’s also
a mindful appreciation of the humble and handcrafted simple pieces – whether they’ve been collected on your travels or found in vintage stores.”

When autumn arrives and the temperature drops, many of us get the urge to refresh our interiors knowing we will be spending more time indoors, says Lucena-Orr.

“Evenings snuggled up on the sofa or entertaining friends around the dinner table takes on a whole new appeal. The colours and textures we surround ourselves with play a huge role in creating
a warm and cocooning vibe that we crave.”

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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,” she says.

“Complete the look with warm timber tones and buttery leathers in furniture and accessories. For an unexpected, contemporary twist, consider adding a sense of organic rawness using concrete by painting a tabletop, planters or a feature wall with Dulux Concrete Effect paint.”
Paint is a powerful tool – and one that’s surprisingly addictive, says Lucena-Orr.

“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 up cycle 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.

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