Every year, design professionals and enthusiasts look forward to the release of Dulux’s Colour Forecast for the year ahead. In its 25th year, Dulux has consistently provided valuable inspiration for over two decades, and this year is no exception. Three new and exciting trends to interpret, then to consider how they can be used in upcoming projects.
Forecasters analyse both local and global events. Looking at fashion, furniture and product design and then compile all their findings. From this, they translate their findings into colour forecasts and predictions on how they will influence Australian design during the coming year.
In 2024, Dulux’s Colour forecast palettes derive from a desire to have positive and nurturing spaces within our homes. Each Palette reflecting the evolving aesthetics and needs of our time. With the economic pressures of rising living costs, Australians are increasingly embracing the comfort and convenience of entertaining at home. We’re exchanging cooler whites, pastels and bright colours with rich, warm and earthy mid-tones and textures.
These Trend Forecasts are not only for residential interiors but also commercial spaces. They can be used as inspiration to inject character and past time charm into offices, restaurants and bars.
So, lets share with you a brief overview of the Dulux Colour Forecast for 2024. There are three palettes – Solstice, Muse and Journey.
Dulux Solstice Palette
Signifying summer and warm weather, Solstice is comprised of comforting, sun-soaked neutrals with rich organic hues, citrus shades of yellow and soft blues.
This colour palette draws inspiration from the paired-back style of Scandinavian design blended with the warm, desert landscapes of the Mediterranean and Africa.
Created to evoke feelings of clarity, joy and calmness as well as promote a sense of safety and strength.
Dulux Colours In Solstice
For this palette, consider the colour Jodphur paired with Tan Wagon, or Potter’s Pink accented with a striking blue and yellow such as, Ocean Surf and Ripe Lemon. Blend warm hues with cooler accents.
In addition, decorate using sculptural forms and tactile materials to enhance the nature-inspired tones from the Aussie outback to the African savannah.
Dulux Muse Palette
The Muse Palette is all about nostalgia and pays homage to the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, with added emphasis on the glamour and adventure of the ‘70s. Balancing modern hues with the additions of past trends and vintage pieces to create contemporary interiors.
This palette features a colourful array of hues from warm browns and rich tans to soothing greens and deep blues. These bold colours can be complemented with upcycled furniture, smoked glass and mirrored finishes.
Dulux Colours In Muse
Muse is a fun but relaxed colour palette. Use colours such as Passionate Blue or Decoration Blue paired with Surf Green or Hidden Depth accents. Rich, bold russets and browns like Florescent Fire, Guitar and Fantan are all beautiful backdrop colours for your spaces.
Dulux Journey Palette
The Journey Palette weaves together influences from folk traditions, bohemian charm, global travels and cultural diversity. It’s all about the art of storytelling, and focusing on an eclectic, maximalist style of design. Weaving together the past with the present and preserving old time traditions.
Journey is a palette of decadent reds, mid-tone blues and yellows paired with heavily patterned and soft textured fabrics and vintage furniture items.
Dulux Colours In Journey
Journey showcases stunning mid-tone blues, greens and yellows such as Dulux Xena, Clouded Sky and Hay Wain. Contrast with a rich red or plum such as Carmen or Bruised Burgundy. Biege Artifacts and Pollinate provide neutral options that work well with the stronger colours. Evening Blush and Lilac Light provide a softer choice of hue in this palette.
How To Introduce Colour Into Your Home
Andrea Lucena-Orr is the Colour and Communication Manager at Dulux. If you’re thinking about introducing colour into your home, check out some of her tips below:
- 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 base, 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!
- Before you start painting, it’s crucial when selecting colours for walls or soft furnishings that you consider other fixtures and fittings in your space that you can’t change easily – it might be carpet, tiles, laminate or stone, and/or curtains and blinds that you will need to ensure work with the new colour(s) chosen.
- For colour surety, simply order A4 stickers or Sample Pots from dulux.com.au in your chosen colour(s) for your space – view these colours in your home’s natural light conditions. Alternatively, Dulux has an online colour advice team and a Colour Design Service if you want a design professional to assist in curating your space.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this overview of the Dulux Colour Forecast for 2024. For a more comprehensive look at these three new colour palettes head to the Dulux website by clicking here.
Colours of objects surrounding you may seem absolute. But did you know that the exact same shade of a colour can look different to men than it does to women?
Research has shown that women tend to be able to detect subtle differences in shades of colour that men don’t notice.
We would love to help create an inspiring and beautiful colour scheme for your home. So why not get in touch by clicking here to arrange a free 15-minute consultation.