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Dawn of the Design Age - Dulux Colour Forecast 2016

Recently our national paint supplier Dulux revealed its highly-anticipated 2016 Dulux Colour Forecast.

Called ‘Design Age’, the trend report predicts which colours will heavily influence design in the coming year and provide inspiration for those looking to renovate their homes.

Dulux colour experts study trends round the world to develop their forecast, attending trade fairs in Europe and analysing global influences in fashion, media, world events and technology.

Dulux’s Brand Manager for Colour Davina Harper says this year’s colour palette predicts that bespoke creation, fascination with deep space, and an emphasis on dark, moody hues will be influential in 2016.

“Dominant colours forecast to inspire interiors in 2016 include moody ocean blues such as Dulux Night Life, dark purples such as Dulux Russell,” she says. “We’re also likely to see deep blue greens such as Dulux Winter Waves.”

The 2016 Colour Forecast is made up of four separate seasonal palettes – ‘Infinite Worlds’, ‘Bio Fragility’, ‘Retro Remix’, and ‘Future Past’. We take a closer look at each exciting palette below.


Infinite Worlds

Inspired by this lure of unexplored galaxies, the deep colours featured in the Infinite Worlds palette will be especially prominent next year. The collection of moody hues is juxtaposed with splashes of acid colours such as pops of pink and emulating glowing stars and planets against a dark night.

Get the look with: Dulux Russell, Dulux Lake Tekapo, Dulux Port Jackson, Dulux Victoria Street, Dulux Double Cove.


Bio Fragility

Bio Fragility has a more subtle offering which takes its cues from natural and living elements.

Influenced by flesh tones, lichen, moss and stone, the palette combines pastels, greys, dirty pinks, nudes as well as natural greens resulting in a softer collection of colours inspired by nature.

Get the look with: Dulux Havelock Half, Dulux Matamata, Dulux Maorburn Half, Dulux Mechanics Bay, Dulux Lake Dunstan.


Retro Remix

For those brave enough to make a bold statement, the Retro Remix palette inspires colour experimentation and celebrates the lighter aspects of the new retro movement.  Representing a new retro movement, acid brights such as orange clash with faded, muddied colours such as reddish browns, olive greens, mustard and ochre creating a fun and playful theme.  

Get the look with:  Dulux Ranfurly, Dulux Rangitata, Dulux Mt. Victoria, Dulux Invercargill, Dulux Titi Islands.


Future Past

The Future Past palette presents decadent muted and caramel browns such as Dulux Miramar and Loose Leather as well as heritage and earthy greens and royal blue. Inspired by a fusion of modern and heritage, the traditional colours are reinvigorated with the addition of mustard and salmon hues.

Get the look with: Dulux Okete, Dulux Narrow Neck, Dulux Waihau Bay, Dulux Miramar, Dulux Punga Cove. You can read more about the Design Age Colour Forecast over on the Dulux website.


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