Colour is an easy and effective way to create a warm and comfortable home while the weather outside is getting cooler as we head into winter.
It’s all about minimalist, casual yet elegant style this winter with colours such as cool greys and warm natural tones tapping into this trend.
Inspired by Dulux’s Essential palette, simple designs are paired with pale grey and accents of putty, rust, grey green and terracotta, says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communications manager.
“Colour is a powerful decorating tool,” she says. “It can change the mood of a space and elicit emotions in those who spend time there―whether it‘s a cosy and inviting living room that encourages guests to relax and settle in, or a bedroom that feels calm and restful the moment you step foot in it.
“When updating your colour scheme, you don’t necessarily have to go all out―sometimes small changes can create all the impact you need."
If you’re unsure about introducing colour, Lucena-Orr says, start small. “Look to add colour accents in unexpected spots, such as behind shelving, on the edge of doors or around a window frame.
“Or experiment with one of the season’s biggest colour trends―the tonal look―by using different shades or strengths of the one colour on walls, details and even furniture.”
Texture is another key driver this season―think raw, matte finishes and textured effects. “Pair this with simple furniture with minimalist lines, and accessories in untreated timber, leather and brass for an understated, luxe look.”
The key to making colour work in your home is to understand the mood you want to create. “Knowing whether you want to add light and energy to a space, create a sense of drama, or set a calm, nurturing feel will give you the confidence to balance neutrals, brights and deeper shades… Colour is enormous fun, so don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.”
By Marion Gerritsen
Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Essential Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker