Going back to the 80s with these 2018 colour trends

If you are an 80s child you will love the colour palettes for this summer as they are dipping into the retro vibe of those years while adding a touch of luxury and glamour.

While individuality and personal expression will be key, Dulux colour trends contributor and owner of homewares store Jumbled, Pip Brett, says this palette is pure happiness.

“It’s about creating that holiday feeling all-year-round,” she explains. “It has a retro 1970s and 1980s vibe, while still managing to be thoroughly modern.”

One of Dulux Balance’s main palettes is Escapade, which combines playful, tropical colours such as pale mint and soft pink. Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour expert, adds this is a quite a departure from the cocooning neutrals and deeper tones of last year.

“This season’s colours are all about balancing the different parts of ourselves―our passion for our homes, our lust for adventure, our love of retro glamour, and fascination with technology,” she says.

“Summer will be filled with palm prints, positive vibes and visual delights. Incorporating uplifting colour and prints in a white space can be transformative, lifting the soul and making you feel more dynamic and creative.”

For example, Cuticle Pink combined with the deeper pink Carmen and Solution, a mid-base blue is a colour combination that would work well in summer and winter, adds Brett.

“To really make the combination pop, you could then add in splashes of mustard in soft furnishings and artwork.”

Just remember colour is nothing to be afraid of, says Lucena-Orr. “Introducing new schemes can invigorate a space―making you more positive and productive. And the beautiful thing about paint is that if you decide on a new colour down the track, you can simply paint over it.”

Pip Brett’s styling tips

● Declutter your interiors so that furniture and accessories have plenty of room to breathe

● Seek out retro furniture with organic shapes and simple lines

● Add in plenty of luxe textures―think soft furnishings and accessories in sumptuous velvet, silk and sheepskin

● Introduce bright artworks that pick up on this season’s bold, tropical hues

● Touches of gold will add a glam feel

● Don’t forget greenery―indoor palms and ferns will bring a botanical inspired interior to life and help you create a happier, healthier space whether it’s a home, office or store

By Marion Gerritsen

Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Escapade Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen