Trend alert: autumn colours

This autumn expect to see soft, sun-baked neutrals bring a gentle warmth to interiors. “Most of us are still spending a lot of time at home and after a tough year, we’re all ready for a change,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communications manager.

“Colour can bring joy to every corner of your home, breathing new life into tired spaces and helping you fall back in love with where you live.”

Dulux Australia. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

The Nourish palette―one of three trend colour palettes identified in the 2021 Dulux Colour Forecast―mixes earthy tones such as buff, ochre and olive with cool, greyish white for a look that exudes calm.

“These colours are like a gentle hug―warm, comforting and grounding,” says Lucena-Orr. “There’s a lightness and optimism to the palette that speaks of better times ahead. And with their soft, natural feel they’re just the thing to surround yourself with if you struggle to switch off after a busy day working from home.”

Dulux Australia. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Artwork: The Magic Sandhill by Mel Obst – Bungalow

The Nourish colours are versatile too, pairing easily with the cool whites and soft greys that many of us already have in our homes, and they suit both traditional and contemporary architecture.

“Combine them with raw textures, honey-toned timbers and plenty of natural light for a look that feels fresh and welcoming,” says Lucena-Orr.

Dulux Australia. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

“With this look, don’t be afraid to mix furniture and accessories from different eras. This year we’re seeing a more laidback, sentimental approach to decorating―it’s a bit of 70s, a hint of 80s, a dash of 90s, sitting comfortably alongside contemporary styles―all of which creates a wonderfully relaxed and personalised feel.”

The Nourish colours curated by Dulux are a fresh spin on the rich, saturated colours we normally associate with autumn―think the soft tones of freshly fallen leaves, adds stylist Bree Leech.

Dulux Australia. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

“Paint is a great way to try out new decorating trends,” she says. “And you don’t have to go all out by repainting an entire room―create an accent wall behind the bed or in your study nook or add a pop of colour to the front door.

“When you’re looking to add comfort to a space, curves are the way to go. Curvy furniture with deep cushioning feels relaxing and inviting, and it’s easy to navigate around.”

Read more in our Autumn digital magazine.

Main image: Dulux Australia. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Artwork: Looking Down From Above #4 by Ali McNabney-Stevens Artwork - Studio Gallery Group