Trend alert: deep blues and neutrals for comfort this winter

According to trend forecasters, warm, grounded colours that speak of security and comfort are set to dominate winter decorating trends for 2021.

The Retreat palette―one of three trend colour palettes identified in the 2021 Dulux Colour Forecast―captures the mood of this coming winter.

Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen ARTWORK: ‘FAST FORWARD’ BY LIAM SNOOTLE.

“The cooler months call for richer hues and cosy textures, and never more so than in a year when most people’s worlds have been turned upside down,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communications manager.

“These earthy tones and muted colours are all drawn from nature―think oceanic blues, nourishing greens, soft greys and touches of mustard.

Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen

“They bring the outside in―ideal for a time when most of us are stuck indoors for long stretches―and plug into the growing movement for wellness in design.”

Indeed, there’s a collective yearning for reassurance and a return to simpler times. We want our homes to provide comfort, a sense of safety and to remind us of better days ahead and this will be reflected in more than just colour in 2021.

Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen ARTWORK: ‘FAST FORWARD’ BY LIAM SNOOTLE.

“Expect to see a rise in plush, comfy seating, handcrafted furniture with an artisanal feel and a greater focus on ‘purposeful decorating’ rather than just decorating to make an aesthetic statement,” she says.

Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen

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