Dulux’s colour forecast for the rest of 2020 showcases the latest colour palettes to hit the interior world this year, and it includes a few trickier paint colours, such as white and blues. Warmer whites and tonal blues feature heavily as hot trends, and while grey shades are still taking a little more of a back seat on the world stage, in the Australian Market, they’re still a hit in contemporary selections.
Henley Design’s Heidi Schwieters shares her tips and tricks for how you can get the most from these trendy tones.
Whites are always a leader in interiors, regardless of the hot trends on offer. A perfect backdrop colour to highlight contemporary finishes, whites can be used to showcase bold feature pieces of artwork, rugs or cushions incorporating colourful accents, used with a subtle contrast of furnishings, or with layering of similar tones or materials such as linen, woven fabrics or raw timbers.
Heidi says, “Current trends of white with a warmer tone are seeing a rise, giving a feeling of warmth and comfort from the uncertainly of the outside world, and to complement these warmer whites is an increased use of earthy shades like coffee, stone, dark tans and soft burgundies. These colours give us warm inviting naturalness with a feeling of comfort and richness in earthy accents.”
Singing the blues
“Surprisingly, bolder and soft blues tones have made a revival. Tonal blue colours with accenting rich terracotta shades and subterranean greens, mixed with eclectic vintage and retro inspired pieces and lux materials such as terrazzo create a feeling of comfort and homeliness. It also enables us to showcase a break from the norm, inspiring rejuvenation and creativity.” Heidi adds.
Making it grey
Greys are still represented in the colour forecast; however the trend is seeing these tones become warmer as per the whites’ trend, steering away from the cooler tones of grey that were previously more common.
“Use greys with textured feature pieces of pine, rattan, wool and handcrafted raw timber furniture, which are perfect to incorporate neutral tones of beige and blush highlights.”
More than meets the eye
According to Heidi, what denotes a tricker colour can be the undertones of the shade, so it is very important to look at colour samples in natural light.
“Colours reflect warmer and cooler undertones and mixing these can be complicated to achieve. Usually it is best to keep one dominant and accent where needed, with paint features or furnishing pieces to cool down or warm up the interior space. Alternatively, keeping consistent with shades all from the warmer or cooler family will avoid issues of the selections not gelling.”
Look around you
Any aspect of the home can be worked to showcase the more tricker paint colours, as like any colour scheme it just requires an awareness of the surrounding environment such as quality of light and a consciousness of the vision to what mood is required to be created.
“If you’re ever in doubt, patch tests are always imperative to view shades in the space.”