Titled ‘Repair,’ the latest instalment of the 2019 Dulux Colour Forecast has arrived in time for autumn and the nature inspired palette is full of gorgeous green and gold shades. “Repair is my favourite palette of 2019. Its rich greens and accent of burnished gold feels comforting and uplifting and together they create a wonderful backdrop for interesting collections and spaces that tell a story. The colours are drawn from nature and plug into our collective desire to slow down and reconnect with the natural world,” says Dulux colour and communications manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr.
“Striking combinations, such as verdant green, chocolate, umber and sienna set a playful, optimistic tone, while soft, green-based grey has emerged as the neutral – and the ideal pairing for these nature-based hues,” says Andrea.
And there’s no doubt that the cooler months demand a different approach inside – particularly as we’re inclined to spend more time there. “Evenings snuggled up on the sofa or entertaining friends around the dinner table take on a whole new appeal. The colours and textures we surround ourselves with play a huge role in creating that warm and cocooning vibe that we crave,” says Andrea.
“There’s a sense of quiet luxury to this look, but it doesn’t come down to extravagant finishes or accessories,” says Andrea who suggests layering natural colours and textures to recreate it. Think richly grained timber, aged leather, cork and velvet. “There’s also a mindful appreciation of the humble and handcrafted simple pieces – whether they’ve been collected on your travels or found in vintage stores,” says Andrea who shares her autumn styling tips below.
ANDREA’S AUTUMN STYLING TIPS
Combine natural finishes: Warm timber, leather and woven rattan can create a cosy and eclectic feel.
Add a twist: Paint a bedhead or feature wall in an exhilarating shade of blue-green or ochre to spice up this palette’s warm green and earthy tones.
Create interesting displays: Scour antiques fairs and second-hand stores for unusual collectibles.
Layer up textures and prints: Think cosy knits, aged leather, velvets and block prints.
Introduce concrete: This finish will add an interesting twist to green tones and timber. Use Dulux Concrete Effect paint to upcycle small accessories or to create a feature wall.
Set up a cosy corner: A comfortable armchair or a window seat with a few soft cushions is the perfect spot to spend an autumn afternoon with a good book.
Dial down the lighting: Reduce harsh overhead lighting at night and set a cosy mood with a variety of table and floor lamps.
Finish off with greenery: A trailing devil’s ivy on a bookshelf or a large, potted long-leaf fig in the corner of a room can provide a sense of calm and reinforce a natural element.
Photography: Mike Baker | Styling: Bree Leech