Toward the end of 2018 Dulux released Filter, their Colour Forecast for 2019. As a designer I was naturally intrigued to hear their point of view about what’s trending, what’s forecast to be a hit, and how it all relates to how we live. Colour is, after all how we choose to express ourselves as human beings.
The forecast for 2019 focuses on creating a calm amongst the storm we call life, filtering out the noise so we can focus on the important things. Dulux states ‘it’s all about creating your happy place and living your best life.” Yes, I rolled my eyes too.
Millennial cliche’s aside, this forecast has some real substance, full of botanical hues & earthy tones, embracing colours with depth and warmth that would otherwise be tossed aside by the untrained eye. There are also some bold af colours trending so brace yourselves, friends.
Side note: Sayonara, pastel pink and grey. I won’t miss you.
It’s time to reignite our love affair with all things nature, bring the outdoors in, and embrace the colours that the earth has provided us. Think muddy browns and golds, forest and sage greens, ocean and sky blues. Pair up a selection of these colours with warm timbers, rough brick textures, raw concrete, rattan furniture and natural linens. To really round up this theme, curate your space with a mixture of vintage and new modern pieces.
Although not a new trend by any stretch, Repair is a theme that remains strong coming into the new year.
And breathe… Wholeself is here to help you switch off, declutter your mind and soak up the serenity. The aim of the game for this part of the forecast is to create a space to be ‘in the moment’ as it were.
Most people are daunted by the thought of purple in their homes, but there’s no weird Willy Wonka stuff going on here I promise.
Wholeself is a palette of muted mauves, quiet teal blues and soft terracottas. When paired with soft textural elements, natural timber and punchy gold accents, you’ll have yourself a soothing sanctuary promoting relaxation and wellbeing.
To be quite honest, this section of the forecast was a little harder to grasp. I’ll go ahead and blame the holidays for that! But the concept is really quite simple; Legacy “calls up history’s most cherished classics and icons and adapts them to fit a new, modern vision.”
Think iconic furniture pieces and architectural elements from eras gone by, a curated selection of sculptural items on display, and bold blocks of saturated hues, all mashed together to create a modern yet eclectic space. Pair these off with lighter shades for balance, textural layers and some funky patterns.
Footnote: Be bold or go home.
Another theme to be approached with gusto, Identity is here to unleash the real you. It’s all about making a statement, and basically gives us permission to break all the rules.
Want to paint your staircase green? Go ahead! Pink and red together in the same room? Hell yes! Love yourself some Colonel Mustard in the Dining Room? See below….