Dulux Colour Trends 2014

It’s that time of year again; the New Year. It’s the time when people decide on what changes they plan to make in their lives and also in their homes. It’s when we set those all-important goals and make those all-important lists that most likely include all of the DIY tasks to be completed by the end of the year.

Once again, Dulux have come to the rescue with all things paint and colour trends, announcing their colour forecast towards the end of 2013.

Pushing the boundaries of traditional interior aesthetics is the theme behind the Dulux 2014 Colour Forecast. Entitled Future Tribes, the four colour palettes will inspire architects, designers and specifiers across Australia to introduce new ideas into their creative repertoire.

As the world embraces a renewed focus on openness, sharing & collaboration, either face to face or in the digital realm, we see communities forming. They are drawn together by their love of the same aesthetic and philosophy on life. Common interests in history, design, art and colour define them – these are the Future Tribes…

Dulux Colour Planning and Communications manager Andrea Lucena-Orr states, ‘Boundaries are limitless today with using colour. We have so many choices and without the hindrance of traditional rules of how we can use colour, creativity is shining through. We are seeing some truly inspirational interiors’.

If one thing is to be pointed out, it has to be the images; they are absolutely Fabulous with a capital F. This year the focus has shifted away from suburban home settings and into a studio environment, which is why these images are as great as they are.

Dulux collaborated with five inspiring design experts to bring the vision of Future Tribes to life and I’d have to say this is the best yet, so let’s take a look.

Oh and if you’re wondering, my favourite of the four would have to be The Precious Elements.

The Digital Nomads

Colourful destinations such as India, African and Morocco inspire the image and imagination of The Digital World.

Travelling the world without leaving home, The Digital Nomad is inspired by cultures that place emphasis on energetic colour and vibrant pattern. This aesthetic creates an ambience of being immersed in the life of an Aztec tribe or caught up in the energy of a Spanish market place.

Styled by Wilhelmina McCarroll, head designer and director of Zuster, and interior stylists Bree Leech and Heather Nette King, The Digital Nomad features juxtaposed colours that form digital patterns and eclectic interiors.

The Precious Elements

Deeply aware of the affect civilasation is having on the Earth; the precious elementals instinctively respect and value our earth’s natural resources, elements and geometric forms.

Grounded and conscious of the earth’s natural resources, The Precious Elementals innately respect and revere these elements and their geometric forms. Enhanced, natural materials are used to represent the human influence on the natural landscape.

Styled again by McCarroll, Leech and Nette King, mineral and metal colours modernise pastels and soft greys, while patinas and raw finishes reflect the weathering effects of nature.

The Romantic Spirit

Romanticising decorative periods of history, the romantic spirits search for ways to incorporate nostalgia and past items into their technologically-dominated world.

Seductive, sultry and rich in colour, The Romantic Spirits incorporate nostalgia and antiquities into their technologically-dominated world. The modern design reveals elements of romance from simple embellishments and flourishes resembling calligraphy strokes, to skillfully turned timber forms.

Styled by Melbourne artist, Geoffrey Carran, Leech and Nette King, The Romantic Spirits capture history with patina finishes and worn looks, which are contrasted against moody colours.

The Retro Visionaries

Looking forward the future is bright. However, the retro visionaries know this world would not look the same without retrospective design.

It is often said that to move forward, we must look back. The Retro Visionaries encapsulates this sentiment with its strong influences taken from the late 20th century when digital culture was first emerging. Quirky, colourful and energetic, this palette relies heavily on the progressive trend of colour blocking.

Styled by well-known abstract expressionist, Rowena Martinich, together with Leech and Nette King, The Retro Visionaries makes a stand against traditional monochrome and proves that brighter can be better.

For more information on any of the four colour palettes, hit the Dulux website.

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