Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Essence

I feel as though I love the Dulux Colour Forecasts more and more each year.

With the release of “Essence” – the 2020 direction, we’re seeing four beautiful tonal palettes that are nature-inspired.

In a world where we’re constantly ‘on’ – whether it’s connected to our digital devices or processing the stream of information coming our way 24/7 – it’s all too easy for our innermost voice to get lost in the noise.

Our energies are depleted, and we rely on routine and quick fixes to get us through the day. We yearn to step away from the madness, recharging body and mind, to create a space with ‘Essence’ for our hopes and dreams to come alive.

The Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 provides an opportunity to reflect and re-energise whereby we can tune back into the essence of what matters to us. This year, it is expressed through four tonal palettes that are nature-inspired, comprising soft comforting neutrals which have rich, invigorating accent hues that allow moments of personal expression.

Comeback

Our idea of ‘luxury’ has evolved. It once meant a hefty price tag or high-shine appeal, whereas today luxury is about craftsmanship, longevity, authenticity and understated beauty – reflections on where our new values lie. We are more mindful about the purchases we make and the idea of ‘less is more’ permeates every aspect of our lives. Designers are creating more quality products using recycled and repurposed materials, often in natural products, such as timber and stone. Our interiors are pared-back and uncomplicated, with furniture crafted from natural materials such as honeyed timbers, pale leather and tactile linen.

The Grounded palette is a medley of soft, liveable neutrals, running from pale biscuit and caramel through to muddy lavender. Hints of terracotta add warmth. Many of the colours can be used as the main shade throughout your home, with gold and coral making for beautiful highlights.

Indulge

With less time on our hands and information coming at us 24/7, the desire to escape is powerful. We look to create spaces that will keep our dreams of travel and adventure alive, with rich and dramatic palettes, sumptuous fabrics such as velvets and chenille’s, curvaceous furniture that embraces the sitter and touches of bling. Colours are lush and romantic, with styling providing a nod to the past, with nostalgic touches of 70s disco and art deco. The idea of ‘perfect interiors’ has had its day – frayed edges and time-worn finishes are all part of this look. The result is wonderfully indulgent spaces that make us feel inspired and alive.

The Indulge palette features rich burgundy, eggplant, earthy browns, faded terracotta and soft coral. There’s a passion and excitement to this palette that’s hard to resist, adding drama to a space.

Cultivate

There’s a growing awareness of the relationship between nature and our wellbeing and as a result, we look to bring elements of the outside inside our homes. Home is no longer only a place to rest and recover, it’s somewhere to rejuvenate and inspire. We seek out innovative ways to bring elements of the natural world into our interiors to encourage personal growth. We celebrate nature by growing our own food and filling our rooms with indoor plants, botanical prints and furniture crafted from materials such as timber and stone.

The Cultivate palette is a calm and gentle layering of greens that reinforces our connection to nature. Chalky blue, deep plum and curd provide a contrast and unexpected edge. The cultivate palette is one that will resonate with home enthusiasts – the colours and textures are easy to work with and have a warmth that conveys the essence of what ‘home’ really means.

Grounded

Our idea of ‘luxury’ has evolved. It once meant a hefty price tag or high-shine appeal, whereas today luxury is about craftsmanship, longevity, authenticity and understated beauty – reflections on where our new values lie. We are more mindful about the purchases we make and the idea of ‘less is more’ permeates every aspect of our lives. Designers are creating more quality products using recycled and repurposed materials, often in natural products, such as timber and stone. Our interiors are pared-back and uncomplicated, with furniture crafted from natural materials such as honeyed timbers, pale leather and tactile linen.

The Grounded palette is a medley of soft, livable neutrals, running from pale biscuit and caramel through to muddy lavender. Hints of terracotta add warmth. Many of the colours can be used as the main shade throughout your home, with gold and coral making for beautiful highlights.

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