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Trends & Finds

2016 Dulux Colour Forecast

The design age is dawning and one of Australia’s most recognised paint brand Dulux has revealed their colour forecast for 2016. And this is one of my favourites to date.

Explaining the focus for 2016, according to Dulux, “We desire the unique, the bespoke, the individual – seeking products that will add a sense of luxury and distinction in our lives. A new industry of customisation is being created by the makers, the designers, the creators – producing handcrafted products that connect with us and focus on the importance of design more than ever before.”

Celebrating the dawn of the design age, Dulux has identified four key trends with the assistance of tastemasters, designers and stylemakers.

Bio Fragility

Inspired by natural living matter, the soft chalky hues of Bio Fragility encompass flesh tones, lichen, moss and stone. Make note, the pale and subtle shades are inspired by brittle elements rather than soft textures themselves. Create a sophisticated space with the Oly San Francisco Klemm White Side Table, Fossil Chair and Thom Filicia East Coast Morning artwork.

Future Past

Steampunk merges with modern design in Future Past, recreating new versions of the old. Rich classic colours are given a mod overhaul and paired with mustard, pink and purple for decadent results. Enhance a traditional interior with a touch of glamour in the Jonathan Adler Cheval Bar Cart, Ingmar Chair and Maxime Chair.

Retro Mix

Taking cues from the new retro movement, this colour trend celebrates its lighter aspects. Think colour clashes and experimentation with acid brights and faded muddied tones of browns and olive. Celebrate this style with the Vespa Wall Clock, Jonathan Adler X Bench and Oly San Francisco Planet Vase collection.

Infinite Worlds

Dark and moodier than its counterparts in the 2016 forecast, Infinite Woods offers a juxtaposition of brilliant reds, pinks and corals with space age metallics. These are accented by glowing tones for an almost eerie effect that evokes a feeling of exploring uncharted worlds. For the look, pair the Jonathan Adler Brigitte Lounge Chair and Mrs Godfrey Settee with dark and dramatic wall colourings.

The key creatives behind bringing the forecast to life are Bree Leech and Heather Nette King, working alongside Dulux trend forecaster Andrea Lucena-Orr. The incredible photos by Lisa Cohen.

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