Dulux have predicted the latest international trends from around the world for 2014, which denotes travelling the world without leaving home as in being a digital nomad. Be inspired by cultures that place emphasis on energetic colour and vibrant pattern. Imagine being immersed in the life of an Aztec tribe or feeling the energy of a Moroccan market place. (Personally, it would be better to feel the real thing rather than digitally through the click of a mouse don’t you think?)
Anyway, will try to explain what they are getting at – sometimes the language gets a little flowery and designery for some of us more humble earthlings. There are 4 sections/tribes of colour which are named as below. Rejoice- it is a return to colour and pattern big time! Pretty sharp colour along with lots of soft pastel almond colours including flesh pinks, rusty browns, in the aquas thrown in with some really vibrant fluoro colours too. All of these can be placed in amongst our more neutral greys, creams, whites, browns and blacks to spice things up a little and add much needed punches of colour.
1. The Digital Nomads Palette Think Aztec prints colours and vibrancy. Digital patterns, Geometric shapes too. Colours are bright with smokey amethysts and metallics coming in too. Overall feel is sharp, and contemporary with an edge of softness.
2. The Retro Visionaries Palette Here you can see energetic forward thinking with bright colours, some almost fluoro (interior colours always follow fashion), so bright yellows, cerise pinks, azure blues, mixed in with bright turquoise. These also have a slightly retro feel to them too. A little of this in an interior will go a long way and the trick is to pick one or two colours and play with them in different ways in each room. Don’t try to have the whole lot in one house, otherwise it will feel like living in a kaleidoscope of colour. Overwhelming.
3. The Precious Elementals Palette This has a more masculine vibe with strong, earthy umbers, browns, and rusts mixed in with greys and soft natural woods. This represents our awareness of what we are doing to our earth as we live here. There is a softness about this new contemporary look, gone is the tough steel, industrial look of chrome. Organic in feel, it has used quiet, muted, neutral colours, with nothing rustic or worn. This palette is infinitely useable anywhere in the home and will be easy to incorporate into existing themes. Perfect!
4. The Romantic Spirits Palette This has a softness and romantic warmth about this palette. The colours show a fresh look at our heritage. The pink/flesh may be a little feminine for some, but if you mix in with contemporary charcoal geometrics it becomes hip and vibrant. There is a nostalgic nod to our past, which lets us incorporate these older pieces into our digital age- the return of turned legs for example. Touches here and there are all that is required, and when mixed in with rusty browns it gives it a strong edge that is not frilly. There is a rustic feel to this palette too as soft patinas and worn woods sit happily alongside the moody colour. (This is my personal favourite as can be seen by the “I love Pink” pinterest board)
Well there you have it. Click on the links above to find the Dulux Paint Colour suggestions. Am pleased to say have been using Lyttleton, Opito Bay, Ohai, Franz Josef in interior design colour schemes lately. So far no one has gone for the pink, but am slowly adding it around the all male Hutton House. Do you think they’ll notice? Which one is your favourite? Can you think of ways to update your existing colours schemes to incorporate these new colours? If you would like help with this, we’d love to hear from you.