The latest news from our Dulux colour experts on colour, paint, design, trends and events.

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The Milan Report

Our Dulux colour experts along with independent trend forecasters attend Milan Design Week and the furniture fair Salone Del Mobile each year to gather key insights, inspiration and influencing factors that will affect Australian and New Zealand interiors over the coming years. Here we share with you the top 5 trends the Dulux team documented during their visit, which will help to create our next Dulux Colour Trends for 2018 to inspire you in your own home.


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Pink Generation

Millennial pink has had a huge influence over colour palettes. Pink in all its varying hues was seen throughout the fair, often used in beautiful tonal palettes ranging from soft porcelain to deep wine colours.

Bring the trend into your home: Choose a pink that suits you, cool and ‘poppy’ or warm and relaxed. Add a little in accessories or create a tonal palette of warm hues.

Image Left - Cassina; Top - Norman Coppenhangen; Bottom - Miniforms

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Curvaceous Lines

Curves, circles and ovals were a repetitive feature in furniture, accessories and architectural details in temporary installations. Furniture shapes were comfortable organic forms or curved to create half circles.

Bring the trend into your home: Choose soft rounded organic shapes in furniture pieces or consider accessories such as round mirrors, artwork, cushions and rugs.

Image Left - Tachini; Top - Sp01; Bottom - Mingardo

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Simple Geometry

Throughout Milan Design Week there was a repetition of diagonal lines and stripes as well as simple grid patterns. Used as a feature on walls or on furniture as a pattern, it was seen as bold and contrasting or subtle tone on tone.

Bring the trend into your home: With a bold geometric paint feature on your wall or on a furniture piece.

Image Left - Dimore Studio; Top - Driade; Bottom - Studio Pepe

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Second time around

There is a trend towards creating new recycled or upcycled materials. Designers and manufacturers are collaborating, looking at how they can use 'circular' production processes, aiming to reduce waste while still making quality, affordable products.

Bring the trend into your home: By buying furniture and textiles that are created from waste, byproduct, recycled or upcycled materials.

Image left - Ariane Prin; Top - Paul Cocksedge; Bottom - Max Lamb

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Perfectly imperfect

Embracing imperfections and a return to handmade was a key trend this year. There is irregularity, asymmetry and an unpolished beauty in natural materials - they share a certain bespoke quality that makes them interesting and unique.

Bring the trend into your home: With a textured wall which is applied in an organic pattern rather than in a uniformed way.

Image left - Thomas Nathan; Top - Driade; Bottom - Studio Lizan

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Contributors

Andrea Lucena-Orr

Colour Planning and Communications Manager for Dulux Group, Andrea Lucena-Orr researches colour trends presenting her findings to trade and retail markets, along with media. Travelling to Milan Design Week, Andrea and Bree Leech solidify their initial ideas to create the trends for the following year. “I adore working with colour - it has the power to transform products and spaces and is integral in evoking emotion”

Bree Leech

Bree Leech is the creative director behind the Dulux Colour Forecast. Collaborating closely with Dulux trend forecaster Andrea Lucena-Orr to create the trends she also produces & styles the images, Bree Leech's extensive experience in the design industry helps shape the Dulux trends each year. "Colour trends are intriguing and often complex, I love being able to bring them to life in imagery that is both beautiful and tells a story."

Davina Harper

Davina is the Colour & Design Specialist at Dulux NZ, responsible for the New Zealand colour strategy. She has a background in marketing and studied interior design at Te Tuhi. She is currently completing a Diploma of Colour Design at ISDC. This was her second trip to Salone del Mobile in Milan. "I love how colour and colour combinations are constantly evolving and how closely influenced they are by what is happening in society as a whole"