Surrounded by unfamiliarity, we are currently facing a ‘new normal’, far removed from our general comforts of connection and sociality. In a time where our homes have become a core hub of activity, we are increasingly using technology to connect with the outside world. At the same time, we are yearning for moments to disconnect from the constant stream of information to reset, reflect and recharge. This year, The Dulux Colour Forecast for 2021 is expressed through three tonal palettes that prioritises natural colours and textures for comfort and security, with moments of stronger colour to brighten our outlook and wellbeing.

Nourish Mood Board

To show my interpretation of the inspiring new colour palettes, I created a mood board for each. This was such a fun task that gave me the opportunity to really think about how I would combine the colours if I were to bring an interior project to life. For each mood board I selected three to four key paint colours, which I used for the background and smaller accents, some of which I first moulded in white clay. I then drew inspiration from each of the themes, to bring together different materials and natural elements. I’ve gone into more detail below, starting with my favourite palette, Nourish.

— Nourish —

Nourish Mood Board 

Whilst most of us are required to experience the world from within the four walls of our home, we are facing digital saturation at its most extreme. Craving time and space away from our screens, there is a renewed appreciation for nature and rituals of self-care to help soothe the mind and create an aura of calm and sense of wellbeing. The Nourish palette plays into this longing for natural beauty and earthly connection with biophilic hues that really speak to me. Starting with a warm, neutral backdrop in Dulux Kauri Cliffs, I added touches of sand, tan, mossy green and tumeric hues. One of my favourite colours is Dulux Pukekawa, a soft yellow that takes me back to my childhood. Yellow was my favourite colour and when I was given the exciting job of choosing a paint colour for my bedroom, it was very similar to this. I love how the colours connect us to nature, inspiring us to fill our homes and workspaces with plants and blooms. The tactility of materials and raw textures provide a level of physical comfort to the touch, whilst the round-form surfaces and soft shapes offer visual relief to encourage revitalisation.

Nourish Mood Board 
Background: Dulux Kauri Cliffs
Cubes: Dulux Morocco Tan
Clay forms: Dulux Sandymount and Pukekawa

— Reset —

Reset Mood Board
In the wake of our ‘new normal,’ a level of adaptability, positivity and resilience is at the forefront of our minds as we shift to a slow-paced lifestyle, far removed from the adventure and excitement we once thrived on. Reflecting on what is most important to us, we draw closer to our families and local community. The Reset palette reflects our renewed energy and desire to brighten our outlook as we adapt to home life. Subtly inspired by the 70s with uplifting hues of blue-green and energetic reds that offset whites and neutrals, I picked out two key colours to highlight these contrasts: Dulux Muriwai as the neutral backdrop, and Dulux Vixen, a deep red. Touches of soft pink soften the overall effect and I love how this theme speaks of meaningful combinations with objects and mementos from past travels and pieces that are durable and generous in shape and form. 

Reset Mood Board

Background: Dulux Muriwai
Round form: Dulux Vixen
Small objects: Dulux Prebbleton

— Retreat — 

Retreat Moodboard

Our idea of what home means has evolved. What was once a place for solace and recuperation is now our vehicle for daily life – from sleeping, eating, working to exercising. As our work-life boundaries continue to blur, we delve deeper in search of balance, restyling our spaces to accommodate our flexible lifestyle. We seek out the security of well-loved DIY traditions like cooking, baking and crafting to help us feel grounded and present. The grey, blue and brown hues of the Retreat palette were lovely to work with here. On a backdrop of timeless grey – Dulux Franz Josef Quarter, I layered Dulux Teahouse and Dulux Meerkat. The stormy hues channel tranquility, signifying better times to come, whilst essential whites and burgundy feed our sense of the familiar and tradition. Drawing on nostalgia to create that sense of familiarity and refuge we crave, I incorporated rustic ceramics and textural fabrics.

Retreat Mood Board
Background: Dulux Franz Josef Quarter
Large card: Dulux Teahouse
Cubes: Dulux Meerkat
All tiles are from Tile Space and textiles are from Martha’s Fabrics, with thanks. 
Styling and photography by Michelle Halford /TDC

To learn more about Dulux’s 2021 Colour Forecast visit www.dulux.co.nz.


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