As we gradually emerge from another difficult year, we find that the world has changed, and our outlook has changed with it. With our ‘future normal’ still to be decided, we find ourselves asking the questions: What do we really need to live well and what could we happily live without? In response to this challenge, Dulux Colour Forecast 2022 palettes will reflect our desire to simplify our lives and boost our connection with nature and the people and experiences that matter most.
Wall: Ōpononi Double, Feature wall: Wigram
Dulux conducts year-round research into the latest international and local interior trends set to influence New Zealand’s design and the way we live. With international travel off the agenda for now, the Dulux Colour Forecast 2022 – led by Dulux Colour Specialist, Davina Harper, in conjunction with Colour Forecaster and Stylist, Bree Leech – has been informed by virtual seminars such as Future Laboratory UK and Colour Hive, the Colour Marketing Group workshops, forecast reports and engagements with local and international brands.
Because of the uncertainty about what the future holds, we crave comfort and reassurance in our homes. By spending more time here than ever before, we have a newfound appreciation for the importance of good design and choose to surround ourselves with things that are not just beautiful but enhance our wellbeing and quality of life. The Dulux Colour Forecast 2022 comprises three exciting palettes drawn from our Earth’s surroundings that feature rich, earthy tones and natural textures, alongside joyful, summery hues that awaken our zest for life.
For today’s post I’ve chosen to share a close look at Restore. A palette that resonates strongly, I love that it centres around earth-based hues combining both soft and rugged natural tones.
The Restore palette consists of gentle, earthy neutrals alongside more rugged, natural tones; buttercream, pumice, airy blue, clay, rich forest green, moss and purple-black. These colours speak of restrained minimalism, soothing our senses and providing the soft backdrop needed to adjust to constant changes in our lives. Furniture is chunky and reassuring, with curves that follow the lines of the body, accessorised with simple, handmade décor pieces in interesting and often imperfect shapes. Detailing is kept to a minimum, with the focus firmly on form and function.
“This palette is inspired by our innate need for authentic connection and experience,” says Davina Harper. “Interiors have become our cocoon and a place where we can practice wellness and self-care rituals. We’re choosing less, however, focusing on more quality items that last and provide comfort above all else.”
Front wall: Dulux Millwater, Back wall: Dulux Peep-O-Day
Walls and trim: Dulux Waiau Bay Half
Wall: Dulux Waiau Bay Half
Recognising the need for clarity and calm and looking to simplify the spaces we occupy, we desire less, but look for quality products. Sustainability is key; we are prepared to pay more for pieces that are responsibly made and will last. After removing the unessential, we are suddenly able to appreciate beauty in the simplest of things. With Comfort the priority when it comes to decorating our homes we look to surround ourselves with cosy and cocooning pieces that will help us relax and process the events of the past year. One of the most important human senses, ‘touch’, which many of us have felt neglected of in the past year, is at the forefront of considered design. Having spent so much time on our devices, we yearn for tactile experiences and a connection with our loved ones as well as nature, seeking out natural fibres and materials, such as raw timber, unstructured linen and textured stone.