As the weather cools and we return to living and entertaining indoors, our interiors will play a crucial role in enriching the senses and providing comfort and connection in the home. The Flourish palette – one of three colour palettes from the 2022 Dulux Colour Forecast – harmoniously blends the warm, natural shades of Dulux Whāngārā and Sandfly Point Half with the bold, rich tones of Dulux Silo Park and Pōhutu Geyser, to create a welcoming and comforting space where people can relax and retreat to over the cooler autumn months.

Ceiling : Dulux Sandfly Point Half, Walls: Dulux Whāngārā

Artwork: ‘Connor Ives C’ by Elsbeth Shaw, Studio Gallery

Dulux Colour Specialist Davina Harper says colour can be the key to elevating your home interior to create a fresh and inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy. “There are some really beautiful colours in the Flourish palette. Dulux Whāngārā is a surprisingly versatile warm putty-coloured neutral, which works alongside many other colours, like the decadent Dulux Silo Park. “I also think Dulux Sandfly Point Half will resonate with home enthusiasts as it’s a contemporary, slightly warm white that suits both traditional and modern aesthetics.”

Ceiling : Dulux Sandfly Point Half, Walls: Dulux Whāngārā
Artwork: ‘Connor Ives C’ by Elsbeth Shaw, Studio Gallery

Ceiling: Dulux Sandfly Point Half, Walls: Dulux Whāngārā

To help showcase the palette and inspire the use of colour interiors, Dulux Colour Forecaster and stylist Bree Leech undertook a makeover in an open plan living and dining space using the Flourish palette. Used primarily for family time but also entertaining, Bree incorporated soft pinks, warm whites and rich reds from the palette to help build on the room’s existing character and features. “The space is a beautiful, light-filled modern extension in a family home with great architectural details – we wanted to showcase this by using the natural, muted tones from the Flourish palette on the wall as a tonal backdrop to the stronger accent colour and then punctuate the interior with bold, daring colours in the decor to create a more distinct look and feel. The side table and cabinet feature Dulux Coatesville, which works with other red moments throughout to connect the adjoining areas. Adding blue and black accents also helps break up all of the tonality within the room, providing the dining area with a related identity to the open plan living area.” 

Ceiling: Dulux Sandfly Point Half, Cabinets: Dulux Basic Coral, Feature Wall: Dulux Silo Park 
Artworks: Artwork (large) ‘2021 Serpent Series’ by Barbara Kittallides; Artwork (small) ‘Clay Bird’ print by Stacey Rees, Modern Times


Ceiling: Dulux Sandfly Point Half, Cabinets: Dulux Basic Coral, Feature Wall: Dulux Silo Park

Artworks: Artwork (large) ‘2021 Serpent Series’ by Barbara Kittallides; Artwork (small) ‘Clay Bird’ print by Stacey Rees, Modern Times

When applying colours from the Dulux Colour Forecast, Bree recommends starting with a tonal palette to build from before connecting the main furniture pieces. “To add an edge to the interior, select some smaller statement pieces that feature bold colours and interesting finishes, such as natural stone and coloured glass, to provide contrast, however, still complement and harmonise your overall colour scheme. Highlight bold colour in artwork and soft furnishings, and don’t forget to add versatility to the scheme with some additional hues, the way we have, by adding blue, black and cream.” Warmth can also be created using texture by way of soft furnishings with textured fabric and tactile finishes in the Flourish palette. Helping to bring a polished and customised look to the space, think dining room seating, living room sofas and cushions, or even statement occasional chairs. 

According to Davina, there are so many colour and scheming options in the Flourish palette, each creating a dramatically different effect, so don’t be afraid to explore the range and test out different concepts before you commit to a look. “If you want a more contrasting ambience, look at a warmer main colour and simply use a cool combination of décor items in colours such as Dulux Kenepuru Sound, Karori or Browns Bay. If you want to create a much moodier space, reverse the scheme and use these bold hues as the main colour(s) and add the warmth in your accents to balance.” 

Ceiling: Cabinets: Dulux Basic Coral, Feature Wall: Dulux Silo Park

Artworks: Artwork (large) ‘2021 Serpent Series’ by Barbara Kittallides; Artwork (small) ‘Clay Bird’ print by Stacey Rees, Modern Times


Ceiling & Kitchen: Dulux Sandfly Point Half, Cabinets: Dulux Basic Coral, Feature Wall: Dulux Silo Park

Artworks: Artwork (large) ‘2021 Serpent Series’ by Barbara Kittallides; Small Artwork – ‘Earthlines Pink’ by Daniela Cristallo

Autumn colour tips from Dulux’s Expert: Davina Harper 

Autumn palettes tend to consist of warm hues – both neutral and rich tones – and you can layer variations of these colours to add depth and interest to your space.
Consider the intent of the space: softer warm hues of pinks and earthy reds can create a light and cosy atmosphere whilst selecting the deeper hues of blues and greens can create a calm or moody space.
Ensure you love the colour(s) before you make your final decision. Colours can differ greatly due to lighting and surrounding colour, so make sure you sample your colours before you commit to a purchase.
If you want to replicate the Flourish palette, I recommend testing a couple of key colours you initially gravitated towards and leave them up on your walls for 2-3 days to ensure the colour(s) work in your space and under different lighting conditions, both natural and artificial. You can also add some other colours from the palette for furnishings and décor items.
For an autumnal bedroom look, try the soft pink and putty tones of Dulux Whāngārā or Pōhutu Geyser on the walls. Pair with Sandfly Point Half on the trims and ceiling and SiloPark as inspiration for your bed linen.
Styling by Bree Leech / Photography by Lisa Cohen

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