CHROMA: A GRAPHIC VIEW

We have been visually devouring post-modern references over the past few years, and the popularity of these movements is ever increasing.  As we move through inspirations from Memphis to Bauhaus and beyond, these references are seeping into our creative minds and from this emerges a style that is distinctly modern and yet very familiar.  

 

 The style is highly chromatic and filled with bold schemes in saturated colour. Peach, melon, yellow, teal and blue form graphic elements dominating the forms that make up interiors. From block colour, shapely furniture and melting objects that seem to have emerged from a Dali-esque artwork to graphic outlines and line-work that create illusions reminiscent of work by Escher – your interior will begin to evolve beyond the mid-century post-modern style and into a vivid chromatic retreat.

A strikingly chromatic palette in clean and bold colours, saturated hues work alongside softer, greyed-off shades in the Chroma colour collection.  Together black and white is an essential starting point, whilst more muted tertiary hues are paired with stronger colour to create intriguing combinations.


Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

ENTWINE: A COLOURFUL WEAVE

Respectful appreciation for diversity is an important part of how we now live. More frequently than ever we are reminded of the need to strive for equality and to take a global view that extends beyond our backyard. We want to be connected with other cultures, be respectfully inspired by their traditions and unique creative talents.

We look for a connection – something that can create a dialogue between modernity and tradition or seemingly opposing cultures


This interior style is eclectic and combines many references to varying global cultures with modern pieces featuring weave and rich colour, inspired by landscapes from South America to the middle east. Rich colours such as red, burgundy, brown and oranges are brought together with the zest of bright yellow and blue to form unexpected combinations and diversify the look of a modern interior.

This eclectic range of colour displays richness and warmth in earthy red and botanical green with unexpected accents.  The Entwine palette is influenced by global cultures and landscapes creating a link between modernity and tradition.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

SENTIENCE: A TACTILE REMEDY

Texture has become a remedy for our senses.

Move away from smooth, cold surfaces and surround yourself with warm colours, flesh tones and vegetal hues. Rediscover colours that are soothing and restorative; relaxing and tonal. Begin to fill your home with texture, tactility and undulating surfaces. Your choice of materials becomes very important – how do they feel? Smell? Does your eye find interest in the apparent movement of the material's surface?

Texture has become a remedy for our senses. Tactility is our relief from the pressure of the screen and the smooth unsympathetic surfaces we endure daily.

Raw aesthetics are combined with manmade materials that provide visual interest and tactile qualities under our fingertips.

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Subtle pastels and soft naturals make up the Sentience palette.  New beiges with a hint of grey are versatile and will pair easily with the mellow hues of the range.


Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

We love this peaceful calm palette direction and look forward to incorporating these tones into a project. 

Antidote: A Colour Cure

Dulux Antidote Colour Trend 2017

DULUX COLOUR TRENDS 2017 THE FUTURE OF INTERIORS

ANTIDOTE: A COLOUR CURE

 

The Dulux Colour Trends 2017 is your perfect prescription to cure the mundane. The Colour Cure is prescribing distilled colour palettes as an antidote to many of the challenges we face in our modern lifestyles
— Dulux

The team at Dulux has gifted us four stunning trend palettes. We have decided to drop one trend per week over the next four weeks so you can savour the concepts and thought provoking inspiration. 


CONSTRUCT: A LUXE FOUNDATION


A tonal palette of cool hues for understated luxury.


Pared back beauty comes from a rawness found in architectural angles and the use of industrial materials such as concrete, steel and galvanised finishes. These elements combine with subtle, more tonal colour palettes that can create the illusion of depth and accentuate interior details. An atmospheric palette of blues and greys, warmth is found through metallic accents in platinum, copper and rust.

Industrial materials such as glass, concrete and metal are perfect partners for decorative details in the Construct trend. Metals such as bronze, copper, platinum and silver all work beautifully with the grey and shades in the palette.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

OUTDOOR DAYDREAMING

As implausible as it seems, summer is just around the corner and with this in mind we have been considering how to add style to our outdoor spaces.

Italian Manufacturer Roda maintain that we should “treat our outdoor spaces with the same pride as our indoor ones”.  Think of it as a way of extending living spaces, allowing the outdoors to become another room.

RODA Dandy Sofa & Outdoor Rug

DEDON Mu

With the myriad options available not only for outdoor furniture but accessories such as outdoor rugs, cushions, throws and lighting, beautiful spaces can be created on any budget.

As well as thinking about our outdoor rooms as extensions to our indoor spaces, we can also regard them as a space separate from how we live inside.   Think about layering cushions and rugs for lounging.  Bean bags are great for extra seating, we love the idea of storing them hung on hooks shown in the above photo! 

The beauty of these outdoor accessories is that they are so portable.  It's easy to create your own beautiful outdoor room anywhere - the park, the beach, the lake, the deck or the garden!

Playful and versatile is the collection by Stephen Burks designed for Dedon. Perfectly adding a textural pop of colour to our outdoor locations.

Don't forget to have a little fun. It is still not too late to create your very own outdoor dream location for summer.

Contact the team to discuss your project we can develop a plan with options and pricing effortlessly, turning your dream into a relaxing reality.


LIGHT AND DARK - COLOUR TREND

 

Continuing the theme of “looking both ways” i.e back to the past and forward into the future, The Dark and Light Palette blends tradition with modern innovation.  One of the key trends has been the importance of Darkness.  

 

Just as we need a dark sky in order to see the stars more clearly,  so it is with this palette.  The Dutch Masters of the 17th century epitomised this with their clever use of light playing against dark hues.

 

This can be translated into an interior scheme where there can be the juxtaposition of a dark and moody paint finish with rich and textural upholstery such as velvets to provide lustre, sheen and contrast.

Many of the colours in this palette combine coherently to reflect the tones of both dusk and dawn.

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HERITAGE IS OUR FUTURE - Colour Trend

We need to know about our past in order to design for our future.  Including the past is comforting and evokes a feeling of home. Having a foundation in the past gives us confidence to step into the future.

Terracotta Reds reflect our rich heritage, however these tones have a bright contemporary feel that leads us to the future. 

We are in love with these nude and blush tones in this palette. We continue to use these in our projects with much success especially when contrasted with dark timbers or modern stylised fittings.

Color Futures Akzo Nobel

Color Futures Akzo Nobel

Vintage and antique references may be in contrast To or support Our modern-day aesthetic.

DENIM DRIFT - AKZO NOBEL COLOUR 2017

Denim Drift is a unique shade that represents the times we live in.

I have to agree with the result of the extensive research by leading architects, interior designers and trend watchers, the Denim Drift colour palette best represents how we will live our lives in 2017.

Denim Drift colour trend 2017

To complement the Akzo Nobel Colour of the Year, a special colour palette featuring a spectrum of blues and tones has also been developed.

Denim Drift combined with the lighter shades creates a crisp and airy feel, whereas with the darker shades it takes on a more dramatic and moody atmosphere.

The complete colour palette.

The complete colour palette.

“The Color of the Year and its complementary color palette tell the story of our Life in a New Light trend, with darker and lighter hues that change the mood of a room,” added Van Gent. “With blue set to dominate interiors in 2017, Denim Drift is a unique shade that represents the times we live in.”
— Heleen van Gent, Head of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetics Center

This is a beautiful, timeless and versatile grey-blue that takes on different characteristics depending on how it's used.

Thank you Akzo Nobel for perfectly capturing our lives for 2017.  However we see the overall palette mood depends very much on the colours you combine it with. 

Contact us for help with developing this palette in your location.