From tropical brights to pared back soft neutrals, Dulux has predicted the four hottest colour palettes we’ll be seeing much more of in 2018.

The broad collection of fashion-forward hues was globally inspired with colours drawn from nature paired with zesty shades that hint at exotic adventures.

Dulux Colour Expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr suggests ‘natural, earthy colours and textures will be coming to the fore’ and ‘we’ll also see an inspiring travel palette…filled with palm prints, happiness and visual delights’.

If you’re looking to makeover your home it can’t hurt to get ahead of the curve and embrace a selection of gorgeous paint colour combinations that everyone will be using at home come 2018.

Essential

Taking its cues from minimalist thinking this colour palette heroes uncomplicated design and is comprised of mainly muted tones. Create a peaceful setting with warm shades of leather, soft putty, neutral pinks and cool grey-green. Add a dash of drama with blue highlights.

 Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Essential Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Essential Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Of the four colour themes, Andrea foresees that the Essential palette ‘will dominate as home enthusiasts will appreciate how easily these colours can transform and update a space’.

Accessorise with-

Furnishings that showcase natural textures (i.e. linen, stoneware, leather and timber) and simple design.

 Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Essential Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Essential Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Kinship

Celebrating cultural heritage and folklore details the eclectic Kinship colour palette embraces warm and inviting tones. It consists of cosy subtle neutrals and bolder rich hues derived from nature. Think terracotta, burnished red, charcoal, ochre and faded greens.

 Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Accessorise with-

Leafy green houseplants, terracotta pots, woven wall hangings, tribal prints and knick-knacks from your travels.

 Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Escapade

Inspired by the sights, sounds and smells of distant shores, the Escapade palette consists of summery tropical brights that bring fun and playfulness to spaces. Inspired by the glam hotels of sun-drenched Brazil, Palm Springs and Miami, the palette’s key hues include pale mint, teal, tangerine, zesty mustard, blue and millennial pink.

 Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Escapade Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Escapade Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Accessorise with-

Bold botanical prints, velvet, gold accessories, geometric patterns, 80s inspired furnishings and coloured glassware.

 Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Escapade Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Escapade Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Reflect

Celebrating 70s glamour and 90s edginess, the Reflect palette is moody, bold and dramatic. Look out for greyish purple, warm burgundy, rich green, burnt rose and the occasional use of avocado as an accent.

 Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Reflect Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Reflect Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Accessorise with-

Luxe velvet drapery, plush jewel toned velvet couches, dark stained timber flooring, abstract art and gold light fittings.

 Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Reflect Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Image: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Reflect Palette. Styling: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Changing one or more colours in your home is a great way to refresh your space and keep your décor up to date.

Andrea says, ‘colour is a wonderful way to express our personal tastes and passions’.

‘The key to making these new hues work in your home’, she says, ‘is to understand the look and feel you’re hoping to create. Establishing this will give you more confidence balancing the deeper and brighter colours with the more muted shades’.

Happy painting!

The Homely Team

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Larissa Gardner
Larissa Gardner is the Marketing Manager at arguably Australia’s best looking real estate website homely.com.au. With a superb devotion to product innovation, user-centred design and innovative marketing platforms for real estate agents, homely.com.au helps millions of Australians find their next home.

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