dulux colour forecast 2021

Every year we look forward to the Dulux Colour Forecast – an annual report revealing current cultural trends set to influence design choices for the coming year. This year’s forecast worked a little differently. As most European design and architecture shows (where research for the Colour Forecast is usually conducted) were cancelled, the 2021 report is underpinned by new sources, including numerous virtual updates, and engagements with local and international brands.

 

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. Nourish palette. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.

 

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. Reset palette. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. Nourish palette. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.

 

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. Reset palette. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. Reset palette. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. Retreat palette. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.

 

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. Reset palette. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. Retreat palette. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.

 

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. Reset palette. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.

‘This year’s soft, earthy neutrals, muted greens and gentle mauve-greys provide a reassuring connection with nature, while richer and brighter hues, such as coral and stormy blue, awaken our senses and allow for moments of optimism.’ – Andrea Lucena-Orr

The 2021 Dulux Colour Forecast is all about introducing soothing tones into the home. Expressed as three tonal palettes, there’s an emphasis on natural colours and textures for comfort and security, with moments of stronger colour to brighten our outlook and wellbeing. 

Whilst the Forecast for 2020 was about creating a sanctuary away from the demands of life, about reconnecting with ourselves and disconnecting with technology, 2021 is about embracing our homes as the epicentre of our lives. Needs must, given the abrupt change in early 2020.

The Dulux Colour Forecast is an annual report that looks at current cultural trends set to impact design over the coming year. In response to the pandemic, the 2021 forecast reflects the desire for reassurance and strength, with three nurturing palettes that speak of familiarity and comfort. ‘This year’s soft, earthy neutrals, muted greens and gentle mauve-greys provide a reassuring connection with nature, while richer and brighter hues, such as coral and stormy blue, awaken our senses and allow for moments of optimism,’ says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communications manager.

The warm whites, brown-based neutrals and dusty blues of the Retreat palette are a reaction to the current instability of the world, offering a sense of familiarity and refuge. This palette is also indicative of the increasingly blurred lines between work and home, encouraging unpredictable material and colour combinations such as burgundy and deep ocean blue. ‘We need flexible spaces that can multi-task as spaces to conduct our professional lives and perform household tasks, however, at the same time, we need our homes to provide balance, calm and a sense of comfort and security,’ says Andrea.

The Nourish palette features mossy and sage greens, turmeric and citrus that play into the collective longing for earthly connection, as technology use increases. Gentle, buff neutrals and touches of tan, soft olive and muted ochre capture our renewed appreciation for natural beauty. Nourish encourages us to unplug and be present in the moment; a palette that revitalises the home and nourishes the soul. 

Finally, the Reset palette contains uplifting hues of blue-green, energetic reds and contrasting neutrals to brighten our outlook as we adapt to home life. Playful mash-ups of pink and terracotta hint at 70s nostalgia and evoke memories of travel and fun.

See more from the Dulux Colour Forecast 2021 here.

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