Dulux Colour Forecast 2022

The world has changed, and so have our homes. Every year Dulux forecasts the colours and cultural trends set to underpin our homes over the coming 12 months, and 2022 is all about finding positivity.

Across the country, we have all been affected in different ways, and by spending more time indoors than ever before, many have discovered a newfound appreciation of good design. There’s a desire to be bold, expressive and seek new experiences, while also craving comfort and reassurance in our homes.

The Dulux Colour Forecast 2022 comprises three exciting palettes reflective of these current times, which feature rich, earthy tones and natural textures, alongside joyful, summery hues that awaken our zest for life. 

30 October 2021

Kathryn Trentini

30th October 2021

‘Living through a pandemic has made us feel even more connected to our homes. Once you live with colour and experience the connection and emotion it creates, you’ll never return to a blank canvas.‘ – Andrea Lucena-Orr.

The Dulux Colour Forecast is back in 2022 with three inspiring palettes. Underpinning the forecast is the ongoing pandemic and as we gradually emerge from another difficult year, we look to find meaning in all we have endured.

‘Living through a pandemic has made us feel even more connected to our homes,’ says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communication manager. ‘When it comes to future trends, comfort is key. We want our living spaces to calm and nurture us, so we can process everything we’ve experienced over the last year, and at the same time, help us rediscover our zest for life looking forward.’

Dulux’s research of the current landscape has resulted in the following exciting palettes, ranging from warm tones, to deep decadent hues, and joyful nature-inspired pastels. 

Having spent so much time on our devices over the past 18 months, many are yearning for tactile experiences and a connection with loved ones. Time spent in nature is also a key desire, inspiring an uptake in natural fibres and materials such as raw timber, unstructured linen and textured stone.

The Restore palette consists of gentle, earth-based neutrals alongside more rugged, natural tones; buttercream, pumice, deep blue, clay, rich forest green, moss and charcoal-purple. These colours recede and do not demand attention, instead soothing our senses and providing a reassuring backdrop to readjust to constant change.

‘This palette is inspired by our innate need for authentic connection and experience,” says Andrea. ‘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.’

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Breaking away from the past brings with a sense of liberation, awakening a desire to live more boldly, travel further, and experience everything life has to offer. The vibrant Flourish palette speaks to sentiment, influenced by a newfound sense of adventure and passion for life.

Encompassed in this rich, sensual palette are hues that instil a feeling of warmth and intimacy including petrol blue, desert red and dusty rose alongside warm neutrals and a pop of vintage gold. Interiors are layered, expressive and unapologetically individual, encompassing decadent fabrics such as velvet, silk and natural leather.

‘It’s a look for those who want to rewrite design rules,’ says Andrea. ‘As we move towards more freedoms, these colours enrich our feelings of empowerment and spark our imagination. With this comes unrestricted expression, inclusivity and a celebration of the diversity in our community.’

Wonder is a palette of unbridled joy featuring light pastels and playful, summery hues such as cornflower blue, lilac, lemon, green quartz and rose gold. Together, these shades evoke a cheerful and optimistic feel with a strikingly clear message: better days lie ahead. 

Surprising combinations highlight the whimsical nature of this look; think quaint florals with eclectic colours, or checks paired with sleek, contemporary furniture. 

For bedrooms, Andrea recommends a deep and decadent tone from the Flourish palette, such as Dulux Deep Leather or Dark Door. For the workspace, look to the fresh and energising tones such as Dulux Harmonious or Celery Green, or update your front door with Dulux Edvard, Pink Papaya and Oboe D’Amore. 

‘Adding one or more colours from the Forecast palettes – whether it’s with paint or accessories – is a great way to bring your home up to date, as well as creating that positive change in your surroundings so many of us crave right now,’ says Andrea. ‘Once you live with colour and experience the connection and emotion it creates, you’ll never return to a blank canvas.’

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