Colour trends 2017

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Texture becomes a 'remedy' for our senses in a society where rapid tapping and swift swipes across digital devices have replaced tactile moments in Sentience.

Texture becomes a ‘remedy’ for our senses in a society where rapid tapping and swift swipes across digital devices have replaced tactile moments in Sentience. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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Sentience comprises subtle pastels and soft naturals, and new beiges with hints of grey that pair easily with mellow hues.

Sentience comprises subtle pastels and soft naturals, and new beiges with hints of grey that pair easily with mellow hues. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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The Sentience palette takes its cues from textures and the natural effects created by earth's materials such as clay, minerals, stone and wood.

The Sentience palette takes its cues from textures and the natural effects created by earth’s materials such as clay, minerals, stone and wood. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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Sentience comprises subtle pastels and soft naturals, and new beiges with hints of grey that pair easily with mellow hues.

Sentience comprises subtle pastels and soft naturals, and new beiges with hints of grey that pair easily with mellow hues. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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From shapely furniture and melting objects inspired by Salvador Dali to block colour and line work to create illusions, Chroma evolves beyond mid-century postmodern style into a vivid chromatic haven.

From shapely furniture and melting objects inspired by Salvador Dali to block colour and line work to create illusions, Chroma evolves beyond mid-century postmodern style into a vivid chromatic haven. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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Chroma is filled with bold schemes that create an accessible and contemporary look to stimulate and excite.

Chroma is filled with bold schemes that create an accessible and contemporary look to stimulate and excite. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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References emerge in Chroma of a style that is distinctly modern yet familiar with subtle retro influences.

References emerge in Chroma of a style that is distinctly modern yet familiar with subtle retro influences. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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Black and white is an important combination while greyed-off tertiary hues are paired with saturated colours including teal.

Black and white is an important combination while greyed-off tertiary hues are paired with saturated colours including teal. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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Entwine combines an eclectic range of colours with richness and warmth as well as unexpected accents.

Entwine combines an eclectic range of colours with richness and warmth as well as unexpected accents. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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With inspiration stemming from a connection with other cultures, Entwine's interior style is eclectic with modern pieces.

With inspiration stemming from a connection with other cultures, Entwine’s interior style is eclectic with modern pieces. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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The Entwine palette features colours inspired by landscapes from South America to the Middle East.

The Entwine palette features colours inspired by landscapes from South America to the Middle East. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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An eclectic range of colours with richness and warmth make up the Entwine range.

An eclectic range of colours with richness and warmth make up the Entwine range. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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Construct embraces the warmth of tarnished metals combined with a neutral and cool palette to create the illusion of depth and accentuate interior details.

Construct embraces the warmth of tarnished metals combined with a neutral and cool palette to create the illusion of depth and accentuate interior details. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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Copper Effects (available from December 2016) creates exquisite texture in a neutral colour palette.

Copper Effects (available from December 2016) creates exquisite texture in a neutral colour palette. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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Construct forms a perfect union for pared back beauty with a focus on raw materials, structure and form.

Construct forms a perfect union for pared back beauty with a focus on raw materials, structure and form. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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A range of inky blues add interest to a monochromatic scheme in Construct.

A range of inky blues add interest to a monochromatic scheme in Construct. Image: Supplied by Dulux

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Dulux yesterday revealed what colours we can expect to see from them in 2017. 

Antidote: A Colour Cure aims to offer a remedy for the modern challenges we face in the digital age through colour and texture.

“Colour has been used for many years to make people feel better, so it was an obvious choice for us,” says Dulux colour expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr.

Developed in conjunction with stylists Bree Leech and Heather Nette King, along with Lucena-Orr, the four palette themes that form Antidote are the result of extensive research into international trends.

“A trend that is strongly coming through is adding a lot more texture into paints, so people’s senses are not only stimulated visually but also on a tactile level.

“We are so often in contact with the smooth surfaces of our devices, that we end up craving tactile surfaces,” said Lucena-Orr. 

Sentience: A tactile remedy

Sentience comprises subtle pastels and soft naturals, and new beiges with hints of grey that pair easily with mellow hues. Image:  Supplied by Dulux

Created as a ‘remedy’ for our ever-present contact with technology screens, Sentience aims to replace the tactile moments we once took for granted. “Out of the four palettes, this one really emphasises the texture side of the collection with three shades that include a suede effect, and another which features a stone effect,” says Lucena-Orr. Taking its cues from earth’s materials such as clay, minerals, stone and wood, the palette comprises subtle pastels, soft naturals, and beiges with hints of grey.

Chroma: A graphic view

Chroma is filled with bold schemes that create an accessible and contemporary look to stimulate and excite.  Image:  Supplied by Dulux

Filled with bold schemes that create an accesible and contemporary look to stimulate and excite, Chroma draws inspiration from the Memphis to Bauhaus movements and beyond to reference a style that is distincly modern yet familiar with subtle retro influences. This evolves beyond mid-century postmodern style into a vivid chromatic haven, where black and white is an important combination and greyed-off tertiary hues are paired with saturated colours including peach, melon, teal and blue.

The Entwine palette features colours inspired by landscapes from South America to the Middle East.  Image:  Supplied by Dulux

Entwine: A colourful weave

“Entwine is the range with the most fashion influence, drawing from the colours of Africana and Mexicana,” explains Lucena-Orr. “It features traditional colours such as red, burgundy, yellow and blue, but is used in a modern sense. The shades in this palette are rich and warm, and can be used together to create interesting combos.”

Construct: A luxe foundation

Construct forms a perfect union for pared back beauty with a focus on raw materials, structure and form. Image:  Supplied by Dulux

According to Lucena-Orr, this masculine-based range is inspired by the rawness of materials such as concrete and metal. “It creates a very authentic look, and encourages us to accept that having something that looks unfinished is okay.” The warmth of tarnished metals are combined with a neutral and cool palette to create the illusion of depth and accentuate interior details. Combinations of dark greys are higlighted with Copper and Concrete Effects while a range of inky blues add interest to a monochromatic scheme.


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