With a chill in the air and the long nights settling in, there’s no better time to up the cosiness factor in your home. This autumn, sophisticated earthy shades partnered with light neutrals will dominate alongside tribal-inspired textured furnishings – perfect for creating a cocooning and nurturing space that home enthusiasts crave for this season.
The Dulux Kinship Palette is one of four key themes identified in the Dulux 2018 Colour Trends. The collection of rich hues is inspired by traditional cultures and folklore, and features warm terracotta, russet, soft grey-greens, cosy neutrals and pops of vibrant red that hint at an Eastern influence. It pairs beautifully with the natural materials that are so popular right now – warm timbers, stone and linens.
“This colour palette exudes warmth, but in a sophisticated and contemporary way. It is easy to work with, allowing you to add character with minimal fuss,” Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Expert said.
“If you’re nervous about the idea of introducing deep colours to your space, you needn’t be. You’ll find that even a small amount of these richer hues against a white or neutral background, in the right spot, can make a big impact,” Andrea said.
Whether you choose to go all-out with these deeper shades or just add a few touches here and there, the key is to pair them with a complementary white or neutral that boasts similar undertones. This will create a sense of balance, allowing the bold hues to enhance rather than overwhelm a space.
Fireplaces or feature walls are spots where you can use small doses of colour to great effect. Or you can consider repainting the front door, the edge of shelving, a storage nook or around a door frame.
Create a stunning tonal vignette for very little outlay by painting a medley of op shop vessels in similar shades of the one colour and displaying on a hallway table or mantelpiece.
“Paint is such an easy and affordable way to keep your interiors up-to-date, and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone colour-wise can be incredibly fun and rewarding,” Andrea said.
“Best of all, if a colour isn’t what you’re looking for, you can easily change it.”