Dulux’s Colour Forecast 2024 Is a Direct Result of More Home Entertaining

Dulux Colour of the Year

The results are in, and Dulux Colour Forecast 2024 has been announced. Now in its 25th year, the paint supplier’s annual on-trend colour prediction this year comprises three palettes: Solstice, Journey and Muse.

Their common theme, Dulux says, is that they’re mid-toned hues, though each palette, it says, feels distinctly different. The colours were chosen based on industry events including Salone del Mobile Milano, trend and insight reports, fashion catwalks, product and design launches and Dulux research in the UK, Italy and France.

The rising cost of living has Australians embracing entertaining at home, Dulux says. As such, this year’s palettes step deeper into mid-tone shades that evoke feelings of warmth, security and resilience.

“Mid-tones are an answer to create positivity and warmth in the home,” says Andrea Lucena Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager.

The Dulux Muse palette is a celebration of modernising the free-spirited styles of the past, bringing up feelings of nostalgia, especially for the ’70s inspiration, she says. It features bold rich tan and russet brown colours, with all tones giving off a sophisticated glow.

Muse Dulux Colour of the Year

Dulux Solstice palette, on the other hand, was inspired by a pared-back Scandinavian design style with the added warmth of colours found in the Mediterranean and desert landscapes. It includes rich reddy-browns, coral and warm neutrals, like yellow, which evokes a comforting, familiar and inviting feeling.

Solstice Dulux Colour of the Year

Finally, the Journey palette has a much more eclectic and maximalist feel and reflects on global influences. It includes rich reds and plums, and can add depth and meaning to any space.

Journey colour palette

As for what renters and homeowners can do with this information, Lucena Orr says introducing them will help to keep your home on-trend. You may want to bring the colours into your space through paint, furniture or layered and textured homewares — whether that’s with minor styling adjustments or full-room transformations.

“The best way for your home to stay current is by adding and changing small elements each year,” says Lucena Orr. “This could be as simple as bed linen, cushions, a rug, furniture or paint highlights. Year-on-year, we’re seeing Australians become more confident with using colour in their homes.”

The palettes can be used on all four walls of a room in your home, particularly in bedrooms and formal living spaces. For smaller spaces, Lucena Orr suggests using the colours on either one of two walls, even considering ceilings. You could also use the colours on picture or dado rails.

“Even small bursts of colour can evoke emotions in a room through objects and features,” says Lucena Orr.

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