Every day we're bombarded with new ways to shop, eat, work and be our best selves and the effect is exhausting. With so much background noise, it's easy to lose touch with what's important. In response, design trends for 2019 will be influenced by a desire for stillness, simplicity and honesty.
Expect to see organic shapes, frayed edges, contrasting textures and repurposed vintage pieces set against a backdrop of earthy neutrals, saturated greens and citrus brights – a palette perfect for nurturing and empowering and as diverse as the stories we have to tell.
Inspired by extensive global trends research, the 2019 Dulux Colour Forecast 'Filter' is a multi-faceted collection that draws together soothing neutrals, exhilarating brights and deep, decadent hues that hint at the grace of a bygone era. It comprises four carefully curated themes: Repair, Wholeself, Legacy and Identity.
The compilation aims to encourage self-expression and creativity. Rules are there to be broken, rather than following any prescribed formula. The focus, instead, is on creating joyful spaces that nourish our souls.
"This year's theme, Filter, speaks to our collective craving for individuality and personal expression," says Dulux Colour Expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr. "It helps us mindfully tap out all the distractions and focus on the things that move and inspire us.
"Our confidence with colour is growing, and with this the drive to create spaces that reflect our history, hopes and dreams. Mindful consumption is a key theme for 2019 and we can expect to see a paring back of the unnecessary and a greater emphasis on repurposing and reimagining objects surrounding us. The result is a new kind of bespoke where the traditions of the past are celebrated in dynamic and modern ways."
Reflecting our desire to reconnect with nature and form a deeper understanding of our place in the world, the Repair palette is a collection of earthy neutrals, rich greens and spicy notes of cinnamon and sienna. A cocooning palette that's very much grounded in nature – it hints at personal growth and fresh beginnings. "Repair is my favourite palette of 2019," says Lucena-Orr. "I love its muted, tonal combinations and slightly off-beat, vintage feel. It sets a warm, nurturing mood in a space and creates the perfect backdrop for timber, leather and unusual collectibles."
With a never-ending stream of information pulling us in different directions every time we reach for our smartphones or open our laptops, the need for stillness and quiet has never been stronger. The Wholeself palette draws together gentle shades of mauve-grey, powdery pinks and touches of gold to create serene, calming interiors that allow us to take a breath and tune back into our own rhythm.
"From our global research it's clear there will be an emphasis on wellness and mindfulness in 2019 and the Wholeself palette really plugs into these themes," says Lucena-Orr. "With its soft, light tones and subtle layerings of texture, it's a palette to ignite the senses and revive a tired spirit. It's also easy to decorate with existing whites and cool neutrals, which I believe will make it a popular choice for home enthusiasts."
The spaces we occupy tell a story – one that speaks not just of our past, but also the history of those who came before us. Legacy is a palette of intense, saturated hues such as deep purple, russet and aqua, offset by brown-based pinks. These create an elegance and theatre of a bygone era moving into a contemporary age. "The Legacy palette is timeless yet thoroughly modern. Think rich colour, classic furniture and sumptuous textiles used in unexpected ways. For example, these colours may be set against a streamlined backdrop or styled with an industrial edge," says Lucena-Orr. "Purple has emerged as a base colour and is softened by paler shades of lilac and mauve – it's a palette to push your creative boundaries."
The Identity palette speaks to the rule breaker in all of us. Clashing patterns, quirky combinations and no-holds-barred brights come to the fore, bringing with them a sense of optimism and cheer.
"Featuring striking blues, purples and shades of citrus, this palette encourages you to incorporate a playful side into your décor," says Lucena-Orr. "These colours command you to be brave and experiment with unique looks in the home. They translate particularly well in the bedroom – a nurturing space that's all about you. Paint the door, a piece of furniture or a feature nook in a bright and invigorating shade and watch the room come to life."
When it comes to reinvigorating your interiors, there is no easier or more effective tool than colour. "Whether you choose to go all-out and paint an entire room or simply add some accents, you'll be amazed at the transformative effect of colour," says Lucena-Orr.
"Incorporating one or more colours from any of these four palettes will bring your home right up-to-date. And if you prefer to take a more low-key approach, all these shades go beautifully with Dulux's Most Loved Whites as well as the neutral greys and greiges that are trending right now."
For the perfect finishing touch, just add texture. "Textured paint creates a natural, tactile feel and looks incredible on feature walls, nooks and smaller pieces of furniture or accessories. Once applied, it adds another dimension to colour as the undulation of the texture creates an appealing shadow effect." And just like that, you've taken your home to a whole new level.
To learn more about Dulux's 2019 Colour Forecast or to view the eMag visit: dulux.com.au