After these couple of years many of us are still feeling overwhelmed, and are looking for something more relaxing and authentic. In response to that, Dulux Color Forecast 2023 reflects our desire to connect with nature with warm, earth-drawn neutrals, natural textures and uplifting brighter hues. Dulux paints are made in Australia and are major trend forecasters worldwide. So let’s discover 3 main Dulux color trends for 2023. These color palettes by Dulux are very different – some people crave lightness and whimsy, whilst others seek order and reassurance.
“Color forecasting for interiors is an evolution,” says Lucena-Orr. “While fashion is an important influencer, the shifts in interiors are more subtle and nuanced. The palettes we can expect to see in our homes in 2023 are predominantly warm and nurturing, with nature continuing to be a key driver of trends. Brighter hues continue, however, they are deeper than last year.”
Another important factor is sustainability – that material objects must earn its place in our homes – it’s no longer enough that piece to be beautiful. Dulux also emphasises that people be more interested in sustainability and quality materials. Also, more and more objects will be second hand, vintage and handcrafted.
Dulux Home Color Trends For 2023 #1: BALANCE
Balance features serene marine blues, gentle greens and accents of deep garnet that evoke the beauty and fluidity of the ocean and shoreline. Inspiration from the seaside – soft curves, elegant and refined mood that is very much needed after pandemic. “Post-pandemic, not everyone is craving indulgence, risk and change – some crave the reassurance of structure and rules,” says Lucena-Orr.
“Balance is very much inspired by a ‘less is more’ philosophy, with minimal detailing and a restrained approach to decorating. Instead, the focus is on immersive colour and the beauty of complex, structured patterns found in nature, such as a simple seashell or fern frond,” says Leech.
Luxe textures, such as velvet and silk, furniture with exaggerated, curved silhouettes, abstract art, and décor pieces with organic shapes and delicate pleating complete the look. “Balance has an elegant, understated feel that would work beautifully in an inner-city apartment or a terrace home,” she says.
Dulux Home Color Trends For 2023 #2: CONNECT
Connect color palette is more comforting and all about fostering our relationship with the great outdoors, which is still a huge trend in interior design. It features warm, earthy tones of moss, wasabi, sandstone, muddied yellow-green and burnt charcoal.
“It speaks of calm, comfort and an honest approach to living, and brings in many of the pastimes we experienced during lockdown, such as a hiking, cooking, quilting and gardening. Muddied yellow-green has something of a nostalgic, country-house feel, cinnamon is grounding, whilst rich, purple-brown adds an indulgent and contemporary twist,” says Lucena-Orr.
This colour palette can be complemented with rustic furniture in timber, leather and rattan, reminding of countryside living room.
Dulux Home Color Trends For 2023 #3: REVIVE
The message of revive color trend is clear – interiors shouldn’t be taking themselves too seriously in 2023 and beyond. This color palette acts like an instant mood-lifter – which many of us need after these couple of years. Unexpected colour combinations, graphic floral patterns, curved furniture (which I wrote in 2019). Created for maximalists, but perfect for anyone, who is done with problems, and just want to have fun and enjoy life.
“Revive palette cleverly merges the past and present. And with its colourful, look-at-me accent walls and statement seating, it creates the perfect Instagrammable moment,” says Lucena-Orr.
How to incorporate colour trends into homes?
Dulux’s answer is simple: There are no rules – just pick up a paint brush and get creative!” says Leech. “If you’re new to colour, these inspirational images are a great place to get ideas and build your confidence – the curated palettes are designed to be used as schemes for paint, as well as soft furnishings, artwork and décor. See which palette you’re naturally drawn to and then look around your home to work out which areas could benefit from a colour lift.”