During times of economic uncertainty, like the Great Depression, designers turn to bright, attention-grabbing patterns and colour trends to encourage shoppers back to the market. As we crawl out of the pandemic-lead years of economic uncertainty, fashion and interior trends are following this well-documented phenomenon.
Dulux’s colour forecast for 2022 is no exception. For the coming year, Dulux’s paint colours are vibrant, rich and bold, with a firm nod to colours found in our beautiful natural surroundings – somewhere we have all longed to spend more time during the pandemic period.
Other major paint brands are following suit – Taubman’s paint colours for 2022 are playful and bright, emphasising the joy colours can bring. British Paint’s colour chart for 2022 tells a similar story, with often overlooked pinks, yellows, greens and blues taking centre stage.
The colour trends emerging for 2022 are just what we need – bright and optimistic. And there is no better way to brighten your horizon than sift through some samples of Bunning’s paint colours and add some vibrant colours to your home.
The colour trends
Each year, Dulux’s colour experts scour runways, art houses and interior design trends to determine the colour trends to come, resulting in Dulux’s annual Colour Forecast. Dulux’s paint colours for 2022 have been divided into three categories – Restore, Flourish and Wonder. All three palettes reflect our needs and desires as we emerge from lockdown, from a need to restore and recuperate to a desire to experience the wonders of the world around us once again.
Speaking with Domain.com.au Dulux’s Colour Planner and Communication Manager Andrea Luceana-Orr said that 2022’s paint colour chart had been influenced by the current state of the world.
“There’s no doubt that the pandemic has shaped the forecast. But there is that hope, and that’s exactly what our palettes are about,” she said.
When asked to pick a favourite palette, Andrea said it was a tough choice.
“That’s a bit like asking me who my favourite child is. I do love the whimsical nature of Wonder. I love the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I think everyone needs a bit of colour at this point. We can see the horizon, but we’re just not quite there yet, and colour can help with that. So that’s where my heart is at the moment. But every day, I have a different favourite,” she said.
Andrea explained that the colours within each palette are intended to be used together but can also standalone beautifully.
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“It’s about everything that goes into a space. Adding colour can connect you to a space, making it feel different to other parts of the home by giving a different vibe and mood.”
For those who are colour hesitant, Andrea suggests starting with a smaller room in your house, like a study nook or bedroom.
“The best way to start your colour journey can be in the bedroom, whether it’s a child’s bedroom or your own, as it’s not open to the world. It’s a very personal space, and it may be something as simple as putting one colour on the wall behind your bed as a focal point.”
The Restore paint colour chart tells a story of relaxation and calm. The palette colour trend was designed to promote a space to soothe the senses in the current anxiety-filled climate. Restore is the most nature forward palette, stealing rich hues from the natural world. The palette was born from the desire to spend more time in nature, intensified by extended lockdowns and months inside. The collection includes soft neutrals which play against rich greens and earthy tones perfectly. Neutral colours are proven to have a calming effect on the mind and body, which help bring a sense of clarity and mindfulness into a room.
Colours like buttercream and rice crop provide an excellent backdrop for Restore’s darker hues, filling the room with a comforting warmth. The palette also includes deep clays, charcoals and purples, which are rich and bold but still promote a sense of calm.
By bringing together a combination of earthy tones and muted neutrals, Restore creates the perfect backdrop for relaxation.
The Flourish paint colour trend stemmed from the renewed longing for curiosity and adventure we are all experiencing after a long period of stagnation and hibernation. The colours are bright and bold with a feeling of old school opulence and vibrant tones reminiscent of cultures in far-flung corners of the globe. Although bright, the Flourish colour palette still promotes a sense of warmth and intimacy whilst allowing for your sense of design to truly…. Flourish. The palette includes popular colours throughout the decades, from 1920’s gold to a 70’s dusty pink, which can be layered to create a unique combination fit for the 2020s.
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Flourish includes varying shades of the ‘it’ colour for 2022: pink, in addition to dramatic blues, earthy and warm reds and antique inspired neutrals. Ultimately, the paint colours compiled in Flourish are designed to create a feeling of opulence and drama whilst remaining inviting and warm.
Dulux’s Wonder palette is pure joy and whimsy. The collection of colours mirrors the collective excitement felt as we emerge from lockdowns and plan to reconnect with friends and family. These bright, fun colour trends are intended to invoke feelings of optimism and inspiration, inspired by all the possibilities of 2022.
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Wonder is reminiscent of a bright 80s summer, with pastel florals and electric shades. The bright pops of yellow, pinks and greens are paired with a soothing blue and purple. The more subdued colours in the palette can even be splashed on exterior walls, providing a colourful backdrop for summer BBQs and soirées. Wonder’s colours pave the way for a variety of design styles; you can lean into the 80s feel with rattan furniture and vintage pieces or choose modern, brightly coloured pieces and patterned décor for a more eclectic look.
Words by Nell Matzen
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