Dulux reveals the autumn colour trends for 2018

The colour authority has revealed its autumnal palette, which sees millennial pink take a step back for rich, earthy hues.

Cosy is key in Dulux’s careful curation of autumnal tones. When longer nights and chillier days start to settle in, we’re encouraged to look to sophisticated earthy shades partnered with light neutrals and tribal-inspired textured furnishings.

The result? An aesthetic assembly perfect for creating a cocooning and nurturing space to see your home through the transeasonal time.

Terracotta tones take over. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

Dubbed the Kinship palette, the collection features warm terracotta, russet, soft grey-greens, cosy neutrals and pops of vibrant red that take inspiration from traditional cultures and folklore.

“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,” says Dulux Colour Expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr.

She says the palette pairs wonderfully with natural textures like linen, timbers and stone, and can be subdued by a complementary white base with similar undertones to ensure it’s not overwhelming in your abode.

“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 says.

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Wake up to warm hues. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

Though one may gravitate towards introducing the palette in pops in homewares and furniture, Andrea makes a convincing case for diving straight in with painting your walls a shade or two from the autumn picks.

“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.

“Best of all, if a colour isn’t what you’re looking for, you can easily change it,” she assures.

Photographer: Mike Baker

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How to style the Kinship palette

Michelle Halford, interior stylist and Dulux Colour Trends contributor, shares her top tips for injecting the Kinship Palette into your home.

  • Introduce furniture and accessories in warm, natural materials, such as a vintage timber console or dresser, rattan chairs, woven lighting and baskets. Bold abstract art, textured wall hangings and plenty of greenery provide the perfect finishing touches.
  • Up the cosiness factor by adding in lashings of texture – think oversized knits, luxurious velvets and linens.
  • Seek out cushions and rugs that pick up on the earthy shades in the Kinship palette, and layer them for impact.
  • Use accents of black in furniture and artwork to ground your scheme.

Originally published as Dulux reveals the autumn colour trends for 2018 by Katie Skelly. Author at realestate.com.au.