If you feel like you need to create more harmony in your home, then the Dulux Australia colour palettes of 2023 are just what you need. Balance, Connect and Revive are the three main themes for the year ahead, and while there are certainly a few fun colours to play around with, the overarching narrative is nature and nurture.

What’s so wonderful about paint is that it is relatively cost effective as a design element, but has the potential to dramatically change the look and feel of a space. So if you’re looking to switch up your interiors in the New Year, perhaps you’ll find inspiration from what’s trending in the world of design ‒ all you need to do is be brave and trust the process.

Dulux UK Colour of the Year 2023

The Dulux colour of the year in the UK has been announced at Wild Wonder. Described as a positive, glowing tone, with a nod to the natural world, its base is a gentle, warm gold with hints of green. It also comes with three complementary palettes – flow, lush, buzz and raw – which can be combined in a variety of ways to change up your interior spaces.

While this trend forecast is UK-based, there’s no question that this colour in some form will make its way to our shores over the next 12 months. While our light is different in Australia, so many Northern Hemisphere colours don’t work in our homes, Wild Wonder has influenced some of the colour trends announced by Dulux here in Australia. And in both northern and southern hemispheres, we’re seeing colours that connect us to nature (and yes, green is still a thing, although it’s shifted more into fashion this summer).

Balance, Connect and Revive at home

Alongside their announcement of their colour forecast for 2023, Dulux Australia explained that they were inspired to collate these colours through our need to reconnect with nature, a desire for balance and calm, as well as reviving our spirits with joy and play. And if that doesn’t accurately describe how many feel after almost three years of a global pandemic, then we’re not sure what would!

The Balance palette encompasses hues from delicate pastels to shades of the ocean, as well as deeper colours of deep garnet and near-black. Connect is all about soft earthy neutral tones, muted greens, wheat yellows and accents of warm deep brown, grey and charcoal. Revive is definitely the most playful palette of the three; it’s one you can really have some fun with. Creative and joyful, it features soft blue and lilac, emerald green, warm yellow, and shades of pinks and purples. The colour palette may have been influenced by the Pantone Colour of the Year 2023, Viva Magenta, that Pantone hails as ‘full of vim and vigor’ and ‘rooted in nature’.

The great thing about these palettes is that they are complementary, allowing you to mix up your design elements, but still retain a cohesive theme throughout the home.

Other colour trends

One thing is for sure, white and muted greys are out, colour is in, especially when it comes to bringing the outdoors in, through the use of subtle green tones and browns.

Another favourite is what experts are calling ‘desert tones’, which provide a safer option for those who are cautious of introducing anything too bold, but are growing weary of the monochrome or all-white look. Think sunset pinks and oranges, and sandy hues like taupe and beige.

And those who are a fan of adding a touch of glamour, you’ll be happy to hear that jewel tones are still very much in the limelight for 2023. When you use these alongside more neutral colours, you can create an elegant moodiness that doesn’t overwhelm.

Of course, trends come and go, and our home needs to be a reflection of our own preferences for colour and décor. But it’s always helpful to have inspiration for what is possible when the time comes to update your interiors (perhaps if you’re looking to sell?).

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