Softly does it this season

PHOTOS: Dulux Australia - Summer Trends 2019. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

PHOTOS: Dulux Australia - Summer Trends 2019. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

This summer, interiors will embrace the idea of soft minimalism, with palettes featuring gentle, nurturing colours, contrasting textures and dustings of mint and lemon coming to the fore. With the wellness movement in full swing, the focus in design will be on creating calming, reflective interior spaces that allow us to block out the visual noise and turn our attention to self-care.

Wholeself is one of the four palettes identified in the 2019 Dulux Colour Forecast ‘Filter’. This soothing collection comprises muted shades of powdery pinks and warm neutrals, enlivened by accents of muted citrus and a minty blue-green. It speaks of simplicity and understated luxury and pairs beautifully with this season’s mid-tone timbers, soft undulating lines and relaxed design detailing.

“Wellness has emerged as a major theme in the design world for 2019, with many of us looking to switch off our digital devices and focus on nurturing our tired bodies and spirit” says Dulux colour and communications manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr. 

“Expect to see a paring back of the overdone or unnecessary; the idea is to surround yourself with furniture and accessories that serve a purpose and bring you happiness. “Environmental awareness will be an important thread running through design in 2019; rather than discarding those pieces we no longer have a use for, we’ll be encouraged to repurpose or reimagine them in a new way.” 

“If you want to include a smaller volume of these new colours in other rooms, you could use them on a single wall, a feature nook, a piece of furniture or a door.

“The great thing about colour is how quickly and easily it can transform a space. Whether you choose to paint an entire room in this season’s hues or add smaller accents, pull out your paintbrush and watch the space come to life. And if you tire of the look some time down the track, you can simply paint over it.”