Dulux Colour Trends for Summer 2018

The Dulux Summer Colour Trends for 2018 are in, and it's all about visually interesting combinations of colour and patterns paired with crisp white. Think 80s glamour and luxury hotels in exotic destinations.

Dulux Summer Escapade x Lexicon Qtr

These design insights come from Dulux’s Colour Expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr, and design aficionado from homewares store Jumbled, Pip Brett, who have pitched in their ideas and concepts towards the summer colour palette.

Escapade is one of the key palettes identified in the 2018 Dulux Colour Trends’ ‘Balance’ – a medley of playful, tropical colours, such as pale mint and soft pink. It’s a palette to stimulate the senses and add a sense of energy and fun to any neutral space – perfect for bringing that holiday feel to the home.

Pip Brett, Dulux Colour Trends Contributor and owner of homewares store Jumbled, says it’s a new take on a classic palette. “It has a retro 1970s and 1980s vibe, while still managing to be thoroughly modern.”

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“The summer palette for 2018 is quite a departure from the cocooning neutrals and deeper tones of last year,” adds Andrea Lucena-Orr. “This season’s colours are all about balancing the different parts of ourselves – our passion for our homes, our lust for adventure, our love of retro glamour, and fascination with technology. Summer will be filled with palm prints, positive vibes, and visual delights. Incorporating uplifting colour and prints in a white space can be transformative, lifting the soul and making you feel more dynamic and creative.” she says

Homeowners wanting to breathe new life into a neutral scheme should try out the accents of Dulux Cuticle Pink or Soft Fresco, says Andrea. “These shades go beautifully with many of the Dulux ‘Most Loved Whites’.” If you’re hesitant to dip into colour, fear not: even small doses of these exuberant shades can have a huge impact – just have fun by introducing eye-catching accents in unexpected places, such as doors, the inside edge of a wall or door frame, along a staircase or adding an element of surprise in a storage nook. “Complete the look by painting one or two smaller pieces of furniture in the same striking hue, and then add in tonal accessories, such as coloured glassware, bold artworks, patterned cushions and bed linen. For the rest of the walls choose a cool white – our hugely popular Lexicon Quarter is the perfect pairing.”

Prefer a more decadent look? Pip’s got your back, adding that another appealing colour combination to consider from the Escapade palette is Dulux Cuticle Pink paired with the deeper pink Carmen and Solution, a mid-base blue. “It’s a colour combination that would work equally well in summer and winter,” she says. “To really make the combination pop, you could then add in splashes of mustard in soft furnishings and artwork.”

Dulux Summer Escapade x Lexicon Qtr

Dulux Summer Escapade x Lexicon Qtr

Dulux Summer Escapade x Lexicon Qtr

Dulux Summer Escapade x Lexicon Qtr

Dulux Summer Escapade x Lexicon Qtr

Dulux Summer Escapade x Lexicon Quarter

Dulux Summer Escapade x Lexicon Qtr

To learn more about Dulux’s 2018 Colour Trends or to view the eMag visit: dulux.com.au