With deep eggplant and teal tones dominating, the Winter 2016 Dulux colour collection plunges into the dark side of the colour wheel this season, with dramatic results.
Walls painted in Dulux Odyssey & Dulux Plush
“We have seen a shift towards darker colours being used in the home over the past few years. Darker hues are increasingly being featured as inspiration in magazines, Instagram and blogs as well as retail stores, as they add a particular mood and a sense of drama,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour expert.
Traditionally, people have shied from dark paint colours for fear that they will make a space feel smaller. But used as a feature wall or accent tone, the results can be stunning. Deeper shades are ideal for a home cinema room (the darker backdrop accentuates the viewing experience) or bedrooms as they are mostly used at night.
“Don’t feel afraid to use darker colours in the home. Darker colours can create an ambience that can’t be achieved with lighter hues. You can add vibrant accessories against the darker backdrop if you feel it needs a little more brightness,” says Andrea.
And for those unwilling to take the complete plunge, you can incorporate the look on a smaller scale. “Try painting canvases in the winter colours to hang against neutral backdrops and accessorise with metallics and darker, dramatic colours with smaller highlights in bright accents,” says Andrea.
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Photography by Mike Baker | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King