Colours of Summer


Introducing bold colour to a predominantly white 1970s home, stylist Bree Leech is inspired by the Dulux Colour Forecast 2021 and shows what a huge impact colour can have on the look and feel of a space.





“For the dining room, I chose a beautiful deep blue-green (Dulux Wash&Wear in Daintree). This dramatic hue gives the room a distinct mood and enriches the space. The features of the room, such as the rustic brick wall, archway and timber lining, are all amplified through the use of colour and a backdrop is created to contrast against the crisp white pendant light.

“The blue-green backdrop is punctuated with invigorating pops of melon and chilli in art and accessories. We carried the colour scheme through the adjoining hallway    with artwork and a comfy bench seat. Little touches such as a round blue-green cushion on the bench seat that matches the dining room wall create flow of design between the two areas,” said Leech.


“To create a relaxing and casual feel, I used a gentler hue as the feature. The shelving unit is the hero of the space, so I highlighted it by painting the wall behind in subtle green (Dulux Wash&Wear in Light Ceramic). I then dressed it up with a combination of artwork and vessels in tonal shades of peach and terracotta, with pops of red and green that relate back to the dining room palette.

“A plump, vintage velvet sofa adds curves and a touch of retro cool to the space. A patterned rug adds softness underfoot and helps zone the living area in this open-plan space,” said Leech.


“The kitchen is extraordinary, with high ceilings and warm timber cabinetry. I wanted even more warmth in this room and was inspired by the chilli re oven. Painting the feature brick wall (in Dulux Wash&Wear Gold Pheasant) added that extra warmth I was after without taking away the best feature of the oven. To soften the contrast between the feature wall and the white in the room, I opted to paint the rangehood a gentle blush (Dulux Wash&Wear in Treeless).

“I completed the look by swapping out the black timer bar stools for seating in aubergine and blush. I chose styles with soft cushioned seats to encourage those in the household to sit, linger and connect in the kitchen,” said Leech.

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