Dulux' Autumn 2021 Colour Trends: Sun-baked Neutrals Set to Warm the Soul


As we move into the cooler months of Autumn, we are all likely to be spending more time in the warmth of our homes. After the difficult year gone by, there is a greater appreciation than ever for spaces that can provide us with comfort and delight, with even minor upgrades and delicate décor possessing the potential to do just that.  “Colour can bring joy to every corner of your home, breathing new life into tired spaces and helping you fall back in love with where you live, remarks Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager.

One of Dulux’s trend colour palettes pinpointed for 2021 is the Nourish Palette, a versatile and grounding collection of shades that combines earthy tones like ochre, buff and olive with a greyish, cool white hue, proving a peaceful ambiance to any space. Ideal to aid you in unwinding after a jam-packed day of working from home, this considered collection exudes a sense of warmth with a soft and natural feel to guide an optimistic outlook for the future. Readily pairing with both traditional and contemporary architectural design, as well as complimenting the various shades of white and grey common to many of our homes, the Nourish Palette sets the perfect backdrop to mix and match your favourite furnishing from any era.  “Combine [the Nourish Palette] with raw textures, honey-toned timbers and plenty of natural light for a look that feels fresh and welcoming,” says Lucena-Orr.


Stylist Bree Leech utilised these uplifting tints to re-imagine a classic home’s open plan living and dining area, with the shades of the Nourish Palette beautifully complementing the home’s natural light and existing period features. Keeping the makeover minimal in time and cost, a soft biscuit shade was used on the walls behind a decorative fireplace, a slightly deeper tone on the adjacent feature alcoves and a glossy white on the fireplace and cornices to highlight this charming adornment. Working with the existing sofa, rug and dining table, Leech switched the traditional dining chairs for a burnt terracotta option and included olive lounge chairs and a caramel leather couch for an irresistible 70s style. With curved seating options in place, Leech also opted for a pair of curved tables rather than a classic coffee table, noting that “curvy furniture with deep cushioning feels relaxing and inviting, and it’s easy to navigate around.”  Contemporary wall art in shades pulled from the Nourish Palette and tone-appropriate display ceramics complete the space, a look easily replicable with décor pieces found at your local op-shop. “It takes little more than a paint brush to create an entirely new feeling and look in a room!”


Dulux’ Autumn Styling Tips

  • Texture time: Style an earthy palette like this with raw textures and natural finishes.


  • Choose the right white: Cool whites work best in open-plan rooms with plenty of natural light. Warm whites suit smaller and more traditional rooms. 


  • Consider the view: When you’re layering tonal colours like this, step back and view the room as a whole before deciding what to apply where.


  • Add one or two statement pieces in richer hues: This grounds your palette and creates a sense of balance.


  • Avoid clutter: To keep the look calm and open, leave plenty of breathing space around furniture and décor items - this also helps show off their beautiful shapes.  


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