Bring life back to basics

Time is no longer an elusive and fleeting luxury, rather a series of moments to be savoured and shared. Our search for a more authentic existence inspires a new-found appreciation for natural and recycled materials. As we embrace the old as new, we move towards a more genuine and conscious way of living.

Colour tip

Combine naturals such as soft brown, sand and grey green for a relaxing scheme conducive to taking time out.

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Liven up a neutral look with different textures. Imperfect edges on textiles, handmade details and a mix of materials will give your space character and ensure your neutral colour scheme is never dull.

Paler colours create a calming and nurturing palette. The simple charm and raw honesty of imperfect finishes help to make your room feel comfortable and inviting. Start with hand-crafted ornaments and natural linens.

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Adding a rich, warm colour like Clay Court to your grey scheme can create a focal point within a space or highlight an architectural detail. It can be the colour twist that elevates your colour scheme from simple to sophisticated.

 

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Add character to your walls with Dulux Suede Effect or Concrete Effect. These bespoke wall finishes allow you to control the level of texture you want on your feature wall.

 

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Dulux Flooded Gum is the perfect mid-grey to pair with light timber tones such as oak and ash. Contrast the subtle warmth in Flooded Gum with soft denim style blues.

 

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Palette

The Essential trend’s calm and nurturing palette draws on the soft warmth of leathers, a pop of bold blue, and the beautiful imperfections of aging materials in rusted tones.

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Most Loved Whites + Essential

Dulux has been crafting some of New Zealand's iconic paint colours for over 80 years. Here’s how our Most Loved Whites and Neutrals can work in harmony with the Essential palette.has been crafting some of New Zealand’s iconic paint colours for over 80 yearshas been crafting some of New Zealand’s iconic paint colours for over 80 years

Dulux Manorburn Quarter

Dulux Manorburn Quarter is a soft white that teams beautifully with the soft grey-green of Dulux Spanish Olive and Mornington Half of the Essential palette. Subtle in warmth with a grey undertones, it’s the secret ingredient to a harmonious colour scheme.

 

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Dulux Snowy Mountains Half

The warmth of Dulux Snowy Mountains Half creates a perfect counterbalance to the cool hue of Dulux Noble Knight. For a contemporary scheme team with Dulux Dieskau – this natural tone brings together the striking contrast between white and deeper blue.

 

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Suppliers

essential colour trends style guide living

1. Reuber Henning Shibori Dots Rug in Earth, Halcyon Lake 2. Fogia Bowl Side Tables, Fred International 3. White pot & books, Stylist’s own

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1. Table and chair, Stylist’s own 2. Lume Small Vase, Country Road 3. Zanat Touch Tray, Hub Furniture 4. Blume Timber knife & spoon, Country Road


Bruce Summers

Creating the look with Bruce Summers

Bruce Summers gets inspired with the Essential trend. 

Learn how

View the Dulux Colour Trends 2018 digital magazine for full supplier and colour details.

 

More 2018 Colour Trends

Kinship

A rich, earthy palette to fill your home with warmth and positivity.

Escapade

A dreamy cocktail of colours to inspire discovery and escape.

Reflect

A rich, moody palette to blend your past with your present.