Dulux's 2021 Colour Forecast Embodies Wellness, Nature and Nostalgia

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Like most Victorians, you’ve probably spent a fairly large chunk of 2020 at home, more so than you ever have. From schooling to working at home, this year has undoubtedly changed the way we view and think about our space, our homes and the way we live our everyday lives, and furthermore, how that impacts our wellbeing. 

As a result, many homeowners have had plenty of time to think about a change of scenery, be that a simple lick of paint to their current residence, a renovation, or even a complete move altogether. 

For those who aren’t looking to hit the market any time soon, we’ve explored ways to create new spaces in your home, we’ve asked an interior designer to talk us through how styling impacts our wellbeing, we’ve looked at colour psychology and how it impacts our living spaces

On colour, Dulux understands how colour, especially within our homes, affects our wellbeing.  Each year, the paint brand forecasts their picks for the hues and shades that will appear in interior design over the next year. Usually influenced by European design and architecture shows—many of which were cancelled this year—the 2021 palettes of soothing, comforting shades emerged from a year dominated by a global pandemic that saw an enormous shift in the way we live.

In the wake of Covid 19, the 2021 palettes, Retreat, Nourish and Reset, focus on our connection to our homes and space, evoking familiarity, comfort and security. While natural, earthy colours instil a sense of tranquility and calm, the bolder, richer hues inspire a brighter, more optimistic outlook. 

‘This year’s soft, earthy neutrals, muted greens and gentle mauve-greys provide a reassuring connection with nature, while richer and brighter hues, such as coral and stormy blue, awaken our senses and allow for moments of optimism,’ says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communications manager.



Composed of warm whites, neutrals and dusty blues, Retreat works with how the home has evolved from a place of rest to a lively, bustling hub in which many of us now work, home school, rest and play. Encouraging a sense of security, comfort and familiarity, the palette is designed to create a ‘hybrid of functionality’ for flexible living. 





Similar to 2020’s Cultivate palette, Nourish takes its cues from nature, heavy with olive and sage greens, warm neutrals and hints of yellow. A reaction to the new ‘Covid Normal’ of technological immersion, Nourish inspires us to look away from our screens, disconnect from our devices and reconnect with the natural world. 

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For Reset, a combination of nostalgia and regeneration evokes a sense of renewal—taking cues from the past to inspire brighter days ahead. Retro influences paired with strong, bold tones are fun, energising and an uplifting reminder of adventure, discovery and wanderlust. 

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The 2021 lookbooks were styled by Green House Interiors', Julia Green, and shot by Armelle Habib

For more details on Dulux's 2021 Colour Forecast including styling tips and lookbooks, head to dulux.com.au.