Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Use Colour with Confidence and Brighten Up Your Home (and Life); out with the Old, Traditional Whites and Beiges - Bold, Colourful Combinations Are the Forecast for Next Year

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Use Colour with Confidence and Brighten Up Your Home (and Life); out with the Old, Traditional Whites and Beiges - Bold, Colourful Combinations Are the Forecast for Next Year

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THE long-loved trend of white walls and blending hues of minimalist furniture is being replaced by the exact opposite.

The latest design forecast for 2014 is for colour, lots of it mixed and clashed together in bold combinations.

For those planning room makeovers or renovations, Dulux suggests steering clear of the traditional whites and beiges and opting for something totally new.

"We are definitely seeing more vibrant and saturated colours coming through into 2014 and beyond," Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr said.

In order to identify the emerging trends, Dulux dispatched experts to the iSalone trade fair in Milan to study product and design innovation, colour and finishes and emerging global designers.

"We also source information from key overseas forecasting agencies who analyse many aspects of design and global influences," Ms Lucena-Orr said.

"Key factors include fashion, media, world events, technology and science, social fundamentals, financial economics and politics."

This year there is no single colour which will dominate the homewares and furniture stores offerings, however there are some key predictions.

Metallic colours, particularly copper, gold and brass, are in vogue.

Orange, pink and red are all set to become popular, while combining vibrant colours is also a major trend.

Colour schemes reminiscent of Morocco and India will dominate, along with the bright hues influenced by the birth of digital culture in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

But it's not all about making loud colour statements, with colours inspired by the elements, metals and gemstones also a strong interior prediction, as well as more muted romantic palettes featuring pinks, crimsons and green.

Ms Lucena-Orr said the bold new trends meant homeowners could use colour with confidence. …

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