Living

Bio fragility

Pastels have been around on the interiors scene for a couple of years now, and Dulux are predicting that they’re here to stay.

Their ‘Design Age’ 2016 forecast consists of four distinct colour trends, with the Bio Fragility palette pictured here focusing on softening the pure pastels of last year for a sophisticated take on adding subtle muted tones to your interior.

Dulux stylists Bree Leech and Heather Nette King have brought the look to life with a serene interior “inspired by natural and living matter – flesh tones, lichen moss and stone influence the subtle hues of the palette which are derived from chalky brittle elements rathe than soft textures.”

Dulux Colour Expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr, says the key colours of summer, such as Dulux Mangaweka, Old Eagle, Silkwort, Partita and Manorburn Half, create a beautiful, tranquil setting that is very easy to live with.

“You can create a relaxed interior with beautiful detail by introducing these gentle summer hues that add a touch of colour but are not overwhelming,” says Andrea.

If you’re not bold enough to transform an entire room, try using smaller volumes on accents, trims and accessories.

“For a mini summer makeover, a lighter shade such as Dulux Partita with Manorburn Half can be introduced in smaller applications to complement colours in soft furnishings such as cushions and ceramics.”

Andrea’s top tips for homeowners using colour this summer are: “Always consider the lighting in the space to ensure you are making the most of natural daylight to create a beautiful summer experience. Remember to review existing furnishings to ensure these colours will work with fittings that cannot be changed easily, and look to your surrounding environment and colours in your garden for inspiration.”