Out with the old, in with the new

This week, Dulux released its 2019 Colour Forecast and the colour that saturated our cultural landscape for the past two years is nowhere to be seen. “Millenial Pink” which was very prevalent in the previous years is on its way out. But according to colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr, people who fell in love with this famous “filter” should not fret, as it is not disappearing, but morphing into something far better.

2019’s colour trend is perfectly described by three different palettes, all of which have been devised through a prism of wellness, rejuvenation and environmental consciousness.

When talking about how the palettes are developed, Lucena-Orr shares,

We discuss what is on people’s minds, what factors affect where design and colour is going and what’s happening from a technical and pigment perspective.


Rituals of wellness to restore your wholeself.

Wholeself is the first of the four palettes. This conjures undulating forms and light muted shades. Warmth is expressed through neutrals and soft pinks, with touches of gold. In a word, this collection is calm. The Wholeself palette celebrates minimalism through undulating forms. It also details sumptuous texture and block colour of cosy pinks, offset against warm neutrals, golds and mauve-greys.


It’s time to repair our connection with nature.

The Repair palette draws on the natural world and an increasing need to rethink the way we consume. It presents a dichotomy of strength and fragility. Finishes are more textured and hues derived from nature, with earthy cinnamons and siennas complemented by warm greens and lively yellows.


A legacy of eclectic elegance.

This range is directly influenced by craftsmanship, timelessness, and weaving together old and new. Best described as elegant eclecticism. Colours include warm pinks, shades of lilac and mauve with deeper highlights of reds, blues, and greens.


Building a bold and spirited identity.

The final palette in the new forecast is Identity. Bringing in a playful mix of colours, Identity is non-conformist in its approach. The range is made up of saturated blues, purples and oranges with clashing patterns and contrasts. The palette continues in its soft, wellness approach while allowing for opportunities of individual expression or imagination.

Something to look forward to

All in all, the new Dulux Colour Forecast presents a fresh new perspective of what colours we can expect to see popping up over the course of the year. It perfectly reflects a desire for redefined indulgence and conscious considerations in the pursuit of luxury. Especially at home and with colour.

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Jonathon Bird