This summer, interior design will go eclectic, pairing visually stimulating colours and patterns with crisp white. Individuality and personal expression will be key, with colours that reference 80s glamour and luxury hotels in exotic destinations.

Escapade is one of the key palettes identified in 2018 Dulux Colour Trends’ Balance. Featuring a medley of tropical colours, such as pale mint and soft pink, this palette promises to engage the senses and energise a space.

“This palette is about pure happiness; it’s about creating that holiday feeling all-year-round. It has a retro 1970s and 1980s vibe, while still managing to be thoroughly modern,” said Pip Brett, Dulux Colour Trends Contributor and owner of homewares store Jumbled.

Dulux Colour Expert Andrea Lucena-Orr said the 2018 summer palette is quite a change from the neutral and deeper tones of last year.

“This season’s colours are all about balancing the different parts of ourselves – our passion for our homes, our lust for adventure, our love of retro glamour, and fascination with technology. Summer will be filled with palm prints, positive vibes and visual delights. Incorporating uplifting colour and prints in a white space can be transformative, lifting the soul and making you feel more dynamic and creative,” she said.

A room does not have to be inundated with colour to capture the effects. Create eye-catching accents in unexpected places such as doors, the inside edge of a wall, along a staircase or in a storage nook.

“Complete the look by painting one or two smaller pieces of furniture in the same striking hue.

Then add in tonal accessories, such as coloured glassware, bold artworks, patterned cushions and bed linen,” said Andrea.

For a richer and more decadent look, Pip recommends deeper pinks with mid-base blues.

“It’s a colour combination that would work equally well in summer and winter. To really make the combination pop, you could then add in splashes of mustard in soft furnishings and artwork,” she says.

Andrea says that colour is nothing to be afraid of and introducing new colour schemes can be a positive and productive transformation.

“The beautiful thing about paint is that if you decide on a new colour down the track, you can simply paint over it.”

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