Recently our very own national paint supplier Dulux Australia revealed its 2016 Dulux Colour Forecast which they have dubbed “Design Age”.

On discussing the inspiration behind the colour forecast, Dulux says, “The design age is dawning. We desire the unique, the bespoke, the individual – seeking products that will add a sense of luxury and distinction to our lives. A new industry of customisation is being created by the makers, the designers, the creators – producing handcrafted products that connect with us and focus on the importance of design more than ever before.”

In examining the Design Age, Dulux worked with a selection of influential and talented craftspeople to create bespoke products that represent one of the four trends identified in the Dulux Colour Trends 2016.

We have also taken the time to go through some of our own display homes to find examples of where these particular trends have been used by our amazing team of interior designers.  Hopefully this will give you plenty of inspiration and ideas to re-create these exciting trends, bringing the Design Age into your very own home.

The four trends and the designers that Dulux Australia worked with were:

Infinite Worlds

Elise Cakebread, textile artist and designer, Cakebread.

I wanted to create a sense of another world, it’s about looking into the depths of the ocean or into space

Dulux says, “Dark colours form the majority of the Infinite Worlds palette, juxtaposed with flashes of brilliant reds, pinks and coral and space age metallic. Glowing hues are used as accents to help recreate the eerie effect of deep unchartered worlds.”

Lindeman, Carnes Hill NSW


Aria, Caulfield VIC


Bio Fragility

Gregory Bonasera and Anthony Raymond, Designers, Porcelain Bear

We connected with qualities like tactility, restraint and we interpreted that as restrained beauty … beauty lies within fragility

Dulux says, “Bio Fragility is 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 rather than soft textures”.

Orlando, Huntly VIC


Bohemian, Armstrong Creek VIC



Grazia Materia, Designer, Grazia & Co

We’ve tried to encapsulate several eras together, somewhere between the sixties and the eighties

Dulux says, “Retro remix celebrates the lighter aspects of the new retro movement where experimentation in colour combinations leads to acid brights clashing with faded muddied colours such as browns and olive greens.”

Lawson 22, Mt. Duneed VIC


Cohen, Craigieburn VIC



Emma Leah, Master Perfumer, Fleurage Natural Perfume

This isn’t about back then, this is about bringing it forward, about making it more modern but still capturing the essence of what made that time beautiful

Bordeaux, Balwyn VIC

You can read much more about the Colour Forecast on the Dulux website and make sure you visit our Inspiration section to see how you can bring some of these beautiful colours and trends to life.