Bright Skies - an optimistic shade of Blue
Each year, leading paint company Dulux announce their Colour of the Year. The colour is selected following considerable research into global design trends by a panel of Dulux colour experts.
Discussions naturally focussed on the pandemic and how this has brought about challenges for us all as well as providing an opportunity to reassess how we think and live. In terms of colour trends, the key themes for direction are the expanding role of the home, the importance of nature in our lives and how the arts can bring comfort and inspiration.
The colour ultimately chosen by Dulux as their colour of the year for 2022 is "Bright Skies" (TM), an airy and fresh shade of blue which can be combined with other colours in a variety of ways to revitalise your living space.
Dulux have put together a series of 4 easy to use palettes as inspiration for how to use the colour in your own home. The team at McAlister Textiles have interpreted these palettes in moodboards to illustrate how you can incorporate these palettes in your choices of soft furnishings.
Bring the outside in with the fresh naturals of the Greenhouse Palette
Combine a backdrop of soft blues with trend led greens and soothing naturals to bring the essence of nature into the home.
Featured products from left to right: Elva Geometric fabric in beige, Matt Velvet button cushion in dove grey, Palm Leaf cushion cover, Eternity boudoir cushion in mocha, Little Leaf roman blind in wedgewood blue, Ottoman stool in duck egg blue (colour palette from Dulux paints)
Create an inspiring space with the soft and airy Studio palette
Opt for soft tones of blues, pinks and purples in your fabrics and furnishings for a living or work space where you can recharge and feel inspired.
Featured products from left to right: Magnolia curtain in Rose, Blush Floral cushion cover, Rhumba cushion in pink, Eternity chenille cushion in Duck Egg, Elva draught excluder in Beige, Elva pink roman blind, Rhumba throw in soft grey (colour palette from Dulux paints)
Choose the Salon colour palette for an open and relaxing space
Use soft whites and light neutrals to provide a perfect backdrop for everyday life. An ideal palette for relaxing work spaces and bedrooms.
Featured products from left to right: Matt Velvet fabric in dove grey, Florence cushion cover, Little Leaf cushion cover in wedgewood, Eternity cushion cover in soft grey, Matt velvet charcoal grey doorstop, Matt velvet petrol blue bolster cushion, Florence roman blind, Matt beige velvet cube stool (colour palette from Dulux paints)
Create a fun multifunctional space with the Workshop palette
If your living space is being used in a variety of different ways including a social space, home office or kids classroom the playful and joyous colours of this scheme can create an inspiring backdrop for all activities.
Featured products from left to right: Elva geometric fabric in pink, Arizona cushion cover in ochre, Colorado cushion cover in yellow, Curitiba orange and teal cushion cover, Matt velvet decorative zip edge cushions, Arizona boudoir cushion in wedgewood blue, Matt velvet draught excluder in mocha. (colour palette from Dulux paints)
The Dulux colour "Bright Skies" TM reflects the mood of the nation in the aftermath of the pandemic. This hue has the potential to be used like a grey as trends turn towards more use of colour with less emphasis on neutral tones.
Which is your favourite Bright Skies colour palette ?