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Cherished Gold is the Dulux 2016 colour of the year!

Interior designers, architects, developers, even the soft furnishings and fashion industry have been waiting in anticipation for the Dulux Colour of the year, which has been announced as Cherished Gold. The colour has been welcomed as being, not only bright enough to attract attention, but it is also very versatile for combining well with other tones; we have no doubt that the colour is set to make a huge impact on our interiors.

What we have seen is that gold and the tones of gold can be found just about everywhere today in the world of design. We can see it at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating, little wonder then that this colour is seen as a natural step from last year’s success ‘Copper Blush’.

This year is the thirteenth year of the annual ColourFutures publication, released by AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Centre. Inspired by the theme of “Looking Both Ways” a group of international experts and trend watchers from various disciplines of design, all meet to discuss what they believe will be this year’s principal developments in trends in the coming year based on global, social and design trends. The expression of “Looking Both Ways” is a reference to both the time we are now in and where we can see the advantage of both tradition and modern innovation.

Dulux colour of the year palette

Explaining the thoughts behind the expression, Louise Tod, Senior Global Colour Designer at Dulux said that it is encouraging us to both anticipate the future and appreciate the past, which were the driving influences that lead them to their decision. One of the overriding factors was that all the key trends of 2016 had an element of gold in them. For 2016, Dulux have continued with their theme of warm colours, moving away from previously favoured bright ones, commenting: “This is a friendly palette but with a dark mysterious side.”

What we will probably see this year is that influence that the Cherished Gold colour will have a huge impact on designers restyling spaces for 2016. This will be a great shade for the bedroom to the bathroom, we can see it working well with grey, or even pink, we are sure that they will be focusing on yellow shades in soft furnishings as well.

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