Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh For win­ter colour trends and tips go to du­

ICY land­scapes and deep, dark forests with touches of warm, pale blonde tim­bers and plenty of tex­ture to cre­ate an invit­ing space will in­spire in­te­ri­ors this win­ter.

That’s the sea­sonal fore­cast from paint com­pany Du­lux, which pre­dicts the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of neu­trals, part­nered with inky blues and earthy grey beiges (such as Du­lux Blue Ash, Pow­dered Gum and Mi­rage Blue), dom­i­nat­ing the win­ter home front.

An­drea Lu­cena-Orr of Du­lux says the Wild­land colour pal­ette best suits the sea­son’s mood.

Lu­cena-Orr says a fresh coat of paint is an easy and in­ex­pen­sive way to add colour and per­son­al­ity and to achieve a space where you are com­fort­able, in­spired and happy.

“Colour is amaz­ing. It can high­light items you want to fo­cus on and cam­ou­flage the el­e­ments you wish to hide,” she says. “It plays a piv­otal role in the home as it helps de­fine the feel­ing and mood of a space and it’s so sim­ple to cre­ate with a sim­ple paint­ing project.

“For win­ter, home­own­ers might choose deeper shades in dark, earthy colours with fo­cal points in warmer hues and lighter tones to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful space.’’

Fur­nish­ing will also play a big role, she says: “In­te­grat­ing fur­nish­ings in nat­u­ral tim­bers, and soft fab­rics such as fur and wool jux­ta­poses the brood­ing colours, which adds that el­e­ment of com­fort to the space.”

Du­lux colour ex­perts study trends around the world to de­velop their fore­cast, at­tend­ing trade fairs in Europe, study­ing prod­uct in­no­va­tion, colour and fin­ishes, and emerg­ing global de­sign­ers.

One room, two ways ... Du­lux stylist Bree Leech dressed the same space us­ing dif­fer­ent paint colours and ac­ces­sories to cre­ate two dif­fer­ent moods, with a cool pal­ette above and a dark one be­low.

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