Simple authenticity: The colours of 2023

Styling Bree Leech
Images Lisa Cohen

The annual Dulux Colour Forecast harnesses a collective and emotive desire for connection; to live more simply and authentically. It evokes meaningful connections with the environment and each other with warming, earth-drawn neutrals, natural textures, and uplifting hues.


A synergy of retro and futuristic

Filled with playful, uplifting brighter colours, such as rose pink, breezy blue, sunshine yellow, emerald, violet, and burnt orange, the Dulux Revive palette is an instant mood-lifter, with unexpected colour combinations, graphic floral patterns, and furniture in cloud-like forms. Pairing retro influences with futuristic features, such as pixel patterns and digital art, the Revive palette cleverly merges the past and present.


Nurturing, natural, and nostalgic

With its warm, earthy tones of moss, wasabi, sandstone, muddied yellow-green, and burnt charcoal, the Dulux Connect palette is all about fostering our relationship with the great outdoors. It speaks of calm, comfort, and an honest approach to living. Simple, rustic furniture in timber, leather, and rattan sits alongside stone flooring and bespoke, modern lighting made from recycled materials for a look that simultaneously speaks of the past, present, and the future.


Beauty, fluidity, and understated simplicity

Dulux Balance is a refined palette of serene marine blues, gentle greens, and accents of deep garnet that evokes the beauty and fluidity of the ocean and shoreline. The focus is on immersive colour and the beauty of complex, structured patterns found in nature, such as a simple seashell or fern frond. Luxe textures, such as velvet and silk; furniture with exaggerated, curved silhouettes; abstract art; and décor pieces with organic shapes and delicate pleating create an elegant, understated feel. 

Learn more about Dulux’s 2023 Colour Forecast

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