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How to freshen up your colour palette for summer

While uncertainty is one of the key themes for 2020 and beyond, the home can tell a different story, offering security and comfort during these challenging times. And, with the warm weather settling in, now’s the perfect time to start planning those home makeovers to create a space that’s both inspired and uplifting.

The Dulux forecasted colour trends this summer are drawn from nature, including brighter, oceanic shades of bluegreen and coral, muted botanical greens, warm whites and soothing mauve-greys.

Dulux Daintree & Snowy Mountain Half

To show what a huge impact colour can have on the look and feel of a space – and how little time and effort it takes – stylist Bree Leech introduced a new colour palette to a predominantly white 1970s home. Bree Leech chose brighter and uplifting colours from the Reset palette for her room makeovers. ““This light-filled house is brimming with character features, including a pitched, timber-lined ceiling and arched doorways. Whilst the all-white interior was neutral and unassuming, adding colour helped highlight the home’s best features and really brought the rooms to life!” Leech says.

New colours in the Living Room feature Dulux Light Ceramic and Snowy Mountains Half

“Using the new wall colours as inspiration I added a few decor items to complete the colour story, such as accessories, stools, sofa and rugs. I loved the warmth of the timber detailing and selected colours to complement it.”

“For the dining room, I chose a beautiful deep blue-green, Dulux Wash&Wear in Daintree. This dramatic hue gives the room a distinct mood and enriches the space. The features of the room, such as the rustic brick wall, archway and timber lining, are all amplified through the use of colour and a backdrop is created to contrast against the crisp white pendant light. We painted the inner part of the arch in a neutral white, Dulux Wash&Wear in Snowy Mountains Half, to further accentuate the curve.

“The blue-green backdrop is punctuated with invigorating pops of melon and chilli in art and accessories. We carried the colour scheme through to the adjoining hallway with artwork and a comfy bench seat. Little touches such as a round blue-green cushion on the bench seat that matches the dining room wall create flow of design between the two areas,” Leech says.

“The living room needed an injection of colour but to create a relaxing and casual feel, I used a gentler hue as the feature. The shelving unit is the hero of the space, so I highlighted it by painting the wall behind in subtle green, Dulux Wash&Wear in Light Ceramic. I then dressed it up with a combination of artwork and vessels in tonal shades of peach and terracotta, with pops of red and green that relate back to the dining room palette. “A plump, vintage velvet sofa adds curves and a touch of retro cool to the space. A patterned rug adds softness underfoot and helps zone the living area in this open-plan space,” Leech says.

Dulux Summer Forecast 2021

“The kitchen is extraordinary, with high ceilings and warm timber cabinetry. I wanted even more warmth in this room and was inspired by that chilli red oven. I saw this space as an inviting place for the family to gather and selected a warm palette, giving it a different mood to the adjacent rooms. “Painting the feature brick wall in Dulux Wash&Wear Gold Pheasant added that extra warmth I was after without taking away from the best feature – the oven. The accents on this wall didn’t need to contrast, so I painted the shelving to match the wall and added an eclectic display of artwork and vessels in tonal shades.

“To soften the contrast between the feature wall and the white in the room, I opted to paint the rangehood a gentle blush – Dulux Wash&Wear in Treeless. This colour also sits beautifully against the brass tap. I completed the look by swapping out the black timber bar stools for seating in aubergine and blush. I chose styles with soft cushioned seats to encourage those in the household to sit, linger and connect in the kitchen,” says Leech.

Dulux Summer Forecast 2021
Stylist: Bree Leech
Photographer: Lisa Cohen

House Tour: A Light and Airy Oasis in The Perfect Garden Setting

When the owners of a heritage-listed Art Deco home enlisted studiofour to design their extension, the brief was to create a space that connected a new living space to the garden.

The home is within the much sought after Hedgeley Dene Gardens precinct, and the owners wanted a stronger link to its surrounds.

The site was previously occupied by a dwelling that had no connection to the landscape and turned its back on the borrowed views available into Hedgeley Dene Gardens. In essence, the brief was for the new addition was to be fluid, permeable and highly connective with the landscape.

Kardella Street Residence by studiofour

The design is minimal in materiality and detailing, placing emphasis on the backdrop provided by the gardens beyond. Interior elements retain simplicity and are extended outside to create a minimal transition between inside and out.

Grounded in a sense of calm, the integrated interior and exterior improves function and enhanced user well-being. This double-height space houses the heart of the home, with a focus on providing a real and tangible connection to the landscape.

The new extension provides an indoor/outdoor transition zone, gently stepping down from the house interior to the garden. Like a residential scale amphitheatre, the design allows for for many varied levels of entertaining, including outdoor cooking, integrated seating and outdoor dining area.

Kardella Street Residence by studiofour

The colour and material palette is soothing and neutral, and doesn’t distract from the view. The beautiful flooring is Blonde Oak from Embelton Floors and the walls are painted in the popular Dulux Natural White. In the kitchen the bench top and splashback are HI-MACS Solid surface in Satin White. HI-MACS is a composition of acrylic, minerals and natural pigments that combine to create a smooth, non-porous, thermoformable and visually seamless surface.

Kardella Street Residence by studiofour

Photography by Shannon McGrath