The highly anticipated Dulux Color of the Year for 2016 has been announced as Cherished Gold. Both bright enough to attract attention yet highly versatile for combining well with other tones, this gold influenced ochre is set to take our interiors by storm.
‘Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring color and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating. We feel that ‘Cherished Gold’ is a beautiful next step, a natural evolution and transition from ‘Copper Blush’, the Color of the Year of 2015 as metallics continue to add that little touch of glamour to our interiors.’ Rebecca Williamson, Senior Color Design & Content Manager at Dulux.
Marking the 13th edition of the annual ColorFutures publication, released by AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Center, this latest edition focuses on the theme ‘Looking Both Ways.’ Each year with the help of a group of international experts and trend watchers from various disciplines of design, they discuss what they think will be the major developments in trends in the coming year based on global, social and design trends.
The overriding theme of ‘Looking Both Ways’ refers to the time we are in, where we can see the advantage of both tradition and modern innovation. Louise Tod, Senior Global Color Designer at Dulux explains that it is encouraging us to both anticipate the future and appreciate the past. ‘Digital and modern techniques are certainly here to stay, but we look for inspiration from the past to be able to design for the future. This theme of duality is the driving influence for 2016 and opposites are seen in all of our color and design trends this year’.
When looking to identify a color that would connect with the overall trend of Looking Both Ways, it was noted that all the key trends of 2016 had an element of gold in them. Out of the broad palette of yellows identified, the expert team selected the one shade that best represents the golden influence of the coming year’s color trends.
A muted and sophisticated palette has been chosen for 2016, which centers on soft mid tone shades. Dulux have opted to continue with a warm feeling with even greater subtlety than last year. Bright colors have moved away from basic primary to shades with added interest. As they explain in the latest edition of ColorFutures ‘this is a friendly palette but with a dark mysterious side.’
Look to Cherished Gold as an influence to restyling any space for 2016. A great shade for the bedroom to the bathroom it will work well with neutrals such as beige or grey or even bolder pops of color including pinks. Create your own version by focusing on yellow shades in soft furnishings and adding metallic details with decorative accessories.