They are the interior gurus in the know: Trend Forecaster and Stylist Bree Leech and Heather Nette King, Stylist and Writer, have their hammer on the nail when it comes to all things ‘homey’ and ‘design’. Here, Bree reveals a sneak peak of the hot new interior looks, styles and the trends.
What are the hot colours?
“Slightly cooler and more complex with green or grey undertones that provide interest but still allow the space to be quite neutral so they really work well with so many other colours. In terms of trends,
“I can say we are seeing the return of some old favourites such as brown and that pastel hues, in particular pink, is a colour that isn’t going anywhere just yet!”
What tips do you have for using trend colours in the home?
“We think about ways to inspire people to try new combinations in their home and create images that we hope do just that but I always maintain you shouldn’t select colours because they are on trend – make sure they are colours you are drawn to and can embrace in your home every day – colours that have the desired effect on you such as making you smile or making you feel relaxed.”
How can you determine the right colour for your home?
“Hands down the most common mistake is not checking the colour on a larger piece in the room and under different lighting conditions. Colour can appear quite differently under warm light such as halogens, compared to the harsh fluorescents or even daylight in the paint store – this is due to the undertone in the colour being accentuated by the light. The key to getting your colour right is checking it in the space and comparing it with existing finishes – there aren’t really any shortcuts to this. Dulux provide a fantastic service on their website where you can purchase A4 samples directly – this is the perfect size to move around.”
ABOUT Bree: A multi-disciplined designer with over 20 years working in the design industry, Bree Leech is the creative director behind the Dulux Colour Forecast. As director of creative consultancy Texture, she calls on her extensive experience in trend forecasting to provide key colour and trend information as well as services such as production, photographic styling and interior design.
ABOUT Heather Nette King: Heather Nette King is an interiors stylist and writer for many leading Australian and international interior titles and newspapers including inside out, House & Garden, Living Etc, Elle Decoration UK, Country Style, Real Living, The Sunday Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Her own home has appeared in many publications including the international style bible, Elle Decoration UK. In addition to magazine work, Heather creates beautiful campaign imagery for many leading lifestyle brands, television series and TVC’s.