Choosing the right colour with Dulux - Episode 12 (Season 11 - INTERIOR DESIGN BASICS)


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Is choosing the right colour for your home something you’re enjoying, or overwhelmed by?

Dulux have been helping homeowners do this with their colour forecasting for over 20 years now.

I speak with Andrea Lucena-Orr, Colour and Communications Manager for the Dulux Group, about choosing colour, and their annual Colour Forecasting.

Andrea joined the company with a strong background in colour and design. Her role at Dulux Group encompasses trends and colour forecasting and presenting her findings to trade, retail and media – and of course her recommendations play an integral part in Dulux Group marketing strategies. A member of the international Colour Marketing Group (CMG) and International Color Association (AIC), Andrea scours the globe in pursuit of her passion – colour forecasting.

Dulux has been officially colour forecasting for 21 years.

In September 2019, they released their latest: 2020’s colour forecast, which is united by the theme “Essence”.

There are 4 key colour palettes: Cultivate, Comeback, Grounded and Indulge.

Each of these palettes speak to a different idea or inspiration, and contain a range of their own stunning colours. Andrea and her team have created some amazing collateral to highlight these colour palettes.

Andrea says “Colour is an essential ingredient in everything I do. It has an amazing power to transform spaces and I love the emotional connections you can create through personalising colour schemes.”

Andrea has been with Dulux for 21 years. Her passion and eye for colour, and her skill in identifying the colours we will truly want to have around us in our homes and lives, is incredible. I can’t wait to share her wisdom and advice with you ...

I really hope you enjoy this episode. Listen now.


Would you like to simplify your choices, and have total clarity and confidence that your interior design will help create your beautiful, functional, feel-good home?

Interior Design 101 is a self-study, DIY program. It contains the full version of all interviews from the podcast, plus extra content specifically created for Interior Design 101.

In this full interview featured inside Interior Design 101, Andrea and I talk more about colour, including …

  • how Dulux have developed their colours to help us live more calmly, and access more happiness in our homes
  • where to start when you want to personalise your home and be braver with colour
  • how to choose a white … especially given how many there are to choose from
  • and Andrea’s advice for putting together colour schemes, thinking about cool vs warm, and how electrical lighting can impact your choices

So if you’re keen to learn more about those things, then check out Interior Design 101 as the full interview is available in there now.

You’ll also find full transcripts, videos, checklists, guides and so much good stuff to support you in the Interior Design of your renovation, new home or a smaller project.

Interior Design 101 has been designed to help you gain clarity and confidence in all those selections and decisions you need to make for the finishes, fixtures, colours, materials and items you’ll be living with every day.


Learn more about the online program, Interior Design 101 >>>

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