Bright Skies crowned Dulux Colour of the Year 2022 by trend experts at world first virtual summit

By Ria Tesia

Dulux has announced its Colour of the Year for 2022 as Bright Skies™, an airy light blue that perfectly captures this hopeful mood of the moment.

Chosen at a virtual summit for the first time by world leaders in design, fashion and colour, Bright Skies™ can bring any living space to life and is good for the soul by embodying a breath of fresh air.

Bright Skies™ is an airy light blue that perfectly captures this hopeful mood of the moment. It is a colour that is expected to be seen in fashion-forward homes across the country as the nation embraces hope and confidence.

For the 19th consecutive year, Dulux assembled leaders in design, fashion, colour and the built environment to consider the trends, innovations and events that would impact the way we all live and work. For the first time in its history, the group gathered online for the first virtual summit.

The colour experts at Dulux then distilled the results into a single colour, Bright Skies™ to inject life and hope into any living space.

Bright Skies™ is thought to be the popular colour trend of next year. It is expected to dominate the decoration of home-offices as millions of people adopt hybrid home- and office-working patterns.

Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux UK, says: “Right now, people want to feel revitalised and enjoy the freedoms that are returning to them, to look out and bring in new ideas. What better inspiration can we take than the endless skies around us?

“It is widely known that nature makes us feel better and taking steps to bring the outside in enhances our sense of wellbeing.”

Bright Skies™ is supported by four colour palettes - Greenhouse, Salon, Studio and Workshop - that will inspire and facilitate decorating projects in every kind of room.

Greenhouse is full of fresh greens and blues that serve the purpose of being the perfect backdrop for bringing nature into a room, in the form of plants and natural materials such as bark or cork.

Salon is an enabler of fresh ideas and creative thinking. Consciously pale and soft, this palette is for those who want a room, or a home, that is flexible, versatile and a joy to be in.

Studio spaces seek to soothe, with a mix of pale pinks, reds and oranges. Subtle and inspiring, decorating with this palette is a sanctuary, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

The Workshop allows people to create adaptable spaces that reinvent the home. Whether this is zoning a multi-purpose space such as a studio flat or decorating a home office, these are light and positive colours that put the ‘fun’ into functional.

Heleen van Gent, head of the AkzoNobel Global Aesthetics Centre, says: “Over the past 19 years, we’ve seen a dramatic shift from a concentration on brighter tones to an emphasis on neutrals.

“This year vibrant colours and light tones are re-emerging, a reflection, perhaps of our need for positivity and a fresh approach. After a spell of feeling shut in, we crave expansion and the great outdoors.”

Dulux partner furniture retailer DFS has produced a range of soft furnishings in Bright Skies™ including a sofa and complementary cushions in palette colours.

Kitchen appliances manufacturer Stoves, meanwhile, has created its Richmond Deluxe collection of range cookers in the Bright Skies™ colour as a centrepiece to a modern kitchen.

There are also two types of Bright Skies™ tile sold by Topps Tiles to encourage different transformation projects around the home.

Dulux Colour of the Year 2022 Bright Skies™ is available from 14 September 2021, in a specially designed unique can that features new branding to set it apart from the rest of the Dulux range.

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