Our Thoughts On 2023 Colour Forecasting!

October 20, 2023

Colour is such a huge topic for 2023 – In design, colour is becoming more and more involved in our everyday spaces, whether that be a blue kitchen or a pink vanity, we are embracing colour and taking a trip down memory lane into the 70’s. Now, for some of you that may trigger some PTSD to green toilets and pink bath tubs – don’t fret, we haven’t returned quite that far.

Whether you are Zoe Foster Blakes soul sista and want a colour filled home, or you’re not quite ready to bring colour into your home, there is a 2023 colour forecast for you.

I’m going to start with the most talked about colour forecast of 2023 – the Pantone colour of the year! Viva Magenta has been throned 2023’s colour of the year, this is a bold and beautiful colour. But will we really see this in Interior design?

To kick us off here, let’s explore the inspiration of Viva Magenta.

It is a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.”- Leatrice Eiseman

What interests me here, is that this colour seems to have been driven by our worlds jarring struggle over the past few years and the disconnect with nature that it caused by living predominantly in our home and having time restrictions in place for external activities.

Personally, when I see this colour (click here to view) I don’t see it having a breakthrough in the Interior Design industry. For me, its longevity in the design realm would take place in accessory items such as throw rugs, cushions, bedding or wallpaper. It may break into the world of Interior Styling, but I can’t see it play a huge role in fixed Interior Design. I’m looking forward to seeing Viva Megenta in fashion, hotels, make-up and art.

So, what colours do we see breaking through into the Interior Design industry?

Our good friends Dulux have provided a colour forecast into three different families:

  • Balance
  • Connect
  • Revive

Firstly, the names alone make you want to use these colours, I think they’ve really nailed this. Like Pantones colour of the year, Dulux have fixed in on Australia’s journey the past few years through covid. And the terms Balance, Connect and Revive will resonate with so many people reading this because they are the feelings we’re all striving for as we navigate times post lockdown.

Anywho… let me come back to the actual colours themselves.

Balance: “Elegant and refined, the harmonious lines of waves and the movement of the sea inspire colour and pattern in our interiors

Balance really explores deeper tones from Blues through to an inspiration take on Viva Magenta. When you think Art Deco tones, this colour palette would work well. It’s decadent, elegant, and sophisticated. If that’s how you want to feel in your home, balance would be a fabulous range to explore in your design process.

Connect: “The Connect palette features soft earthy neutrals, naturals, muted greens, and wheat yellows, combined with accents of warm deep brown, grey and charcoal.”

If you felt a cool chill go through your bones when I mentioned we were taking a trip down memory lane to the 70’s, then connect is the range for you.

I think Dulux have absolutely nailed this, when I look at the colours included, it certainly does encourage relaxation and would create a calming atmosphere for you and your home.

The perk with this palette, all the colours could be used in every aspect of your home. I really can see these colours in fixed fittings of your home such as kitchens, bathrooms, paint tones and larger furniture pieces. You really can balance out the space well using all these shades.

SO, connect is a big yes for me.

Lastly, we have Revive.

Revive: “The Revive colour palette is creative and joyful, featuring soft blue and lilac used alongside vibrant emerald, green, warm yellow and accents of playful pink and purple.”

Revive really was created for individual style, this is suitable for someone who is a Zoe Foster Blake lover – It comes with risk, boldness and adventure.

It’s for someone that wants to embrace the 70’s or explore the Palm Springs look and feel in their home.

Overall, Dulux have created a palette for everyone, they’ve left no man behind and have done really well.

I do think we will see all 3 palettes in 2023 design and I’m personally looking forward to incorporating wasabi into one of my designs!

So, there you have it, a quick recap on some colour projections we’ve seen at the beginning of 2023!

Will 2023 be filled with Viva Magenta, or will we strive for a calm atmosphere and saturate our spaces with Dulux’s Connect range?

I guess we’ll have to stay tuned…