Dulux Trade has at last released its global ColourFutures publication for 2016.

Its prediction for colour of the year is ‘Cherished Gold’, an ochre hue with a slightly golden tint. It’s neutral enough to suit an array of décor palettes, yet vibrant enough to lift a room. The design sector is abuzz with materials and paint in shades of gold. Its 'Cherished Gold' hue is a slightly updated version of last year’s colour of the year, 'Copper Blush.' 


Industry leaders always look to Plascon first to find out what the coming season holds, and its 2016 forecast takes a different approach to Dulux: It calls its theme ‘Element’ because it’s inspired by the sky. Deep blue, powder blue, indigo, and neutral eggshells are featured. Its colour of the year is 'Atlantic Beach', a far bolder hue than Dulux imagined. It is, however, the perfect colour to offset the popular Spanish red pigments that are setting the industry ablaze. 

Plascon has concerned itself with far more than just colour this year. Its palette is tactile and intended to be expressed in graduated ombres. The effect is luxurious and raw. Its Discovery palette is a thrilling alternative inspired by Renaissance painters. It's made to be marbled in creative textures reminiscent of Monet’s Water Lilies. 

Beyond the Brush

Paint researchers have been hard at work creating a range of fresh paint technologies that ensure that your wall coverings work harder than ever before. UV/EB resins (Radcure) are increasingly being used to fulfil the demand for eco-friendly coatings that use UV and EB sources instead of conventional heat for curing. Nanomaterials will fill a different niche, offering a hardier, more scuff-resistant way to manage translucent coatings. 

Paint will occasionally take a backseat in the coming year to make room for rustic wooden wall treatments. Walls will be treated to equal doses of tradition and innovation in 2016. Dulux’s collection focuses on prints, composites, and grid patterns. At last industry professionals can set their creativity free when it comes to their walls. There is only one element that will not be seen next year: tedium.