Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2022 launched exclusively at Material Lab


Studio partner, Dulux Trade, has unveiled its ColourFutures 2022 trend palettes, including the launch of the Trade Colour of the Year - Bright Skies.

The beautiful blue shade sets the tone for commercial design professionals working in all sectors, from hospitality to healthcare, influencing design schemes for the year ahead. Bright Skies is the 19th colour to be chosen as Colour of the Year, selected by experts for its ‘soulful’ qualities.

To mark the occasion for the announcement of the ColourFutures 2022, influential architects and commercial designers were invited to an exclusive event on 14th September at Material Lab studio in London. Hosted by Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Dulux, the event involved a deep dive into each of the palettes and a live panel discussion. On the panel, speakers Jim Biddulph, Material, Colour & Interior Design Consultant, Helen Hampson-Smith, Director and Lead Designer at Smith Bros and Matt Ousby, Head of Design for Allermuir, delved into the commercial options for using ColourFutures palettes, exploring the developing focus on occupant-centred design.

Create serene spaces with Bright Skies

Selected using insights from market-leading experts to design professionals across all sectors, lighter tones are re-emerging, reflecting our need for a fresh start. Bright Skies is a light, airy blue that can bring any space to life. Inspired by the endless skies around us, capture the essence of optimism and the desire for a fresh start with this uplifting shade.

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Tap into wellness-focused design trends

After being shut in and adopting hybrid working practices, increased demand has been placed on getting more out of our spaces. The calming nature of Bright Skies helps to revitalise the great indoors by reconnecting us to the outdoors. This ties perfectly with biophilic design, which is moving into the mainstream as designers recognise the wellness-enhancing effects that bringing the outdoors in can have on occupants.

The shade is accompanied by four supporting colour palettes designed to inspire and facilitate commercial interior projects in a range of sectors; Workshop, Greenhouse, Studio and Salon. Including shades of bright greens and blues, these colour choices similarly reflect the outdoors.

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To see the Colour of the Year come to life with a selection of materials, book an appointment to visit the studio or download the Dulux Trade ColourFutures 2022 specifier guide.

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