The Dulux 2014 Colour Forecast pushes the boundaries of traditional interior aesthetics to inspire architects, designers and specifiers across Australia to introduce new ideas into their creative repertoire.

Future Tribes, Dulux’s Colour Forecast for 2014 consists of four colour palettes with a strong European influence – the four distinct trends representing ideologies associated with the rising integration of global communities and cultures. The Digital Nomad, The Retro Visionaries, The Precious Elementals and The Romantic Spirits are representative of future directions.

As distinct as they are in colour and visual effect, the palettes share the same fundamentals - encouraging exploration while embracing the sublime feeling of being at home.

Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour planning and communications manager notes that the 2014 Colour Forecast will inspire industry professionals to explore the changing perspective of colour and the endless combinations.

The four palettes of Future Tribes represent a strong balance of bold and muted colour trends for 2014. The stylists have successfully demonstrated the use of dramatic colour and how it defines an interior space.

The Digital Nomad

Travelling the world without leaving home, The Digital Nomad is inspired by cultures that place emphasis on energetic colour and vibrant pattern. This aesthetic creates an ambience of being immersed in the life of an Aztec tribe or caught up in the energy of a Spanish marketplace. 

Styled by Wilhelmina McCarroll, head designer and director of Zuster, and interior stylists Bree Leech and Heather Nette King, The Digital Nomad features juxtaposed colours that form digital patterns and eclectic interiors. 

The Retro Visionaries 

The Retro Visionaries incorporate strong influences from the late 20th century when digital culture was first emerging. Quirky, colourful and energetic, this palette relies heavily on the progressive trend of colour blocking. 

Styled by well-known abstract expressionist, Rowena Martinich, together with Leech and Nette King, The Retro Visionaries make a stand against traditional monochrome and prove that brighter can be better.

The Precious Elementals 

Grounded and conscious of the earth’s natural resources, The Precious Elementals innately respect and revere these elements and their geometric forms. Enhanced, natural materials are used to represent the human influence on the natural landscape.

Styled by McCarroll, Leech and Nette King, mineral and metal colours modernise pastels and soft greys, while patinas and raw finishes reflect the weathering effects of nature.

The Romantic Spirits

Seductive, sultry and rich in colour, The Romantic Spirits incorporate nostalgia and antiquity into their technologically-dominated world. The modern design reveals elements of romance from simple embellishments and flourishes resembling calligraphy strokes, to skilfully turned timber forms.

Styled by Melbourne artist Geoffrey Carran, Leech and Nette King, The Romantic Spirits capture history with patina finishes and worn looks contrasted against moody colours.

An exclusive instalment featuring the 2014 Colour Forecast palettes will be showcased at the DIA offices in Melbourne from 1-18 October with a special media launch event scheduled for Tuesday 1 October. These colours have been selected from the Dulux World of Colour.