Leading paint company Dulux predicts that home interiors this winter will be inspired by icy landscapes and deep, dark forests with touches of warm, pale blonde timbers and plenty of texture.

Dulux’s seasonal forecast predicts the growing popularity of neutrals, partnered with inky blues and earthy grey beiges such as Dulux Blue Ash, Powdered Gum and Mirage Blue, all from its Wildland palette.

Dulux Colour & Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr explains that the Wildland palette is all about creating warmth through texture. She suggests deeper shades in dark, earthy colours such as Dulux Western Myall, with focal points in warmer hues and lighter tones to create a beautiful space.

Homeowners can also integrate furnishings in natural timbers, and soft fabrics such as fur and wool to juxtapose the brooding colours, and add an element of comfort to the space.

Alternatively, introducing a subtle neutral such as Dulux Purri Sticks alongside a moody blue can change the feel of the space to create a calm, tranquil atmosphere.

A fresh coat of paint is a simple and inexpensive way to add colour and personality to any home space. According to Lucena-Orr, colour can highlight items that need to draw attention, and camouflage elements that need to be hidden. She adds that colour plays a pivotal role in the home as it helps define the feeling and mood of a space, which can be achieved with a simple painting project.

Dulux colour experts study trends around the world to develop their forecast, attending trade fairs in Europe, studying product and design innovation, colour and finishes, and emerging global designers.