The Dulux 2015 Colour Forecast for the summer predicts soft pale pinks and muted mauves for interiors. Dulux’s summer palette, Connection celebrates tonal and pastel hues inspired by the soft glow of a sunset.

The Dulux 2015 Colour Forecast from leading paint specialist Dulux is based on a comprehensive study of design, colour and finishes from around the globe.

Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr comments that key colours for summer are likely to be Dulux Wild Phlox and Dulux Stately Frills with accents in Dulux colours such as Mud Berry and Ellen. She explains that delicate soft tones used with neutral whites create calm, sophisticated spaces.

Homeowners looking to make an impact can try an accent wall using a combination of these colours in soft organic shapes. A touch of soft green with the addition of an indoor plant adds a living element, essential for well-being and connection with nature.

Andrea advises that bed linen and soft furnishings such as cushions and floaty fabric draped over sunlit windows can complement these colours to create a dreamy space filled with subtle, shadowed colour. Those wanting a more subtle hint of colour in the home can try an overall room colour in Dulux Mud Berry offset with a soft white trim such as Dulux Lexicon Half, with tonal pastel accessories added to complete the look.

Contrast can be minimised in the space by painting side tables and the bedhead while layer fabrics and soft linens can create an inviting restful place.

Textile Designer Bonnie Ashley of Bonnie and Neil observes that even the most neutrally toned home can benefit from splashes of colour.