I always find it fascinating when colour trends are announced and how designers, stylists and homeowners will adopt these colours into their spaces over the coming year. At the recent Decorex event, Dulux announced its eagerly anticipated Colour of the Year for 2016. Their choice? Cherished Gold.


I admit I wasn’’t as surprised by the choice as I have been in year’s past. Copper Blush was last year’’s COTY, based upon the proliferation of warm metals into the interior design scene and this year, their pick was inspired by another warm metal; –gold. I’’ve been using gold and brass in my own home for a few years now so I was happy to see that my favourite metal was being honoured!

My own warm ‘cherished gold’ loveseat and gold accents in my living room prove my point!

Swoon Worthy Gold chair

Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design & Content Manager at Dulux, explains: “Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating.

“For 2016 Cherished Gold is a beautiful next step, a natural evolution and transition from Copper Blush, last year’s Colour of the Year. As metallics continue to add that feel good factor into our homes, this earthy gold inspired hue will offer that little touch of glamour in an authentic and personal way.”

Ali Cayne on Domino

The resulting hue is a spicy, nearly-mustard yellow with the earthy richness of tradition that works well with many different hues –from the grey that’’s dominated neutrals for the last few years to darker richer autumnal hues like indigo, teal and emerald green. It also works equally well with pastels, grounding the space and creating a richer feel.

Cherished gold cushions in grey room

It can be used to create a mid-century vibe but works equally well in more pared back Scandinavian interiors as well.

Cherished gold yellow chairs mid century

In more traditional or eclectic designs, it brings a pop of colour without overwhelming the senses and creates a warm and elegant look.

Cherished gold in bedroom

This really is a colour that can be adopted nearly anywhere. My preference is bringing trendy colours into a room scheme with textiles. That warmth pairs so well with soft, textural fabrics and can be just the thing to bring a bit of richness into your autumn and winter home.

warm gold artwork in dining room

While there’’s no need to fully redecorate every time the colour trends are announced (because let’’s be honest, who has the time or money for that?), adding a few accents to your home by way of accessories is always a great way to give your home a little lift.

What did you think of Dulux’’s choice this year? Is this a colour you’’ll be adding to your home? I’’d love to hear your thoughts.


Image sources: Dulux / Swoon Worthy / Domino / Travis Walton Architecture & Interior Design via Vogue Australia / Julien Fernandez on Style Me Pretty / Julien Fernandez on Style Me Pretty / Andrew Arthur via Domaine


By Kimberly Duran on 27.10.15

Guest Contributor

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