Dulux colour of the year 2022 is cool, calming and hopeful

The benefits of blue are well storied, and now Dulux has named Bright Skies as its colour of the year for 2022 – something we’re probably all craving more of right now.

A versatile, uplifting shade that’s easy on the eye, this blue entices us with the promise of, well, something bright and beautiful.

“Bright Skies is the perfect colour of the year for 2022 because it captures the essence of freedom we’ve all been craving for the past 12 months, while we stared out of the window,” says Marianne Shillingford, Dulux creative director.

“After so long trapped indoors, we’ve come to appreciate the power of nature to uplift and revitalise us, and a clear blue summer sky is possibly the ultimate colour of nature.

“This colour also melts the walls away to reconnect us with the great outdoors and makes small spaces feel much bigger. It’s perfect for a ceiling too, and anywhere in your home that needs a much needed injection of light and positivity.

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“Bright Skies pairs beautifully with all natural materials like wood and stone as well as subtle cool and warm neutrals,” adds Ms Shillingford.

Destined to make a splash, Ms Shillingford says the brand’s colour of the year is always influenced by what’s happening around us, and to us. “We’re inspired by commonly shared experiences as much as by emerging design trends, and seek to find synergy between the two. We’re also uplifted by the simplest pleasures that nature has to offer,” she explains.

“Who doesn’t smile and feel good when they see a beautiful sunset or clear blue summer sky? We aim to choose a colour of the year that captures what we all need in our homes for the year ahead, and Bright Skies is a colour saturated with pure joy.”

Here are some inspiring ways to bring more blue into your home.

In the kitchen

A bright and beautiful stove is bang on trend with home entertaining being so big right now. Many of us are appreciating the heart of the home more than ever.

Read: How to make the most out of your kitchen

With the Great British Bake Off back on screens, chances are you might be tipping your pastry hat and whipping up a storm. But even your red velvet cake could benefit from a touch of blue, and every star baker needs a KitchenAid mixer in their life.

This colour makes a real feature when placed behind your hob, sink or basin.

Celebrate the colour

To work the paint colour into your existing scheme, Ms Shillingford says to use Bright Skies where you would love to have had a window or simply more light: “Perfect for brightening up alcoves, and on walls you look at from your favourite chair or sofa, and dream about summer holidays to come.”

Read: Easy ways to improve the lighting in your home

Incorporate it into smaller furnishings

Instead of purchasing a whole new sofa, a statement footstool with soft rounded edges can be a starting point for your colour story. After all, you’ll want to put your feet up after poring over all those swatches.

In the bedroom

While keeping your sleeping space fresh and airy: “In a bedroom, wrap this colour around you on all the walls, woodwork and doors, for a breezy look that puts a smile on your face first thing in the morning and last thing at night,” suggests Ms Shillingford. Striped bed linen will tie everything together … think a beach hut or cottage by the sea, for that dreamy laid-back vibe.

Are you contemplating a new colour scheme? What do you think of Bright Skies? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

– With PA

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