Australian colour trends
vast majority of Australians live in urban clusters around the
coast, the iconic imagery of the outback’s Red Centre increasingly
has a major influence on the colours we choose for our home
creams and greens of the past have been consigned to the dustbin of
time as we now use more natural and interesting colours to decorate
and oranges, sunflower and mustard yellows, and yellowed neutrals
reflect the look of the sunburnt country we inhabit.
Australia’s range of other climates is reflected in colours that are
popular today including greys, steel blues, teal and peacock mixed
with caramel and honey colours, natural timbers, all stone coloured
neutrals, textured blacks, stark but dimensional whites, softer
greens, olive greys and rust.
the most popular trends in Australia’s wide palette of choice
Backyard to the future
Australian backyards are changing. The old notion of a Hills Hoist
placed in the middle of a rectangular patch of grass edged by an
equally geometric garden and timber fence is fast becoming something
to reminisce about in family photos.
may still the same shape but it has a new purpose. It could be a
coloured backdrop to the garden, a deep orange feature behind a Bali
pavilion, a steel blue backrest for perimeter seating or a charcoal
boundary adding depth to gardens.
now creating smaller spaces in the backyard for a range of
purposes. Areas for a barbeque, growing vegetables and herbs, a
hammock or day bed, dining or sports are smaller room-like zones
that help create the indoor/outdoor lifestyle we all love.
can be used for dividing spaces and for adding interest and detail.
Moroccan, Asian and Islamic patterns bring decoration to the outdoor
space and if placed with consideration can cast wonderful shadows on
surrounding coloured walls.
Sustainably Mellow Yellow
the strongest growing trends in Australian housing is the quest for
eco conscious and seek the harmonious integration of landscape and
people to provide food, energy and shelter in a sustainable way.
Increasingly, manufacturers are creating building products that are
recyclable, renewable and responsible. In the paint industry, low
VOC paints lead the way in products that support the environment.
The colour of sustainability is yellow. the colour of sunshine, of
pure life giving energy and innocence.
The various shades of yellow - earthy mustards, sunflower yellows,
barely there yellows, and yellowed greens, greys and neutrals -
reflect a desire to be true to our environment.
All shades of organic greens through to olive browns compliment this
modern Australian house has large, open and flexible living areas
that merge with outside dining and entertaining zones.
and landscaping are structurally and visually linked to the house
and create a sense of depth and unity.
feature walls (stack stone, slate, sandstone), rendered planter
boxes, ledges, elongated window shapes, integrated garage doors
(timber or painted to match the render), monotone bricks in beige or
black, and sometimes a feature coloured front door are all new
trends in modern housing.
finishes used are repeated inside, outside and in the garden for
continuity of texture and colour. Roofs are darker and flatter with
charcoal and black roof tiles and corrugated steel being the largest
colour palette is predominantly stone inspired neutrals including
browns and taupes, warm and cool greys, and black and charcoals.
This is highlighted with features of either texture (mainly stones
and cedar coloured timbers) or deep colours of personal choice ?
maybe green, purple, red, pink or orange –usually just one feature
colour is enough.
Life’s a beach
resort style pavilion with silky limestone and cedar finishes to a
weathered weatherboard shack, the beach house is an Australian
colour cues are simply from the beach…the white caps of the waves,
the blues, teals and greens of the water, the perfect sky blue, all
mixed with the golden tones of the sand and accent colours taken
from the local surroundings ?sun bleached bush colours, saturated
tropical colours, barren rocky windswept colours.
nature of a beach house is somewhere to relax, unwind and find
balance and inspiration. The colours that surround us are highly
personal but generally, many beach houses are painted in lighter
airier colours while city houses are getting darker.
Australians have grown up with the notion of rusty old tin roofs so
it isn’t all that surprising that one of the most popular finishes
at the moment is rust! Either from real metal or, increasingly,
from paint products, the rusted roof is a hit.
rust, white rust, true rusty oranges with copper green patina stains
all fit within the rust colour palette and these textured features
are blended with timber, stone and glass to create exciting layers
of weathered colour and texture.
all metallic surfaces are in demand ?from zinc to copper and from
stainless steel to industrial blue steel ?and paint is the easiest
way to achieve this look.