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Colours of 2021

Sami Muirhead has a laugh about the home decorating colour palettes of 2021 and the overzealous attempts at describing them.


Colours of 2021

Sami Muirhead has a laugh about the home decorating colour palettes of 2021 and the overzealous attempts at describing them.

Things are looking rosy for 2021 for the renovators and stylists here on the Coast. But the rest of us may need an interpreter to understand the strange language of colour when it comes to paint and making things pretty.

The beautiful people at Dulux have declared some new colour palettes for 2021, with my favourite shade being Terra Rose in the Reset palette. I love this colour because it sounds like a great bottle of chilled wine.

Dulux has decreed the Nourish palette features ‘natural beauty with biophilic hues of mossy and sage greens, turmeric and citrus. A renewed palette of warm neutrals inspires fresh interest by adding accents of yellow and green’.

Pardon, Dulux? I don’t know about you, but I had to read this colour palette description about five times and even then, I was not fabulous enough to decode what on earth it means. Sage green I do understand, and I think the people at Dulux had probably been waving around some stage sticks filled with exotic herbs and inhaled a bit too much smoke when they released their colour forecast. I had to Google what ‘biophilic’ even means. It turns out biophilia is not a condition people have who want to have intimate relationships with dead people. Nope. It means humans have a genetic connection to nature. Well yeah, clearly. We like to call it getting back to basics. Who doesn’t love to walk in the Noosa National Park or go for a swim at the beach? Well, now you can brag to your friends that you are filling up you biophilic cup. My biophilic cup floweth over if we head up to Rainbow Beach for the weekend.

Anyway, I got lots of giggles reading this new Dulux colour forecast as it also states, ‘The Nourish palette captures the deep appreciation for natural beauty as soothing colours encourage moments of stillness’. Let me tell you with a tribe of beautiful kids and dogs and five fish, I could paint every corner of our home the exact shade of rocks and rivers and it would still be a cesspit of glorious noise and mess with sticky fingerprints and screaming coming from every corner.

I guess on a basic level, we tried to copy this colour palette mimicking nature in the early 2000s, as everyone I knew had blue and yellow in their kitchen and loungerooms. We all had those classy sea blue lounges with bright yellow cushions. One fancy friend even took this connection to nature concept to the next level as she had a toilet seat cover that was clear with real sand and seashells inside it. Classy. And my brother had a plastic Billy the Bass Fish mounted over his billiard table and it would sing Take Me To The River or Don’t Worry Be Happy on very merry Friday nights. The colour experts at Dulux would not have approved.


Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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