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Earth and sky

Taking inspiration from the most in-demand interior colour palettes, we’ve curated a selected of fabrics that help draw the outdoors in to create spaces that make us feel connected with the natural world.

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Dulux’s colour forecast is a great guide to help you create the latest looks in your home. For 2021, themes include Nourish and Reset, the colour palettes of which both feature earthy tones that range from taupe to yellowy beiges, orangey reds to reddish browns, woodsy and bluey greens, and plenty of neutrals to balance out the deeper colours.

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Colours to soothe and uplift

Earth tones are always soothing, and even the most subdued hues tend to be quite versatile. The challenge can be maintaining visual interest. But neutral doesn’t have to mean plain. As the names suggest, both colour palettes offer different feelings. With Nourish you’ll create a cosy, homely sanctuary; choose Reset for a fresh and uplifting aesthetic.


“Earth-based hues create a harmonious setting to help with inspiration and creativity”. Earthy tones keep us grounded and their versatility allows us to create interiors that range from rustic to grand and elegant.

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Moody blues, grey sky hues and colours as light as air. Turning to the third theme in Dulux’s colour forecast for 2021 as inspiration – the Retreat colour palette offers some deep and calming blues and greys that allow you to create a space fit for working, relaxing and living in.

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Graceful grey

We love how this billowy James Dunlop fabric brings softness and lightens the polished concrete floor. The subtle pattern is embroidered and gives the fabric a point of visual interest. The grey-on-grey colour palette is sophisticated, contemporary and tranquil but not at all ‘too much’ as the sheer quality of the fabric allows the natural landscape outside to also play a part in the aesthetic of the room. Choose a heading style that requires more fabric to achieve these organic painterly forms in the way it drapes.

Fabric inspiration

Academy by James Dunlop

Use a vertical stripe to draw the eye upwards; the higher the better.

Highline by James Dunlop

From a deep dark orange, like the volcanic soil of Pukekohe’s market gardens, the ombre affect goes through a forest-like green to ochre and clay.

Alba by James Dunlop

We love how dramatic you can get using contrasting earth tones.

Alexandra by James Dunlop

Traditional prints, tapestry and folk textiles are a strong and timeless trend. With Alexandra from James Dunlop, you also get them in 2021’s on trend colours – a beautifully balanced navy and rich red.

Alliance by James Dunlop

You can’t help but feel refreshed with these whisper sheer curtains and light, bright neutrals brought to life with a dollop of mustard.

Gentle by James Dunlop

We love the creative and unexpected polka-dot pattern woven into this natural linen yarn fabric. All the colours in this range have a nurturing vibe.

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