Dulux’s Colour Of The Year 2016

WORDS Malibongwe Tyilo


Raise your paintbrushes with us as we celebrate Dulux’s colour of the year for 2016.

Being the largest colour and coatings manufacturer in the world, AkzoNobel, the Dutch multinational behind Dulux paints, is constantly at work monitoring economic, social and design trends to stay ahead of the game. Recently, as part of its annual colour trend forecasting, Dulux named Monarch Gold as its colour of the year for 2016. This gold-influenced shade of ochre is both a replacement for and an evolution from 2015’s coppery orange.

“It can be used in a multitude of areas and is well aligned to current trends, which see the increased use of gold and gold tones in fashion, design and architecture,” says Dulux colour expert Sonica Bucksteg. “Monarch Gold together with the trend palettes from ColourFutures 2016 beautifully complement one another to create either a tonal effect, a relaxed neutral combination or something more surprising.”

We can’t help but agree. We’ve seen bits of gold everywhere, from metallics in fashion to touches of gold in interiors – think accents in lighting fixtures and gold taps.

Although we’re not quite ready to commit to an entire wall in glittery gold, we’re enthusiastically hopping on board for Dulux’s Monarch Gold, which not only looks great on its own but also plays particularly well with other hues.