Variations on a bedroom - in paint

21 October 2020

One of the easiest ways to give a room a make-over is with paint – from changing the mood of the room to defining your work and relaxation zones, colour can work wonders.

Dulux colour and communications manager Andrea Lucena-Orr says: “You can give a room a whole new look in just a couple of hours – whether it’s a bold colour on the walls or a punchy little accent in a nook or the back of shelves – and easily switch things up again when you’re ready to create something new.”

To show how easy it is to transform a space with colour, stylist Julia Green has used palettes from the 2021 Dulux Colour Forecast to create three different bedroom spaces.

The Dulux Colour Forecast 2021 comprises three soothing palettes inspired by nature and moments of stronger colour to uplift and brighten our outlook – think soft, earthy neutrals alongside pops of coral and stormy blue.

“There’s no right or wrong way to use these colours in your home,” says Julia, “It’s about expressing your personal style and creating a space that nurtures, inspires and feels truly your own.”

The projects are quick, simple updates that could be done in a day or less, and would not break the budget. 


For the first look, this palette was used to help introduce brighter colours in accessories to bounce off a white wall.

 “We chose Dulux Wash & Wear in Natural White for the walls – a warm white that pairs beautifully with the existing carpet and makes the room feel bright and open. A dramatic, coastal-inspired artwork gave the room a new focal point and provided the colour cues for the rest of the scheme. We drew tones of burnt orange, deep blue-green and mustard and used them in the bedding and a striking pendant light,” Julia says.


Julia says that the Retreat palette was the inspiration for the second set-up where they wanted to show how powerful colour could be in changing a space’s mood.

“We painted the walls a deep, warm grey – Dulux Wash & Wear in Teahouse – and instantly turned this bland room into a sophisticated and tranquil space. Touches of crisp white on the ceiling, door frames and pendant provided contrast and light.”

To keep the classic, tailored vibe, Julia then chose a palette of deep navy, dusty blue and ochre for the rest of the scheme.

“In our projects, we always love adding one or two touches of the unexpected as they really energise a space – here, it’s a rustic, fringed throw on the end of the bed and a graphic, contemporary artwork,” Julia adds.


In the third look, Julia turned to earthy colours to create a cocooning and restful feel, centred around a plush, upholstered bed-head in mossy green. This was contrasted wit a soft clay hue on the walls and ceiling – Dulux Wash & Wear in Skip To.

Julia says: “To keep the focus on the cosy bed set-up, we opted for minimalist artwork and used simple timber frames to create a tonal effect against the clay-coloured walls. Texture was added with a ribbed timber side and accessories with matt finishes.”

All images are provided by Dulux Australia Colour Forecast 2021. Stylist: Julia Green. Photographer: Armelle Habib.