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olive green feature wall with terracotta sofa from dulux 2018 paint forecast

The Promising Australiana Trend has just Arrived

The Australiana interiors trend is picking up pace of late, and I couldn’t be happier to see it taking shape. In a design climate that draws so much inspiration from overseas looks (Hamptons, Scandinavian, French Provincial – to name a few), it’s nice to see a trend built on an aesthetic a little closer to home.

The images in this post highlight what make the trend so amazing. They’re from the most recent Dulux 2018 colour trends forecast. This look is what the team at Dulux call ‘Kinship’ (more on it here), but to me the colour story here has Australiana written all over it. The tones and textures – and inturn the entire mood – is unlike anything we’ve seen of late here in Aus. And what a welcome change it is!

So let’s explore how you can take the best moments from this look and create your very own Australiana interior.

Want to see the other 4 big interior trends for 2018? Click here to check them out.

olive green panel bedroom wall with burnt red linen bedding

A Muddy (but Marvellous) Palette

The colour palette is the starting point for the Australian trend, and there’s a rich combination of colours at play here.

Warm terracotta tones and burnished reds seem to stand out the most, and they’re at home against the equally stunning faded green shades. This wonderful sense of balance makes the look a vibrant one, but it’s not at all overbearing.

Muddy blushes, cool greys, steel blues and deep ochre shades also make an appearance, creating a palette that feels both earthy and cosy.

And don’t worry; you can ease into using these colours. If you’re looking at the imagery here, feeling wowed, but worry you can’t commit to a green wall, fear not! You can easily paint some smaller sections of wall in these tones, or bring in some accessories, cushions or artworks that use these hues.

dulux dining room with burnt orange feature wall and round timber table

Ease into the look: hit Etsy to find some unique decor from local artists, or explore your op-shop and paint some pieces in the colours you see here.

dulux 2018 paint forecast kinship red round tray on table with handmade jugs

Important Textural Elements

In terms of textures and materials, the approach is more refined than what a typical (or more mature) Australiana interior might usually adopt. The wood furniture, for example, is less battered and bruised. But the wood grain can still be seen. The colour of the timber itself is blonder and less red; a more contemporary take on an Australian farmhouse.

There’s also a sense of craftsmanship in the decor here. Handmade vases and ceramics are important and give the look character. Pieces feel loved and handed-down. There’s also a good amount of softer handmade pieces too; macrame and other wall hangings play alongside woven rugs and hand-printed tablecloths.

The images here definitely pull inspiration from global culture, but I reckon it’s nice to ramp up the local look. Don’t be afraid to hit Etsy to find some unique decor creations from local artists, or explore your op-shop and paint some pieces in the colours you see here from Dulux.

dulux 2018 paint colour forecast kinship olive green wall with terracotta sofa

Hello Nature!

A sense of nature is also present in the Australiana interior. And I don’t just mean in the native florals you’ll want to display everywhere. They’re important, but look to bring in that sense of nature elsewhere too. Soft organic cottons in bed linen are a good starting point, as is bamboo or timber flooring. You’ll also want to embrace the detail in woven baskets and hand-knitted throws, too.

The look also plays well in homes that rock an indoor-meets-out vibe. Embrace open doors and windows and let the light and air floor in. Have greenery sit either side of your doors and windows to blur the lines between the in and outside world.

blush and green bedroom wall with blonde timber tallboy and timber rocking chair

Are you loving the Australiana Trend?

Let me know what you think of the Australiana interiors vibe that’s going on in this trend. Are you loving or loathing? I’d love to know in the comments below.

The images in this post come via Dulux. Styling by Bree Leech and photography by Lisa Cohen.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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6 Responses

  1. I love this! I have always looked at some of our native trees and thought what an amazing colour palette it could be. My favourite would have to be the snow gums in the high country – greys, greens to earthy pinks! And this really is a look that can still allow your home to feel just that – like a home!

  2. love the faded terracotta tones, and the lovely pottery shapes, shame its spring, cannt wait till next Autumn to introduce some of these tones, instead of the bright orange of the past – thanks for keeping us up to date love the Australiana vibe, can see a wonderful accent colour, soft gum tree green would look wonderful with it

    1. I so agree with you on the gum tree Anna. Wouldn’t it look stellar? The terracottas are on trend at the moment, but it’s a colour that I reckon is here to stay (and if you love it, rock it anyway, even if it’s not ‘on-trend’. That’s my motto!). 🙂

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