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Colour of the year




Dulux colour of the year 2016 - Cherished gold 


Still bright enough to attract attention while also subtly referring to the past and colour of earth, Cherished gold also combines well with other tones.

The Story of Cherished gold


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Explained by Rebecca Williamson (Dulux Senior Colour Design and Content Manager)


"Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world so for 2016 Cherished gold is a natural evolution from Copper blush, last years' Colour of the Year. As metallics continue to add that feed good factor, this ochre inspired hue will offer that little touch of glamour to our interiors. With 'gold' set to envelop so many moments throughout 2016".


Colour trends for 2016 are all about 'Looking Both Ways'. A year of combining both the traditional and the modern in our colour schemes. In identifying a colour that would connect with the overall trend of looking both ways, we noted that all key trends for 2016 had an element of gold in them. It's the 'golden hour' of dark and light; it's the gold that appears in Heritage and Future - both in the paintings of old masters and also in modern design trends.

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Dulux colours to compliment Cherished gold

Here are some coordinated colours that work beautifully with the colour of the year, Cherished gold, to create a room which is perfect for you.

Sun dust
Sun dust
Atlas blue
Atlas blue
Caramel blush
Caramel blush
Soft cinnebar
Soft cinnebar
Paper mint
Paper mint
Soft almond
Soft almond
Salisbury stones
Salisbury stones
Lucky penny
Lucky penny
Rum caramel
Rum caramel
Cherished gold
Cherished gold

Cherished gold and the complimentary colours above are only available to purchase in our stores using the Dulux Mixlab.


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How to decorate with Cherished gold

Metallic tones are on-trend in the interiors world right now. But more importantly than that, these warm hues add a certain glow to spaces and are more versatile than you might imagine (no wonder they've become so popular). Our Colour of the Year for 2016 interprets these metallics shades for your a warm and welcoming home - take a look at these different ways Cherished gold can be used in your spaces and be inspired to enrich your walls with this earthy shade.

make an entrance
Make an entrance

Cherish your hello's and goodbye in a hallway that really feels like home with this comforting, earthy hue.

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The right stripes

Stripes will never date, combine Cherished gold with Atlas blue, Lucky penny and Soft almond in bold bands across walls to achieve a softer take on this graphic look.

Tone on tone
Tone on tone

Add Cherished gold to a muted pastel scheme and you've instantly given your space a sophisticated update. Use Paper mint and Atlas blue with Cherished gold to recreate this look.

Back to nature
Back to nature

Cherished gold and natural material were made for each other. Bringing out the qualities of wood and other natural textures, this mid-tone complements everything from blonde timbers to rich leather.

Cooking up a storm
Cooking up a storm

Cherished gold is the ideal ingredient for adding a touch of spice to the heart of your home - go to town and use liberally across wall space, or add a hint of colour as a splash-back.

Study in gold
Study in gold

Acting in the same way as a soothing neutral, Cherished gold brings a calm mood to an office space - all the better for focusing on the task at hand.




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Cherished gold
Cherished gold
Soft cinnebar
Soft cinnebar
Atlas blue
Atlas blue
Paper mint
Paper mint

Cherished gold and the complimentary colours above are only available to purchase in our stores using the Dulux Mixlab.


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