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Wattyl Releases Colour Trend Palettes 2018

Wattyl, Australia’s longest-standing paint brand*, has released its colour trends forecast for 2018.

Extensive global research into consumer lifestyles and the multiple factors affecting a person’s sense of place and wellbeing have enabled the brand to pinpoint our collective mood in terms of living spaces and the role we wish them to play.

Careful analysis, says Wattyl, reflects a fast-paced world of hi-tech; fake news; and increasing pollution – an environment that consumers seek to counterbalance by creating a home that is a sanctuary, a personal haven to refocus and re-balance.

Unlike many colour trend forecasts, Wattyl’s predictions are based on genuine research on a global scale.  The findings depict a clear increase in the desire for the home to act as a refuge, a place to retreat from the fast pace of everyday life and recharge.  FOMO (fear of missing out) has been replaced by JOMO (joy of missing out)!

And while each of us is increasingly dependent on technology, the research suggests there is a growing sense of nostalgia; a yearning for simpler times as a counterbalance to the clamour and pace of the outside world.

Wattyl has developed four colour palettes for next year that capture the collective mood for living spaces that feel both safe and nurturing.


…. a desire to return to the time when life was simple and optimism ruled.  The look echoes mid-century modern design of     


Palm Springs 

with a hint of luxe!

Midnight Seas

Silver Shadow

Gold Mine


Space Odyssey



….reflects our desire to gain meaning and purpose in our lives, whereby we make value-based decisions on our lifestyle and regain a connection to the environment. Botanical and mineral palettes set the scene.

Grey Ember



Bobby Brown




….reconnecting with ourselves, taking time to reset and strengthen our bodies and minds.  All are key focuses in this fast-paced world.

Colour and light stimulate our dormant senses and we can breathe.

Coastal Views

Posh Pink

Alta Sierra




….JOMO..the joy of missing out.  We are searching for ways of slowing down in a bid to manage our connected and busy lives.  We want to spend more time at home, the fear of missing out is no more!  Colours are soft and quiet.

Baby Seal

Subtle Hint

Pilbara Sand

Sheer Granite


The 2018 Colour Palettes are available in Wattyl’s ultra premium

id Interior low VOC paints – Contemporary Matt, Luxury Low Sheen, Silky Satin and Advanced Low Sheen.


For more information on the palettes and how to use them consumers can visit


*     Wattyl was founded in 1915


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