Why Wild Wonder Is The Most Versatile Dulux Color Of The Year

‘Wild Wonder is probably the most versatile Color of the Year ever launched,’ claims Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Dulux. Described as a ‘gentle warm gold with hints of green’, Wild Wonder is the color that will define 2023, according to the paint manufacturer’s annual color forecast, which is now in its 20th year.

In fact, it’s so versatile that it provides a relaxed, natural canvas to everything we already have in our homes, from vibrant brights to muted neutrals. Accompanying Wild Wonder is four color palettes: Lush, Buzz, Raw and Flow, all designed to inspire more creativity and expression in decorating through combining layers of color and shape in a room.

And there’s space for it in every room of the home. How, exactly? Marianne shares some decorating advice…

Dulux's color of the year 2023 color palettes


In the kitchen…

Try using Wild Wonder on the kitchen ceiling, where it will bathe the space in a gentle glow of summer, no matter the season, Marianne suggests. ‘It’s also the perfect shade for kitchen units and as an accent behind open shelving,’ she adds.

Dulux's wild wonder used in kitchen

Dulux Lush color palette 2023


In the bathroom…

‘Forest bathing is officially a thing and so if you can’t get out to the woods as often as you would like to enjoy the positive effects of nature, try a bit of forest bathing at home and paint your bathroom ceiling and walls in Wild Wonder, then add layers of forest hues from the Lush palette in the towels and accessories,’ Marianne suggests.

In the living room…

‘The biophilic nature of Wild Wonder comes to life in living rooms where it responds to light conditions in a magical way. At different times of the day and evening it will take on a new characteristic from soothing gold to a fresher energizing soft green, making it the ideal choice for rooms of any aspect,’ Marianne explains. ‘It’s perfect as a wraparound color on all the walls but if you are feeling more adventurous, layer it in creative ways like blocks, bands, checks and stripes with other colors from your favorite 2023 trend palette.’

Dulux's wild wonder used in living room

Dulux's wild wonder used in living room

In the bedroom…

In a bedroom, this color is soothing and warm. Marianne says it’s the perfect shade to balance having to turn down the heating a notch or two. She suggests painting Wild Wonder on the ceiling or as a painted headboard that goes up and over the bed in a canopy effect.

Dulux's wild wonder used on bedroom ceiling

In the home office…

If you’re longing to bring the outside in to your home office, combine Wild Wonder with soft pale blues to capture a feeling of breezy spaciousness, says Marianne, or a delicately energizing pink to harness the uplifting essence of a garden in bloom.

On the ceiling…

‘Invest in some good quality masking tapes and a spirit level, then experiment with blocks of color that you can frame with Wild Wonder or bands and stripes that go up onto the ceiling,’ Marianne explains. ‘With the right masking tape you can tackle check effects and even curved shapes.’

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