Dulux Colour of the Year 2016 – Cherished Gold

On Tuesday, Dulux announced it’s much anticipated Colour of the Year 2016 at Decorex during their talk on Colour Futures.  A warm ochre that mixes beautifully with the blues and greys that have been leading the trend game for the last year or two, Cherished Gold is a spicy yellow that is warm and steeped in tradition but bold enough to make a statement in today’s interiors.

Cherished Gold Dulux Colour of the Year 2016

Dulux say: “In identifying a colour that would connect with the overall trend of looking both ways, we noted that all the 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.”

Cherished Gold Dulux Colour of the Year 2016

“Our research saw gold and gold tones being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating. We feel that this is a beautiful next step, a natural evolution and transition from the coppery orange that was the Colour of the Year for 2015.” (Check out our inspiring post on last year’s colour of the year, Copper Blush.)

Casa sugar cherished gold coty

As a fan of gold metals for the last few years, of course it’s a happy day when something I love is finally getting the attention it deserves! This warm yellow tone mixes beautifully with other warm tones as well as cool ones. I’ve been seeing a lot of this colour in interiors over the past year and it’s the perfect autumn tone, easily incorporated into nearly any style.

Cherished gold chair in scandi style room

While this warm ochre looks beautiful in textiles, you can also get the look in a kitchen or bathroom with golden tiles. Consider combining cherished gold tiles with a plain white brick or square white tile to allow them to shine.

mustard cherished gold tiles in bathroom

Or consider using a white tile against cherished gold kitchen or bathroom cupboards for a contemporary approach to a traditional look with warm travertine style tiles underfoot.

yellow kitchen

Yellow cupboards in bathroom

Of course, the easiest way to incorporate any trend is through your accessories. Combining this golden hue with pale pastels or warm, earthy tones can easily lift a room or create the perfect haven this Autumn.

Cherished Gold Buying Guide


Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Canvas art / Ethnic Cushion / Geometric Throw / Fluted plate / Vintage art print / Mosaic Travertine Tiles / Love seat / Arrow cushion / Tea Light set

What do you think of Dulux’s choice for their colour of the year? Is this a trend you’d incorporate into your home? I’d love to hear from you!


Image sources: Dulux / Dulux / Style Me Pretty / Alvhem Mäkleri via Paperblog / HGTV / House and Home / Domaine

As a multi-award winning interior design content creator, Kimberly Duran is an Interior Design-obsessed American ex-pat, who chronicles her decorating journey and dispenses interior design advice in her personal blog, Swoon Worthy. When she’s not helplessly drooling over all the latest trends in design, she’s adding things to the imaginary ‘shopping basket’ in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects with her partner in crime, Wayne, stalking eBay for vintage bargains and filling her home with her favourite neutral – gold.