A combination of lush indoor plants and soothing paint colours can transform a interior space into a calm haven. Dulux® has some exciting colour trends for 2020, including ‘Cultivate’, a nature-inspired palette, with gentle layers of green, that reinforces our connection with nature and helps bring elements of the natural world inside. Ideal for combatting the chaos of the modern world and creating a space where we can refresh and rejuvenate, these colours embrace slow living and our ability to grow and sustain ourselves in simple ways.

Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Group Colour and Communications Manager, says “I love how powerful colour is when it comes to creating a sense of space and importantly the emotion it can evoke within that space”. Colours in the Dulux ‘Cultivate’ palette include harmonious shades of botanical greens, interspersed with pops of chalky blue, deep plum and yellow curd, creating the perfect contrast. 


CREDIT Dulux, Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Stylist: Bree Leech, Dulux Colours: Hancock (left), Pencarrow (right).

Combine with matt black, grey or stone look pots and timber plant stands to create layers of earthy texture. For splashes of colour, include purple toned foliage plants like:

  • Chain of hearts (Ceropegia woodii), a beautiful trailing plant with delicate green, grey and purple toned leaves. Perfect for a hanging basket or draping down over shelves.
  • Varieties of Never never plants (Ctenanthe spp.), which can include both mauve and grey leaf markings, providing wonderful foliage interest and contrast.
  • Waffle plants (Hemigraphis spp.), which are compact plants with burgundy and green foliage, ideal for a vibrant splash of colour on a coffee table or shelf.
  • Incorporate a yellow or mustard coloured pot in the plant display to contrast the green hues and complete the ‘Cultivate’ look. 
  • Growing Tip: It’s important to regularly feed your indoor plants! It’s as simple as inserting a Yates® Thrive® Indoor Plants & Ferns Dripper or Yates Thrive Plants & Ferns Plant Food Spike into the potting mix. They provide indoor plants with a complete and balanced blend of nutrients to promote lush, healthy growth.

Fiddle leaf figs (Ficus lyrata), which have wonderfully large deep green leaves and their impressive height can really make a statement in any room.

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum wallisii) bring atropical feel with masses of lush green leaves and crisp white flowers.

Umbrella trees (Schefflera actinophylla) have clusters of multiple glossy green leaves and are ideal for adding a vertical dimension into a plant display.

Kentia palms (Howea forsteriana) have graceful arching green fronds that create agentle rainforest feel.

Cast iron plants (Aspidistra elatior) are perfect for a low light corner of a room, with long and lush sword shaped leaves.

Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum) is a tough climbing plant that can be trained up a support or left to cascade, creating a massof greenery.

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