Before & After: Drab living area now an indoor sanctuary

A drab living area has been transformed into a lush, inviting space with the 2017 Dulux Colour of the Year, Steel Symphony 2.

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With its nondescript white walls, dark furniture and worn finishes, this living room was in need of a drastic makeover. As a space where the Peters family of Bellville loves to gather, especially when a roaring fire is lit in mid-winter, the room was just too poky.

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The natural tone of Steel Symphony 2 – Dulux Colour of the Year for 2017 – painted on the brickwork surrounding the fireplace provided the perfect starting point for a revamp. The family wanted to create a welcoming and tranquil environment in their home, and design a space where technology doesn’t take centre stage. Before, the focal point in the room was a large flat-screen TV on a stand next to the fireplace. But now this corner of the lounge has been transformed into an indoor sanctuary with the introduction of soft, inviting colours inspired by the Dulux Colour Futures trend of New Romanticism exploring the Magic of Life. The palette perfectly complements the new botanical décor elements, natural wicker chairs and jute carpet – bang on trend!

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The brickwork around the fireplace was painted with Dulux PearlGlo™ Water-Based paint and the walls surrounding it showcase three complementary colours. Dulux Rich Matt was the perfect choice for the walls as it provides an ultra matt finish. The wooden mantelpiece was sanded and varnished. The end result is a stylish spot where the family can reconnect – and feel at home.

  • Wood sealed with Woodgard Timbavarnish Clear
  • Brickwork around the fireplace was painted with Dulux PearlGlo™ in Steel Symphony 2
  • Repurpose! Botanical prints from an old book have been framed to create a simple but striking effect.


Need more inspiration?
This colour scheme is inspired by the Dulux Colour Futures trend New Romanticism; find the latest Colour Futures trend brochure in store.

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Natural elements such as cane chairs, wicker baskets and other wooden items underscore the philosophy of sustainability and responsibility for the environment, a global trend supported by Dulux.

Did you know? If you’re unsure of how the colours from the Dulux range will work in your own home, download the Dulux Visualizer App in any of the app stores and virtually create the look before you buy your paint.


By Carissa Govender • Photographs Inge Prins • Styling Shelly Bergh • Colour references are as accurate as printing will allow. Please refer to the in-store stripe cards/standard cards or on-shelf colour displays for an accurate representation of the colour. 
Chairs from Malawi Cane; clock, table, soup bowl, plate, wire and cane basket, magazine rack and bamboo bowl all from @home; plants, cement vase with heart, rectangle plant box, frames, glass vases, copper lantern, white cushion and wooden bowl all from Woolworths; tropical cushion from Loads of Living; pouffe, white vase and plant pots all from MRP Home; rug and basket from Builders.

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