Whether it’s a bold accent wall or an unexpected painted ceiling, you can transform almost any room in your home with the simple addition of colour. So, as we welcome the new year, why not embrace the trending colours of 2020 and take the opportunity to give your home a new look for the new decade.
Finding the right colour for your home can be tricky, so we have assembled the key colours for the year as recommended by colour experts and top designers. Look out for rustic, earthy tones as Burnt Orange and Clay take centre stage, or try out the bloggers favourite Neo Mint for a pop of crisp, bright colour. Neutral tastes are catered for with Champagne, a chic tone perfect for pairing with metallics and if you’re a Pantone fanatic, then their 2020 winner Classic Blue could be for you. The traditional choice was described by the colour company as “a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection”.
According to trend forecasters WGSN, neo mint will be the colour of spring/summer 2020. Colours that speak to the future are one of this year’s hot trends, and Neo Mint embodies a forward-thinking mood and an almost utopian optimism. The clean, pure tone sounds pretty appealing if you want to create a fresh, optimistic mood in your home, and Pinterest is awash with neo-mint home inspiration so be sure to bookmark the term to keep on top of one of the hottest colour trends of the year.
Inspired by the morning sky, this was the winner of Dulux’s Colour of the Year. The grey-based washed green hue is said to reflect the ‘nation’s mood on the approach of a new decade’. The soft, fluid shade is said to provide calm and clarity and works well used to decorate an entire room, or paired with one of 2020’s other champions Blush.
Maybe you still can’t stand the thought of it after New Year’s Eve, but it turns out that champagne is one of the hot colours for this year! Although it falls in the beige bracket (along with tan, taupe, nude and stone) Champagne is anything but boring. Straddling the recent trends of grey and beige, champagne offers the best of both worlds – providing a neutral base but with a little added sparkle. The warmer sandy undertones you find in this shade set a relaxed tone of understated elegance, and create the perfect playground for you to introduce bold textures and materials to add interest to your room. Plus, it was one of the hot shades at Milan Design Week last year.
A Sea of Blue
Pantone chose the inoffensive Classic Blue (above) as their Colour of 2020. The announcement received a mixed response, some slating the company for playing it safe with one of the Western world’s favourite colours, and others applauding the choice which is already trending across fashion, textiles and interior design.
The American paint conglomerate PPG also recognised a blue shade as their colour of 2020. A blend of cobalt blue and ink, Chinese Porcelain has a classier tone and would work splendidly as an accent wall. Navy blue is also a trending tone, and got a nod from American paint company Sherwin-Williams as their colour of the year. Their shade Naval is reminiscent of the dark night sky and would evoke a feeling of sophistication and class in any room.
Ever since ‘millennial pink’ started dominating Pinterest in 2016 the colour has become an interior phenomenon. Blush will keep the pink fans happy this year due to its versatility. Mixing nicely with neutral tones such as Tranquil Dawn as well as warmer jewel tones, it brings a contemporary chic feel to any room. First Light won paint company Benjamin Moore’s gong for colour of 2020, offering a refreshing alternative to white or beige. We think it works fabulously in kitchens and does a good job of giving smaller rooms the illusion of space and light.
Rust shades have always been popular in Mediterranean designs, and now they are set to dominate the interiors world – so long as they are used in moderation. Introducing this bold shade on your front door or in a guest bathroom is less confronting than going all out in your dining room. Consider adding burnt orange accessories into your home for a feeling of warmth. Velvet cushions or long luscious curtains can work beautifully in this smoky shade of copper-red.
Warm putty paint colours will be everywhere this year. Tones inspired by earthenware and aged plaster speak to the desert tones trend that emerged in 2019. These organic colours warm up living rooms and cosy spaces, but also work surprisingly well in bathrooms, particularly in two-tone light and dark combinations. Accessorizing with brass finishes will bring even more life and warmth to the room.
If you’re excited to update your home this year, then a colour wheel can help show you how various shades complement each other. It’s also a great idea to start with test pots before committing to a major repaint.
Whether you’re inspired by the elegant neutrals or rich, moody hues there is plenty of choice across 2020’s colour trends.