Lifestyle - 24 Feb, 2020

2020 Paint Colour Trends to make a splash

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It’s the new year, and there’s no better way to kickstart it than to give your walls a fresh splash of colour.

Colour can be a powerful tool that can be used to define the atmosphere and emotion within your space. If you haven’t changed up the colours in your home for the past decade, it’s likely that your home is looking a little dreary and outdated.

Giving your walls a refresh can enliven the space and create the energy you need to keep you in good spirits for the rest of the year.


The 2020 Dulux Colour Forecast has been created to embody this through its palettes of warm neutrals, tonal greens, rich oranges and bold blues.

According to Andrea Lucena-Orr, the Colour and Communications Manager at Dulux, this year’s overall theme of ‘essence’ is inspired by “moments of calm and empowerment, as well as optimism and luxury.”

If you want to channel ‘essence’ within your home, these are the colour schemes that you should be keeping in mind this year.

The Grounded Pallette

Less is more, and this saying still applies when it comes to interior design. Featuring whites, caramels, blush and terracotta colours, the grounded palette is minimalistic yet still effective in creating a beautiful and warm space.

When styling your room, incorporate accent colours and different textures through your choice of décor, which will create a contrast with the neutral wall colours.  Think about also using raw materials within the room such as clay pots and golden accents, as they will go nicely with the muted colours of the grounded pallette. 

The Comeback Pallette

Classic blue was announced as the 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year, and so it comes at no surprise that this electric blue colour is at the core of the comeback pallette. The blue is eclectic and eye-catching. The palette contrasts the blue with warm mustard colours such as Red Ochre and rich reds such as Misty Grape.

This theme is all about using clean bold colours in tandem with vintage and antique pieces. So if retro is more your style, then the bauhaus colours and nostalgic feel of the comeback palette will be the perfect colour scheme for you.

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The Cultivate Pallette

For those of you who are nature-lovers, the cultivate palette will speak to you.  It’s inspired by elements of the natural world and features chalky subdued blues, forest greens and earthy hues. These colours are ideal for spaces of relaxation such as the bathroom or the living room, as they will create a soothing and tranquil atmosphere.

Compliment these colours with botanical elements such as houseplants and wooden furniture. Consider incorporating recycled plastics and coloured glass into the room to not only add to the theme of sustainability but also enhance the light feel of the room. 

The Indulge Pallette

If you prefer a more cosy space, then consider the rich colours of the indulge pallette. The darkness of the reds, browns, oranges and burgundies will create the warmth and comfort desired within your space. A dramatic, romantic and intimate feel is the essence of this theme. 

To enhance the warmth of the colours, opt for velvet and plush furniture. This colour scheme will pair nicely with accents that are jewelled colours such as dark purples and ruby reds, as it will also add depth and opulence to the space.   

Whether you want to use neutrals for a more subtle change or you want to use bold colours to make a statement, these colours will be guaranteed to give your home the transformation it needs this year.

Words by Vidya Kathirgamalingam

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