Interior Design

The future of color: The most coveted colors

As we start a new decade, it’s time to think about the shades of the future

Colours for 2020
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Sunshine yellow, blush pink and forest green are the forecasted colour trends for the next decade.

Colors for 2020

Incorporate these beautiful hues into your living space in an array of textures and styles to create a dynamic and 2020-worthy space.

1. Forest green

Colour trends

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Lush and verdant greens are everywhere, from deep forest hues to subtle sage shades. Blend curtain and blind fabrics into your wall colours for a stylish and cohesive scheme. Bring in tan leather and rustic but smart oak wood for an earthy warmth. Then make it modern with accents of blush pink and chartreuse in linen fabrics or ceramic materials.

'Green is really versatile and the breadth in shade and tone is huge,' explains says Megan Holloway, Marketing Manager at Sofa Workshop. 'We're seeing a real moment in maximalism and layering – in essence if you're building up a scheme of fabrics and shapes that you really love it will always work. You shouldn't be afraid to pair greens along the colour spectrum. The combination of tonal greens, for example, a lighter, grassy green velvet with deep, forest green walls looks elegant and fun. You can achieve really impactful look with these simple colour pairings.'

colours for 2020

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2. Sunshine yellow

Colour for 2020

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'Yellow is the colour that best represents hope, optimism and joy. It's the universal symbol of sunshine and warmth. All of these characteristics make it a symbolic representation of what we are looking for – a renewed hope for the future and the energy to engage in a purposeful way. Plus, it is guaranteed to turn heads,' says Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute (opens in new tab).

'Yellow is mellow and uplifting all at the same time,' says David Harris, Design Director at Andrew Martin. 'It transports us back to long lazy sun drenched days in the Mediterranean and it can brighten us up on the darkest of winter days. It works brilliantly with blues, teals, greens and reds, and for real crisp freshness use with white.'

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3. Blush pink

Colours for 2020

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From pale and neutral to hot, Miami hues, everyone from London restaurant Sketch and Skye Gyngell's Spring are using Audrey Hepburn's favourite colour.

'Soft smoky pink transports you to far flung climates, and conjures up the feeling of warm and dusty days abroad. A colour which is bang on trend for interiors. It’s calm, relaxing and comforting, helping us to escape from the stress of daily life and blends into the background with ease,' says David Harris, Design Director at Andrew Martin.

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.