Applying a new lick of paint to your walls is an excellent way to give your interiors a fresh-faced makeover. But which colour sample pots should you be buying, and what are the biggest paint trends for 2020?
Green is set to be the most popular colour overall for 2020. The hue embodies the increasing interest in connecting with nature in a technology-focused world.
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The Dulux Colour of the Year 2020, called Tranquil Dawn, highlights the popularity of the hue. ‘A new decade heralds a new dawn and the hazy pale green tones of Tranquil Dawn are calming and comforting just when we need it most in our lives,’ says Marianne Shillingford, creative director, Dulux UK. ‘When paired with neutral pastels and rich jewels it becomes incredibly powerful at creating spaces that encourage making better human connections.’
Over at Benjamin Moore, the Colour of the Year 2020, called First Light, is a soothing soft-pink shade – another top hue that will be seen in interiors across the country.
The top paint trends 2020
We’ve teamed up with a host of colour experts to bring you the most exciting paint trends in the year ahead. Brushes at the ready…
1. GO GREEN
The Dulux Colour of the Year 2020 is called Tranquil Dawn, and the soft-green hue is set to embody the nation’s mood on the approach of a new decade. Expert tastemakers, colour designers, and trend forecasters selected the colour as it reflects a growing desire to understand what it is to be human at a time when advances in technology are making us feel increasingly disconnected from each other.
Helen Shaw, Director of Benjamin Moore UK, agrees that green is THE colour in paint trends 2020, saying: ‘Green is a colour created organically within nature, it’s a colour that connects us to the environment, which many find soothing.
‘This is a shade that works especially well in an urban, technology heavy home to create an earthiness and counteract the feeling of the ‘artificial’.
And Ruth Mottershead, of Little Greene, says: ‘Green continues to be really popular and we see this trend projecting into the coming year. Green and pink is a natural colour pairing that is on trend within the interiors industry. More muted tones such as ‘Sir Lutyens’ Sage’ and ‘Blush’ combine perfectly for a scheme that both soothes and inspires.’
2. THINK (SOFT) PINK
The design experts at Benjamin Moore chose a beautiful dusky pink as the brand’s Colour of the Year 2020.
‘We selected First Light 2102-70 as our Colour of the Year 2020 to represent a new dawn of idealism, design and living,’ says Helen Shaw, director of Benjamin Moore UK. ‘First Light 2102-70 reflects a new definition of the home – a shift in mind set from the material to satisfying the core needs in life: community, comfort, security, self-expression, authenticity and ultimately, optimism.
‘Over the last few seasons, we have gradually seen neutrals with pink and red undertones taking over from our traditionally cooler grey neutrals and the selection of First Light as our Colour of the Year takes this evolving trend a step further.
‘It’s a soft and dusky rose tone that flatters any space and reflects the desire to use blush tones in grown-up spaces and a desire to introduce more colour overall into our environment.’
3. NATURE AND NURTURE
An extension of the green colours sweeping in, connecting to nature will be a huge in paint trends for 2020. The paint palette reflects the colours of the forest, ranging from midnight oaks to vivid birch. It’s about evoking the therapeutic powers of nature, restorative health, wellbeing and self-nurture.
The colours are seen as a remedy for the modern condition, with increasing urbanity and a ubiquitous digital presence, we need our homes to be a space of solace.
Kathryn Lloyd, Crown colour specialist. says: ‘Originating from the Japanese philosophy of Shinrin-yoku, this trend is all about wellbeing through sensory immersion. Translated as Forest Bathing, shades of green dominate the palette whilst styling is heavily influenced by Japanese design. Low level furniture and an uncomplicated décor further convey a sense of calm.’
‘Drawing from nature, the colour palette is heavy in greens,’ says Justyna Korczynska, from the Crown design studio. ‘Never boring, though, with shades ranging from soft mint, through earthy tones of khaki green and mustard yellow, and ending on a deep jade green of Botanical Noir (top) for a statement wall.’
4. SUSTAINABLY STYLISH
Forward-thinking and sustainable is how paint trends 2020 are set to be. Jemma Saunders, Crown colour specialist says: ‘Sustainability is key for 2020, and the trend’s colour palette has its roots in composite materials made from recycled waste. It brings interesting colour combinations to the palette with washed, recycled tones at its centre. Soft mint is undeniably a hero colour here. We paired it with glass bottle green and soft pink for a striking look.’
Justyna Korczynska, from the Crown design studio says: ‘Green is a prominent colour this year and we are showcasing two of them, one vibrant and intense, and one less demanding that sits quietly on the walls. Pops of pink and red accessories contrast and bring the trend to life. A fresh and energetic palette.’
5. ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
Inspired by Lee Krasner, the female artist and wife of Jackson Pollock who became a pioneer in abstract expressionism, this trend is all about breaking preconceived rules, non-conformity and creativity.
Jemma Saunders, Crown colour specialist, says: ‘Reject traditions and restrictions within the interior space and create new boundaries and divisions with an exciting use of colour blocking.’
Use a dynamic colour palette and pair bold colours like cobalt blue and vibrant teal with soft mint, pale blue and delicate pink for creative colour combinations.
“This trend is all about self-expression through grown up colour,’ says Kathryn Lloyd, Crown colour specialist. ‘Energetic and full of life, it breaks away from tradition with architecture emphasised in contrasting colours. Conveyed through a palette of upbeat but sophisticated colours, cool shades dominate whilst complementary hues are shown in the furnishings and furniture and add vitality.’
The nostalgia trend is growing for 2020, with brands delving into archived products and vintage styles to create a new twist on a traditional style.
“The rich, regal hues favoured by the Tudor monarchs of the renaissance era have surged in popularity in recent month, including shades such as royal blue, ruby red and emerald green,’ says Benjamin Moore’s Helen Shaw.
‘This style statement has also been taken a step further by fashion forward consumers, being combined with a lustrous, high gloss finish to create a look that oozes luxury and opulence.
‘Those working with a space with existing period features, such as high ceilings and panelled walls, can paint these colours from floor to ceiling, to imitate the staple ‘more is more’ ethos of the Tudor era. Or, those with a space of any size can illustrate the desired imperial effect by accessorising with embellished, metallic decorative pieces and velvet cushions, throws and furnishings.’
The Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 has been named as Classic Blue, a regal hue that feeds into the comforting nostalgia trend.
Joa Studholme, Farrow & Ball’s colour curator, says deep greens that have an air of nostalgia are perfect for replacing those charcoals we’ve all been using. She says: ‘Duck Green is strong and subdued, but achingly fashionable.
‘While having an air of nostalgia, it is the perfect contemporary alternative to charcoal in modern homes and is ideal to create space in which to curl up at the end of the day. Incredibly chic by day, and cosy by night, it brings a grounded but luxurious atmosphere to any room.’
7. ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN
Look to the beauty of the outdoors for inner beauty inspiration. Graham & Brown‘s Colour of the Year 2020, Adeline, is a directional shade of rich bottle-green that borrows the first name of Adeline Virginia Woolf, the pioneering author and founding member of the Bloomsbury Group.
The statement hue channels lively country gardens and whimsical interiors favoured by the group. An oxygenating fresh tone, Adeline balances the ever-increasing amount of technology making its way into the home, echoing a wider interiors trend that looks to biophilic design to inspire healthier, happier homes. It seems green really is the dream for paint trends 2020.
8. ALL WHITE NOW
‘We’ll be seeing plenty of neutrals and whites in paint trends for 2020, and for good reason – an all-white interior creates the illusion of a room being lighter, brighter and larger,’ says Annie Sloan, colour and paint expert. ‘As useful as it is, white is not an emotional colour, so you’ll need layers of texture and tones to bring depth and comfort. Use nuanced shades, from cool to warm, for a softer, more flattering look than a single, pure white.’
9. CLAY TIME
Inspired by artisan craft and slow living, interiors are embracing the understated beauty of imperfect, timeworn pieces and warm, calming shades.
Judy Smith, Crown colour consultant, says: ‘Warm tones of clay and terracotta make a palette that is purely natural. Paired with darker accents they create a scheme that champions imperfection and celebrates the handmade. The look is relaxed, simple, fluid colours working in harmony, mixing and blending into each other.’
Aim for an unrefined and rustic aesthetic to nail this trend, which is comforting and enveloping. Simple and versatile, the earthy palette works in any space, whether it’s a rustic kitchen or contemporary bedroom, and is particularly effective when combined with an ombre or sponge technique.
Organic materials, including rattan, bamboo and linen, paired with artisanal elements, like pottery, enhance the serene, pared-back feel of the colours and instantly create an inviting space to rest and regenerate.
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