19th September 2019

Interiors Addict 2020 Trend Forecast: Earthy & Subdued with Bright in Small Doses

2020 trend forecast: earthy and subdued colours with brights in small doses

By Jen Bishop, Interiors Addict

We’re already talking about 2020 trend forecasts at Interiors Addict and colour is always a great place to start the conversation.

As always, Dulux‘s latest detailed colour forecast is full of inspiration and the result of extensive trend research by their colour and communications manager Andrea Lucena-Orr and stylist Bree Leech. If there’s an overarching theme it’s nature and getting back to it. The palette draws on our desire to escape the digital onslaught and reconnect with the natural world – botanical, mineral and oceanic.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Cultivate palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Pencarrow (left), Te Aroha (right).

“These colour trends are influenced by what’s happening in the world around us,” says Andrea. “With more focus on mental health, the wellness movement continues to gain momentum, as does an emphasis on natural materiality.

“Colours for 2020 are more restrained than in previous years. Brights are pulled back and influenced by nature. They appear in smaller doses – think feature walls and details – and are often used tonally as a backdrop for hero furniture pieces. Neutrals are soft and sophisticated, with a gently faded feel that speaks of stillness and calm. Clay, with its warm, earthy appeal, is emerging as a key neutral.”

Dulux’s comeback palette features rich ocean and mineral inspired shades of blue-green, azure and amber alongside warm tones of burgundy, rust and clay.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Comeback palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Tort.

Grounded, the most neutral of the 2020 palettes, runs from soft grey and biscuit to muddy lavender with a touch of warm coral for opulence.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Grounded palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Waitangi, Dulux White Dune (right)

Image 1: Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Grounded palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Grey Reflection (left), Dulux Pancake mix (right).

Image 2: Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Grounded palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Waitangi.

Cultivate is a celebration of green with layering of different shades from soft olive and pistachio to forest green, offset by tones of plum, curd and chalky blue.

Image 1: Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Cultivate palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Hancock (left), Pencarrow (right).

Image 2: Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Cultivate palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Waitangi. Wall and ceiling in Dulux Herbal.

Lastly the Indulge palette, as the name suggests, brings together a rather decadent array of colours including rich burgundy, eggplant, earthy brown, faded terracotta and soft coral.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Indulge palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Henna Red.

 

Image 1: Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Indulge palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Deep Exquisite.

Image 2: Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Indulge palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Russet Tan.

“It’s dramatic and exciting and is guaranteed to add wow factor to a master bedroom, dining room or living room,” Andrea says. “Pink, a key colour of the last few years, makes an appearance, but in a more neutral tone that’s closer to tan, alongside a warm, dusty rose.”

Image 1: Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Indulge palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Deep Exquisite.

Image 2: Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 – Indulge palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Wall in Dulux Russet Tan.