The Colour of the Year is a selected hue forecasted by established colour experts, and slated to become a key influence in home interiors and furniture design in 2020. Professional colour standard provider Pantone, along with paint brands like Dulux and Nippon, are a few prominent names to release their own respective Colours of the Year, based on extensive research into modern lifestyles of consumers around the world.
There is a prevalence of cool colours, mostly greens, in the forecasted hues for the next 12 months. Associated with feelings of calm and tranquility, the cool colours are deliberately chosen to instill people with a quiet confidence as we venture forward into the new decade. The following are this year’s colours by Pantone, Dulux, Nippon and Gush, along with practical suggestions by some local interior designers on how to incorporate them into your home.
Gush, a local sustainable paint manufacturer, has named Twilight Lagoon as its colour for 2020. Yet another shade of green, Twilight Lagoon differentiates itself from the others with its duskier tone, the result from a blend of emerald and cobalt.
“Twilight Lagoon evokes the serenity of a still waterbody. This colour creates a calming effect, especially when used in bedrooms."
– Quck Zhong Yi, partner at Asolidplan
Known for setting the global standards of colour, Pantone’s colour for 2020 is Classic Blue, or Pantone 19-4052. Described as a “reflective blue tone, imbued with deep resonance,” the colour is said to aid in concentration. The familiar hue is meant to help create calming interiors and slow down the hectic pace of urban life.
“It is ideal for the living room and bedroom because of its elegant presentation. This darker shade of blue is a strong colour, so to make it feel less intimidating pair it with other neutral tones.”
– Dess Chew, principal designer at Three-D Conceptwerke
Dulux’s Colour of the Year was inspired by the colours of the dawn horizon, a green-blue-grey mix aptly named Tranquil Dawn. The versatile shade was conceived to offer homeowners with a subtle shade of green that can be easily worked into any home interior.
“Homeowners striving for a minimalist aesthetic can consider using this muted shade. Contrast it with furnishings of bolder tones, such as tan leather and black ash timber.”
– Joy Loo, creative director at Waff
Nippon Paint wants to invoke the freshness of nature at home with their colour, Jasper Green. Reflecting urban society’s increasing turn towards the natural world, the paint brand looks to soften concrete built environments with this soothing shade.
“This is suited for an energetic space like a home yoga space or reading room for the children. For a clean, fuss-free look, pair Jasper Green with all things white and lots of natural textures.”
– Lam Jun Nan, co-founder at Open Studio
Not one to shy away from using bright colours, Nikki Hunt, co-founder of ID firm Design Intervention offers tips on using these colours for a bold and striking effect.
People are often intimidated by bolder colours. How would you recommend using them at home?
People worry that strong colours will be too stimulatory, but deep moody shades actually evoke serenity. They also help to accentuate the details of the interiors, so use them to create a backdrop to showcase statement pieces like a large sofa or armchair.
For those who are more adventurous, how can they take these colour trends up a notch in their home?
Combining colours and patterns is the way to go to add depth and dimension to your design scheme. I love being adventurous with ceilings. A lovely soft blue, is much more interesting than a plain white one. I will often use a dark hue on a low ceiling, to give it height. This might sound contrary, but dark colours recede, so if you paint a ceiling alcove a darker shade it actually creates the illusion of