Colour craze

Colour craze

Delux Colour of the Year 2020 - Tranquil Dawn - has been described as capturing the mood of a fresh start to a new decade. It is a soft and neutral colour that allows a natural flow from indoor to outdoor living, playing into the hands of open plan living spaces. Think bi-folding doors and morning skies.

It allows you to operate at both ends of the colour spectrum- by maintaining a neutral blend throughout by combining with soft, neutral creams and greys or by throwing splashes of colour using soft furnishings. We’re talking bright orange throws and vibrant yellow cushions. And lest we forget the indoor plant madness that will not be stymied. Tranquil Dawn lends itself perfectly to the indoor forest world you are creating in your living room without feeling ‘too green’.

Meanwhile, Pantone Colour of the Year goes to an unexpected contender: Classic Blue. And it is just that: Classic. It’s dramatic, bold and seasonless, meaning that it will last the year (and longer). Classic Blue is a great accompaniment to those reflective gold and brass rims that we continue to see on various furnishings - from candle holders and picture frames to coffee tables and chair legs.

Soft pinks continue to be a favourite of ours. Muted, blushed tones add warmth to living spaces and bedrooms and combine well with soft grey and creams. Combined with curved, sculpted furniture (sofas and armchairs) you can achieve a statement mid-century modern feel to any room.

With such diversity in colour trends this year and beyond it is imperative to get your textures right. If you are after more neutral colours on your walls, think about adding corners of colour through your smaller soft furnishings like cushions and throws. These pockets of colour will focus the eye on areas of the room that you want to highlight. If, on the other hand you are keen on bolder colours on the walls, use use natural cotton weaves, off-white statement lampshades and reflective edges to brighten the area without contrasting and overwhelming your space.