6 Top Paint Colour Trends For 2020

Author: Georgia Madden   Date Posted:24 September 2019 

If you're looking to refresh your home, these are the hottest colour palettes you need to know about, say the experts

 

There’s no quicker or easier way to breathe new life into your home than with a coat of paint. But choosing colours can be a tricky business – what’s fashionable, what will work best where and (most importantly) what are you still likely to love a year or more from now? We asked six industry experts to reveal their top paint-colour predictions for 2020 to help make the selection process a little easier.

 

by Dulux Paint

 

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Dulux images from the Grounded palette
Styling by Bree Leech
Photography by Lisa Cohen

1. Zen zone
With its gentle and appealing mix of soft green and putty tones, the Grounded palette is the one to watch in 2020, says Andrea Lucena-Orr, colour planning and communications manager at Dulux. “It’s a soothing neutral and natural palette with a sense of warmth that works beautifully with this season’s underlying brown base,” she says.

“It’s also an easy palette to use and would work in just about any space in the home.”

 

by Dulux Paint

 

Dulux Paint

Key colours: Dulux’s Pancake Mix (putty), Time Capsule (stony brown), Waitangi (pale olive), Ghost Town Quarter (pale grey) and Gold Pheasant (pink-coral).

Pair them with: Natural timber, rattan, matt-finish ceramics, bouclé-finish soft furnishings.

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by Dulux Paint

 

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Where to use them: The lighter colours from the Grounded palette are versatile enough to be used in any space in the home, inside or out.

Use accents of stronger brown (such as Dulux’s Knot) and coral to create a moody and sophisticated feel in a bedroom.

 

by Wattyl

 

Wattyl

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2. Spice trail
Expect to see deep, exotic hues making a statement in 2020, says Sarah Stephenson, senior brand communications manager at Wattyl. “Design will soften in 2020, with a focus on texture – think layering, quilting and padding,” she says. “Spicy colours such as plum and sunbaked pink, with accents of gold, will come to the fore, bringing a relaxed and nurturing feel to interior spaces.

 

by Wattyl

 

Wattyl

Key colours: Brick, sunbaked pink, plum and gold.

Pair them with: Textured soft furnishings (think quilted, layered or padded), natural, handwoven fabrics, ribbing, ceramics with raw or matt pigmented finishes.

 

by Wattyl

 

Wattyl

Where to use them: Layer brick and terracotta tones to add a cosy, casual vibe to living spaces. Accents of brass or plum introduce a touch of sumptuousness.

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by Taubmans

 

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Taubmans images from the
Protect palette

3. Retro futuristic
The current catwalk trend of blending vintage style with futuristic touches will seep into interiors in 2020, says Taubmans colour category manager, Rachel Lacy. “As a response to current geo-political and climate concerns, a protective and nurturing mood has emerged – not just for ourselves, but for the planet. The Protect palette is our interpretation of this trend for the built environment,” she says.

“In the Protect palette, layers of red- and orange-based hues create a luxurious feel. Soft touches of mineral pink and green bring balance and calm.”

 

by Taubmans

 

Taubmans

Key colours: Red, mineral pink and soft green.

Pair them with: Natural materials such as timber and rattan, curvy organic lines, bent-steel furniture, and black accents.

“The Protect palette calls for a considered approach to styling. Surfaces and materials are tactile and sophisticated, and combine to create a comforting feel,” says Lacy.

 

by Taubmans

 

Taubmans

Where to use them: The nature-based tones of this palette can be used throughout the home.

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Images by Porter’s Paints
Styling by Heather Nette King
Photography by Mike Baker

4. Moody hues
“Smoky, cool and muted grey-blues are hugely popular, but the biggest standout we expect to continue in 2020 is green,” says Melanie Stevenson, marketing manager at Porter’s Paints. “Complex, deep greens, black forest greens, decaden, blue-greens and vibrant olive tones are creating a lot of interest.

“French Wash paints are also having a resurgence. Not the tobacco-yellow washes of the ’80s – a French Wash finish is now being used to create sophisticated concrete-look walls, using subtle tones of grey to create a concrete effect,” she says.

 

Paint and Colour Trends 2020

 

Key colours: Moody greens such as Prussian Green and Anchorage, softer greens such as Duck Egg and Frozen, and deep teals such as Viridian and Coast.

Pair them with: Dark timbers, tactile linens and terrazzo.

 

Paint and Colour Trends 2020

 

Where to use them: Anywhere you like. These paints and colours create beautiful backdrops without being intrusively dominating, so they will work with any decorative style.

 

by Haymes Paint

 

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Haymes Paint images from the
Equilibrium palette

5. Zesty greens
It’s no surprise that green will continue to reign supreme in 2020 – but the coming year will see it take a fresh, zesty turn, according to Wendy Rennie, colour and concept manager at Haymes Paint. “This palette incorporates varying tones of soft green and contrasts it with a gentle and grounding putty tone. It’s soft, fresh and focused.

“These colours infuse a sense of calm and positivity into a space,” she says. “They are a great alternative to traditional neutrals and the [putty pink] is a new take on the Millennial Pink we’ve come to love.”

 

by Haymes Paint

 

Haymes Paint

Key colours: Fresh greens such as Haymes Paint’s Icy Morn, Leek Leaf and Pastel Pine, and a putty pink such as Haymes Paint’s Pale Cordovan.

Pair them with: Warm-grey tiles, natural timber, linen, and recycled pieces.

 

by Haymes Paint

 

Haymes Paint

Where to use them: Main living spaces, bedrooms and any interior space where you want to create a smooth transition between inside and out.

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by British Paints

 

British Paints

Images by British Paints

6. Warm neutrals
“Expect to see a shift towards warmer whites, greys and neutrals in 2020,” says Kelly Magee, a paint expert at British Paints. “Moving forward, the neutral palette will have an almost earthy tone to it.”

 

by British Paints

 

British Paints

Key neutrals: British Paints’ White Disclosure (warm white), Gentle Wind (stony white), Neutral Grey, Refined Stone and Set in Stone (warm, mid-tone greys).

Pair them with: Warm, mid-tone timber and tiles, and luxe brass, bronze and copper accents.

 

by British Paints

 

British Paints

Where to use them: These versatile neutrals work equally well inside or outside the home. Consider combining them with deep colours, such as British Paints’ Glazed Rub (deep red), Hot Jam (burnt orange), Exotic Terracotta or a rich brown such as Dark Master for a deeper, more dramatic look.

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