Dulux colour of the year 2020 – Tranquil Dawn™

It feels like only yesterday that Dulux announced its 2019 color of the year, Spiced Honey, but here we are again looking at what color trends lay ahead for the next year and Dulux has gone with Tranquil Dawn™.

There were a lot of murmurs around the interior industry that they would go for a green hue and they weren’t wrong!

 Dulux Colour of the Year 2020 - Tranquil Dawn
Dulux Colour of the Year 2020 – Tranquil Dawn

Dulux Colour of the Year 2020 – Tranquil Dawn

As we approach a new decade (wow! So long the twenty-tens, tens, the tensies, or whatever you want to call it!) a panel of experts decided to go with this soft green shade to reflect on the nation’s mood at a time when we are feeling disconnected from one another as we spend more and more time online.

I have always been a huge fan of green, preferring the darker shades of forest green and emerald (I wrote about my love for dark green in this blog post), so I was interested to see how this lighter shade could be incorporated into our homes. 

Tranquil Dawn sitting comfortably alongside some very calming colors
It can be used in every room in the house, but I automatically thought of the Bathroom!

Tranquil Dawn™ was selected by an expert panel of color designers, trend forecasters, design specialists, architects, and editors from around the world. As we are becoming more aware of the impact humans have on the planet, Tranquil Dawn™ was chosen for its calming and comforting qualities which we are increasingly needing in society in these times of uncertainty.

Green is always on people’s minds, with our growing concern about the planet and more and more people turning to sustainability and Veganism.

Kitchen units in Tranquil Dawn

Dulux has created four different color palettes using Tranquil Dawn™ to represent the changing sunrises that paint the sky through the seasons.

As the Dulux Creative Director, Marianne Shillingford explains, “Meaning, Creativity, Care and Play capture our growing desire to experience ‘The Human Touch’ at a time when we are questioning what being human is all about”.

The Meaning Palette – A Home for Meaning

This palette is inspired by a cold winter’s dawn and its minimalist feel gives a sense of calm and contemplation. The cool colors can easily offset the darker tones in any room.

The Meaning Palette
A cozy and calming spot using the meaning palette.

The Creativity Palette – A Home for Creativity

This palette has warm maroon and tobacco hues which are inspired by a warm autumnal day and provides a space for self-expression and storytelling. This is probably my favorite palette with its rich jewel tones and perfectly matched burgundies and greens.

The Care Palette – A Home for Care

With its earthy neutrals, pinks, and muted greens, this is inspired by a hazy spring horizon helping us to relax and find peace.

The tones are very muted and are perfect for the bedroom or bathroom where you want a bit of calm and tranquillity.

A kids bedroom with serene and calming neutral colours

The Play Palette – A Home for Play

The horizon of a hot summer morning provides the motivation for this palette with its reds, baby blues, cream, and pale greens.

This color palette could be used in a nursery or playroom, or if you’re feeling really brave, use it in your living room to bring a smile to your face when you walk in the room.

A very colorful living room with Tranquil Dawn as the main color.

How has the design and homeware industry responded to this color of the year? I think Tranquil Dawn™ is a hugely versatile color and can sit easily in any room or design scheme. It doesn’t have to be used on walls alone.

With it being such a neutral color, it can be used as an alternative to white on woodwork and doors and using accessories with the same color hue, can bring a room together beautifully.

Tranquil Dawn Inspiration Board – see below for links to products

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Will you be using Tranquil Dawn™ in your home and what color palette do you think you would go for? The neutral vibe of this color makes it very easy to use in any room and as colors come and go, I think it will be in our homes for years to come. 

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