Design Trend – Dulux Colour Forecast 2020

  • 4 minutes
  • 20 September 2019

Do you prefer the lightness of neutral tones, or the lush depths of tropical greens? Discover the palette that speaks to your soul as we deep-dive into the Dulux Colour Forecast 2020.

Finding our Essence

Centre yourself, breathe and reconnect.

In this year’s Dulux Colour Forecast, there is an element of self care; rejuvenation, authenticity, nurturing spaces and slow living.

There is also an element of flair; creativity, passion and romance.

But overall, there are elements of our original elements; earth, air, water, organics and fire. To find ourselves, our Essence, we must go back to the source. We must go back to nature.


Build yourself a simple, beautiful life.

Less is more with this palette. Grounded inspires us to move toward light and consciousness; neutrals with raw beauty;  simplicity with texture. However, simplicity doesn’t mean unethical convenience; material longevity and sustainability are back in.

Natural essence: Expansive plains, rich soils, revitalising breezes.

Styling tips: Make use of accent colours and textures to bring life to this soft palette. Raw and organic materials are key; bring soul and personality in through craftsmanship and vintage items.

Interior design influence: Organic Modernism, Scandinavian, Hygge, Coastal, Shabby Chic, Rustic, Farmhouse.

Comeback Palette - Exploring the Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 | ModularWalls


Colours to blend contemporary design with elegant vintage style. 

Comeback gives us permission to embrace creativity and self expression from safe, familiar spaces. Lighter tones support calm and stability, holding space for striking moments of individuality.

Deeper shades offer robust layers and striking backdrops, whilst contrasting accent colours create outburst of flair and bold experimentation.

Natural essence: Wide open skies, deep oceanic landscapes.

Styling tips: Lighter shades will make a room feel larger; use vibrant shades for focal points, dramatic backdrops or to divide living zones.

Interior design influence: Contemporary, Post Modernism, Retro, Pop Art, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Arts & Crafts, Eclectic.

Cultivate Palette - Exploring the Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 | ModularWalls


A tonal green palette to nurture and regenerate.

In Cultivate, we slow right down and dive deep into the restorative power of the lush organic world. Studies have shown that being surrounding by plants can reduce stress and boost mental and emotional well being; this palette aims to harness these qualities and help create the urban jungle that our reptilian brains crave.

The spaces we create with these tones are those of rejuvenation, growth and slow living; a powerful antidote to the break-neck speed of the daily grind.

Natural essence: Deep jungle oasis, tranquil rainforest lagoons.

Styling tips: Stone, wood and glass harmonise beautifully with this palette; and, of course, natural elements such as indoor plants, water features and harnessing natural light through windows, skylights and mirrors.

Interior design influence: Japanese Minimalism, Botanical, Mid Century Modern.

Indulge Palette - Exploring the Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 | ModularWalls


Cocoon yourself in this immersive and opulent palette.

See life through permanent rose-coloured glasses and escape your high-stress life; Indulge exudes decadence, romance and luxury. The layers of rich reds and earthy browns create emotive spaces; the ultimate escape from an anonymous, disconnected modern life.

This palette is not for the faint of heart, but rather, an invitation to ignite the senses and reconnect with your soul’s deepest desires.

Natural essence: Vivid sunsets, smouldering fires.

Styling tips: Pair with rounded forms and luxurious fabrics, with accents of fringing and velvet. Lighter shades offer a whimsical gaiety, whilst deeper palettes bring forth sophistication and intensity.

Interior design influence: Art Deco, Traditional, Moroccan, Bohemian.

How to use the Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 in your home

Before you go buying litres of paint and assigning each room a brand new palette, consider the undertaking that a complete repaint requires. These forecasts are indeed an incredible tool to re-imagine spaces that need a transformation; however, this is no reason to up-heave your entire interior design scheme.

Find spaces where the palettes might organically fit into; instead of repainting an entire room, paint a feature wall! Instead of completely refurnishing, update some decor. Not only will it save you a lot of time and money, but it will allow you the creative freedom to keep changing with the trends!