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Colour Lookbook: 4 interior design trends to try in 2020

There’s no better time to refresh your home than the start of a new year – or even better, at the start of a new decade!


As we embark on 2020, we’re looking at the paint trends that will be inspiring your decorating projects for the year ahead. No matter the room you plan on revamping, your living room, bathroom or kitchen, there’s a colour scheme to suit you.

So, if you’re looking to make a change this year, try one of these interior design trends of 2020.

1) Tranquil Dawn: give your home the ‘human touch’

The New Year brings with it a fresh start, one that’s full of positivity and possibilities. And our Colour of the Year 2020 perfectly reflects this.

Inspired by the morning sky, Tranquil Dawn – and its four complementary colour palettes: Care, Play, Meaning, Creativity – offers a sense of calm and clarity, whilst stimulating and energising your everyday.

Tranquil Dawn is a delicate, fluid combination of soft green, grey and blue that will give your home the ‘the human touch’. Whether you’re creating a space to enjoy good food, gain restful sleep or connect with friends and family – this colour will help you create an environment to tick off all your plans and achieve your goals in 2020.

2) Pantone 2020: try the perfect colour pairing

Pantone have also announced their own Colour of the Year 2020: Classic Blue. In contrast to Tranquil Dawn, this blue paint is inspired by the sky at dusk. Yet, still aims to instil calm, confidence, and connection over the coming year. When paired together, these paint colour trends of 2020, will create the perfect balance from dawn till dusk. To see how this pairing would work on your walls, we suggest matching Tranquil Dawn with Sapphire SaluteIndigo Shade or Woad Walk.

3) Monochrome neutral: embrace warm, earthy tones

Strip things back in 2020 with neutral paint colours. This trend is all about layering and painting your woodwork, walls, skirting boards and doors in similar shades to create a restful and harmonious colour scheme.

Why not try combining two of our neutral shades, Rope Swing and Timeless? Or make the most of the tone-on-tone trend by matching your colours with monochrome neutral furnishings and accessories. For a neutral living room colour scheme, you could combine Soft Stone with a grey sofa and pastel accessories.

Take a look at the DFS So Simple range, which now comes in Tranquil Dawn!

4) Painted ceilings: aim high in 2020

Last year, painted ceilings began climb to the top of homeowners’ and decorators’ to-do lists. And the trend doesn’t appear to be going anywhere! Painting your fifth wall adds another dimension to a room. We suggest choosing pastel décor or peach room décor, similar to the monochrome neutral trend. Soft, soothing ceiling paint like Pressed Petal or Summer Pecan will help to create a relaxing, yet stylish space for you in the New Year.

If you’re looking for more painted ceiling ideas or how you can use Tranquil Dawn in your home, why not explore these inspiration and tips from our experts:

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