Every year, Dulux colour specialists work with design experts from all over the world to get a clear understanding of the upcoming global colour trends that will shape our lives in the near future. We use these insights to identify a new Colour of the Year and create a collection of complementary colours around it.
In an increasingly hectic and digital world, there is a desire to be more caring and a search for meaning. This year’s colour, Tranquil Dawn, has an air of calm and clarity that perfectly reflects this mood.
It’s a beautifully versatile shade with an effect that changes depending on the colour scheme it’s used with. We’ve created four stunning palettes around Tranquil Dawn, with a mood to suit everyone. Take a look at this guide to using Tranquil Dawn in your home and decide which colour palette reflects your style best.
A Home for Care: A light and airy kitchen colour palette
In this kitchen, the combination of calming paint colours in soft neutrals and pale pastels create a relaxed and welcoming space. Complementary shades like Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn, soft cream and our Colour of the Year 2019, Spiced Honey, work together to create a pleasing and coherent colour scheme. Complete this laidback look with lush indoor plants and hand-thrown pottery pieces.
A Home for Play: An energising kid’s room with a vibrant colour palette
In this upbeat loft bedroom, a bold and playful colour scheme is achieved by combining a sunny yellow on one wall, which is alternately striped with soft grey on the adjoining wall, to create an offbeat graphic effect. The Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn, is used in this green colour palette in a chunky border that gives definition to the window area. White-painted furniture, warm woods and unfussy natural textiles complete the look.
A Home for Meaning: A pared-back bedroom in complementary colours for low-key luxury
In this moodily beautiful bedroom, everything has been edited back to the simple essentials using soothing paint colours. The walls and ceiling are painted in an awe-inspiring dark grey while the window recess is lit up by Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn. The elegant light grey used on the door creates a truly timeless colour scheme. Minimalist furniture, tactile throws and laidback linens finish this simple and serene style.
A Home for Creativity: A living room colour scheme for the curious and creative
In this warm colour scheme, rich and intense tones like burgundy and forest green are diffused by paler shades like Tranquil Dawn, the Colour of the Year 2020 – used on adjoining walls and window alcoves – which here takes on a gentle calming quality. The perfect colours for creative thinking, pair with sumptuous velvets, floral prints and quirky vintage pieces to help create a space that is atmospheric and cosy.
Looking for some more living room ideas? Take a look at these ideas.