It is always with anticipation that the interior design community waits for the announcement of Dulux’s Colour of the Year.
It often signifies the colours and palettes that we’ll be seeing more of in our homes in the upcoming year, with a panel of experts from around the world choosing a single shade to embody the nation’s mood on the approach of a new decade.
This year’s selection, Tranquil Dawn – a soft sage green – was chosen to reflect “a growing desire to understand what it is to be human when advances in technology are making us feel increasingly disconnected from each other.”
Heleen van Gent, head of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Centre, explains: “At the start of this new decade, the panel identified that the world has a growing desire to understand what makes us human… We need a fresh purpose, to be the architects of our own future, and we are asking searching questions of both ourselves and society.”
“A new decade heralds a new dawn, and the hazy pale green tones of Tranquil Dawn are calming and comforting just when we need it most in our lives” says Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux UK.
Introducing Tranquil Dawn
Happily, Tranquil Dawn creates a calming influence in our home and is incredibly easy to live with. Paired with a neutral pallet, it creates a laid-back look, but combined with rich jewel tones or deeper shades, it sets the stage for an empowering setting.
Dulux also provides inspiration to assist you in incorporating Tranquil Dawn into your home, with the creation of complimentary colour palettes that work beautifully alongside the Colour of the Year.
Each of these versatile palettes evokes a different feeling and mood for your home, simply by the colours Tranquil Dawn is surrounded by.
The Meaning Palette is inspired by a cold winter’s dawn. Icy green, warm cream and charcoal hues combine to provide a feeling of calm and contemplation. Embrace the darker hues of this palette for a moody and relaxing bedroom space or snug, or to soften the look of a minimalist dining room.
The Creativity Palette is inspired by a warm autumnal day with sumptuous maroon and tobacco hues paired with pale and moss green, the perfect palette for self-expression and storytelling. Ideal for a home office or a family room, bring in sumptuous fabrics and gold metallic finishes for the perfect spot to enjoy together as a family or get lost in your own hobbies.
The Care Palette incorporates a blend of earthy neutrals, muted greens, dusty pinks and smattering of pale blue, which are inspired by a hazy spring morning and evoking a feeling of deep relaxation and peace. Use this palette for bedrooms as a peaceful sanctuary away from the chaos of the day, or for a spa-inspired bathroom. Complete this laidback look with lush indoor plants and hand-thrown pottery pieces.
And finally, the Play Palette is inspired by the horizon of a hot summer morning and featuring vivid reds contrasted with baby blue, cream and pale green. Consider choosing this palette for a fun guest bedroom alongside white painted furniture, warm wood finishes and natural textiles.
Image credits: Ligne Roset / Cult Furniture / Shimu / Swoon / Dulux