Your guide to 2020’s natural colour trend

To balance the buzz of modern life, 2020 design trends will reflect our desire to press ‘pause’ and reconnect with nature.

Informed by research into global trends, the Dulux Colour Forecast for 2020, ‘Essence’, is a collection that brings together gentle neutrals and muted brights, all drawn from the natural world.

The collection comprises four palettes: Comeback, Grounded, Cultivate and Indulge.

“These colour trends are influenced by what’s happening in the world around us,” says Davina Harper, Colour & Design Specialist at Dulux. “With more focus on mental health, the wellness movement continues to gain momentum, as does an emphasis on natural materiality.”

5 ways to incorporate natural tones

Feature walls and small details. Harper says colours for 2020 are more restrained than in previous years. “Brights are pulled back and influenced by nature. They appear in smaller doses – think feature walls and details – and are often used tonally as a backdrop for hero furniture pieces.”

Soft tones. “Neutrals are soft and sophisticated,” says Harper. Expect a gently faded feel that speaks of stillness and calm. “Clay – with its warm, earthy appeal – is emerging as a key neutral.”

Tranquil green. “Green – as featured in the Cultivate palette – creates a soothing and relaxing environment for us to come home to,” explains Bree Leech, Dulux Creative Director & Interior Stylist. “The great thing about this colour scheme is that it works in both traditional and contemporary homes, and pairs perfectly with both warm and cool whites.”

Bringing nature indoors. “Nature is no longer an afterthought in home design,” says Harper. “We’re increasingly seeking new and innovative ways to bring it inside, whether it’s growing our own food or creating lush displays of indoor plants.”

Raw wood, natural stone and coloured glass. “From olive and pistachio to a verdant forest green…the colours and textures in Cultivate look beautiful paired with raw, mid-tone timbers, natural stone, and transparent, coloured glass,” says Harper.



Toyota unveils its “city of the future”

An old car factory at the base of Mt Fuji is being transformed into a “city of the future.” Unveiled as the Toyota Woven City, the space is designed as a living laboratory and is set to begin construction in 2021.

Its creators say the city “aims to bring people and communities together in a future enabled by technology yet grounded in history and nature.”

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Utilising solar, geothermal and hydrogen fuel energy, the Woven City strives towards a carbon-neutral society.

Architects and designers have created a network of streets with varying speeds of mobility for pedestrian-friendly connections.

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Its designers say they aim to combine traditional Japanese craftsmanship with advanced, sustainable technology. “Japan’s construction heritage lives on, while building sustainable and efficiently into the future.”

With a mix of residential, retail and business spaces, the Woven City hopes to create a vibrant, thriving space for all its inhabitants.

Cutting-edge artificial intelligence will be incorporated throughout every corner of the city, with in-home robotics that can perform automatic grocery deliveries, laundry pick-ups and trash disposal.

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group