Dulux Australia has recently revealed their take on 2020 colors under the, again, wonderful art direction of Bree Leech. This is probably the biggest Colour Trend Forecast we share of a painting company.

The leitmotiv of next years’ Color Forecast is ESSENCE, which focuses on our collective search for those things that bring us happiness. The complexity of our everyday life, layered with digital streams of information, puts us on a constant high alert. As individuals, we need to go back to a spot where we can live a true, essential life.
The Dulux Australia Colour Forecast 2020 takes us on a journey of personal discovery with diverse and contrasting tonal palettes that offer hints of escapism which can both calm and empower. 

"We begin to crave that circuit- breaker, the moment that interrupts the torrent and allows us to centre ourselves, breathe and reconnect in a meaningful way.”

 - Dulux Australia


Grounded, Comeback, Cultivated, and Indulge are the four Dulux Australia Colour Trends for 2020, four journeys of different lifestyles and visions rendered into a 12 coloors-palette.


This colour theme inspires us to move towards living a simple, uncomplicated life by adopting a less-is-more approach.

Grounded is all about living consciously, making smart choices that don’t compromise on the beauty, warmth, and texture that remains essential to creating our happy place.

For this, it is adamant to abandon yesterday’s clutter in favor of a more mindful approach that hero comfort, longevity, and craftsmanship.

Natural materials come into play, evoking emotion through the raw beauty of texture and tactility. It is on the perfect balance of textures and a tonal palette that we find the key to beautiful minimal interiors. Bring this element through in your furniture using materials such as rattan and styling textiles.

Raw materials are offset with innovative finishes that feel high-tech but still invite the human touch. The past remains ever-present with the addition of cherished vintage items, time-worn textiles and the heart-tugging familiarity of a home-cooked meal.

Dulux suggests to

  • personalize your interiors with tactile finishes and textured forms that please the eye
  • punctuate your neutral schemes with an accent colour that features in your decor

Colour itself  is an important driver in your home but you can add personality too by including a few handcrafted pieces and items that have meaning to you.


A grounded palette of neutrals sees elements of white through to caramel unite with muted lavender. A muted blush tint and terracotta accent add warmth and variety.


Comeback speaks to this innately creative desire, inspiring us to blend contemporary design hints with vintage pieces to create an eclectic look.

This trend embodies a dialogue between the reassurance created by something familiar and the call to break out and express our true selves.

Comeback blends eclectic style with vintage charm to create a rich and layered aesthetic that feels expressive in its minimalism, yet reassuringly familiar. Living with tonal shades of blue helps to create a peaceful and calm space.

An unusual mix of decor can be cleverly united through a common color palette, like the selection of blues and greens combined with fresh white and accents of purple, red and orange.

Vibrant, clean colors like the striking Dulux Master Blue can create a key highlight and, in open spaces, help to divide the room into functional zones. At the same time, it weaves sentimental throwbacks with flashes of 80s-inspired fun.

The focus on the design classics of the 1920s–1950s, such as the Bauhaus, and Arts and Crafts movements creates a blend of personality, heritage, and sense of home.

Comeback’s serene and refreshing tonal blue palette is right at home in a bedroom. Tap into the terrazzo revival with graphically patterned textiles.

Use your everyday living spaces to display personal items alongside eco-sensitive vintage purchases and new heirlooms. Feature objects that are both elegant and timeless, then add a pop of retro-cool.


Tonal blues draw inspiration from the early twentieth century, with warm hues of burgundy, rust, and mustard to accentuate that elegant vintage style.


Cultivate represents the time to nurture and regenerate. To surrender to that urge for escape and to find refuge in the beautiful simplicity of nature.

The need we feel to disconnect from the digital world urges us to reconnect with the elements of nature, like the flourishing earth, clean air, natural light. Cultivate’s nature-inspired palette combats the crush of city living with its soothing calmness. Home is no longer a place to rest and recover, it’s somewhere to rejuvenate and inspire.

We seek out innovative ways to bring elements of the natural world into our interiors to encourage personal growth. The Cultivate palette is a calm and gentle layering of greens that reinforces our connection to nature.

The ambiance, full of refreshing greens, is soothing and restful, perfect for combatting the chaos of the modern world.

In Cultivate we embrace the romance of slow living, taking pleasure in nature and our ability to nurture, grow and sustain ourselves in simple and small ways. Personal well-being comes to the fore, and we seek out the soothing, calm refuge of the home where we can rest, re-focus and regenerate. Harmonious influences see modern Japanese minimalism blend with natural green hues offset by enlivening plum and uplifting yellow.

Subtle Japanese styling cues, such as black stained timber, handmade ceramics or origami-like textile prints, decorate the space.

This trend reminds us of the importance of appreciating the simple things – beautiful botanicals, fresh air, and natural light. Through its colors and patterns, it helps us to connect to nature deeply. 


The tonal greens of Cultivate are inspired by nature. These are interspersed with uplifting pops of chalky blue, deep plum and yellow curd – the perfect contrast.


Indulge speaks to our collective desire to disconnect from the mounting challenges of the everyday.

Indulge is the luxurious remedy to our busy, high-stress lives. It takes us on an escape dream journey where rose-tinted glasses reignite our romance with hearth and home.  Rich layers of luxurious fabric and decadently rounded forms works as a cocoon for our souls.

 Rich red or earthy brown add an essence of sophistication while connecting us and giving us security within the space. The abundance of fringing, chenille, and velvet soften the hard surfaces that give structure to the interior.

A warm, vivid sunset palette helps to create an emotive space designed for lingering. Toasty shades of burgundy, browns, reds, and oranges create a cozy, indulgent place to escape.

The combination of this rich color palette with decadently rounded forms embodies a new interpretation of the 1970s retro-futuristic style that clashes with opulent Art Deco vibes. Jeweled colors help to evoke a sense of nostalgia. Deeper purples and ruby reds create a luxurious appeal.

Hints of Art Deco and 70s retro-futurism add moments of nostalgia to high romance. Lilac infused pastels, balances by the lightness of deeper shades, create a scheme that’s perfect for intimate rooms.

Hard facts and raw truths, for just a moment, are hidden from view as we immerse ourselves in a lush-colored world of our own making, filled with joy, love and a sense of belonging.

Opulent details and fabrics, such as chenilles and velvets, are commonplace, alongside fringing, layered drapery and overlapping rugs with carpeted floors.

Utilizing hues from the same color family creates an immersive tonal palette.



Sink into a rich and soothing palette of melon, salmon, brown, red and cosmetic tints. It’s the perfect combination to create an immersive and opulent interior.

Art Direction & Styling: Bree Leech | Styling assistance: Kelly Larkin + Elisenda Russell| Photography: Lisa Cohen

The Dulux Australia Color Trends is such an interesting source of inspiration not just for color but also for interiors.

Posted By Elena Gardin / October 16, 2019

Source - https://www.eclectictrends.com/4-color-trends-2020-dulux-australia/

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