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The Dulux Colour Of The Year 2020: Tranquil Dawn

Dulux has announced its 2020 Colour of the Year: Tranquil Dawn is 'reminiscent of the colours of the morning sky' and works beautifully in most interiors.


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AkzoNobel, the global paint and coatings leader which manufactures Dulux products, each year releases an annual trends report titled Colour Futures – and this always includes the paint giant's annual pick for Colour of the Year, a stand-out shade that 'captures the mood of the moment'.

A large team of Dulux specialists at AkzoNobel headquarters in the Netherlands work together to create this report, which is the result of extensive trend research by experts around the world. 

Marketing director of Sub-Saharan Africa for Dulux, Nathalie Sweeney, leads the annual trend research in our region and explains why Tranquil Dawn has been selected as the Colour of the Year for 2020.

'Tranquil Dawn perfectly captures the 2020 mood of what makes us human,' says Sweeney.

'It's reminiscent of the colours of the morning sky and our desire to treasure our most human qualities, which we'll need as we enter a new decade.' 

Tranquil Dawn is probably best described as a fluid shade that combines elements of green, blue and grey. 

The Colour Futures report also includes a series of diverse palettes created around the Colour of the Year. 

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Four Palettes Using The Colour Of The Year 

Each of these palettes features Tranquil Dawn and they have all been put together especially for use in domestic interiors. The palettes are able to meet a range of distinctive needs. 

Says Sweeney of the supportive palettes: 'The easy-to-use palettes promise to bring a fresh energy to the world's walls, and with the versatile Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn, at the heart of this colour collection, we're inspired to do just that.' 

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The Care Palette

When first looking at the Care palette, you are reminded of the horizon on a hazy spring morning, with a mix of gentle neutrals and the Colour of the Year appearing to flow into one another. 

This palette is best paired with pale wood and suede with tactile velvets. It has a contemporary feel, and wool throws will bring warmth to a space featuring its shades, while additions of gold, silver or copper will add touch of luxury. Plants and botanical prints that bring the outside in will also work well paired with the colours of the Care palette. 

Aptly named, the Care palette provides a space with a sense of relaxation and calm.

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The Play Palette 

As it is named the Play palette, one right away expects that this set of colours will bring life and vitality to a room with shades that are reminiscent of a bright summer day.

There are blocks of bold colour here, including coral and sulphur-yellow, which enhance the palette's vibrancy. Its aim is to stimulate the environment in which it's used, and this will be further accentuated by geometric patterns and a material mix of bold textures. 

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The Meaning Palette

The Meaning palette creates space for calm, silence and deep contemplation. Far from creating a coldly minimalist approach, however, the Meaning palette is a mix of crisp yet soft greys that are reminiscent of the horizon on a hazy winter's day. 

Best combined with very clean lines and functional forms, this palette works well with natural materials such as wood, leather and linen, along with the soft sheen of gently polished concrete. In short, it's all about a sense of easygoing, contemporary luxury. 

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The Creativity Palette 

Inspired by the colours of a warm autumn day alongside full intense tones including forest greens and ochres, the Creativity palette has the ability to create a moody and eclectic atmosphere in a space. 

Materials that work well with this palette include wood, leather and ceramics – and floral prints, natural cottons and hand-knitted throws are the ideal additions to an interior featuring these shades. 

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