The biggest colour trends of 2020

If you want to go about updating your home, colour is the easiest way to do it. Whether you introduce it in cushions or repaint a whole feature wall, colour is an affordable and fun way to up-style your spaces and keep them modern. Picking the right colours can be difficult, considering how much of an impact they will make on a space — you don’t want to make the wrong kind of statement. It’s all about tapping into that ‘wow’ factor without going overboard.

Use our quick guide to keep your house looking modern and fun throughout 2020. All of these colours can be incorporated in your space whether you live in an apartment, a townhouse or a more traditional house in the suburbs, whilst still letting your intrinsic style shine through.

Pale purples, pinks and greens

In a pretty distinctive change from the last few years, pale colours are now all the rage in interiors.

“With neutral colour schemes dominating the last few years, it’s time for some soft, subtle hues,” says designer Justine Brown from Chocolate Brown. “They complement neutrals and tie back with on-trend pale timber, terrazzo and marble beautifully.”

This means you don’t have to spend a lot of money changing up a space — these colours will complement what you already have. Soft furnishings like bed linen or cushions are the best way to bring in these colours because they can pop against the neutrals you already have. To stop it all looking too sweet, try combining them in interesting ways (maybe one colour is a stronger hue, to offset the others) or against white or black for boldness.

Bright yellows

A happy, warm colour, yellow can be quite difficult to pull off in your interiors. However, the pay off for getting it right is immense that it’s definitely something to consider for any area that’s needs that extra ‘oomph’. Yellow works anywhere and suits all furniture (particularly woods), so it can be used throughout your house in a variety of ways.

The easiest way to bring it in is through plants. This is a short-term commitment, giving you enough time to determine if you like how the colour works in the room or area, and it doesn’t have to be an expensive addition. The lounge room also opens up several other possibilities for incorporating bright yellow. Whether you opt for a pair of yellow velvet reading chairs, new cushions for the couch or just a throw rug and a yellow book for the coffee table, you’ll find adding pops of this bright colour to your living spaces invigorates them — yellow is a happy colour after all.

If you want something a little more permanent, try checking out your bathroom. Something as subtle as tarnished brass bathroom fittings are a great option because they elevate the space whilst still being a really solid investment (try and break them. It’s hard). Mustard takes neutrals one step further in terms of depth and is a great addition if you feel the space is too bland still. Try bringing it in through artwork for a contemporary addition.


Although it looks like it, greige is not a made-up word. Greiges sit between grey and beige, and tend to be a warmer neutral. The colour is inspired by photos of the beach and gardens because it mimics naturally-occurring neutral colours seen on rocks and sand.

“Greige evokes calm and stillness,” says designer Madeleine Blanchfield. “It’s subtle but gives the impression the space has been thoughtfully decorated. It’s warm without being overwhelming.”

A modern classic, greige looks nice against classic white trims or with black accents. Another great way to style it is to couple a greige wall with brightly-coloured photo frames in reds or greens. They will pop against the elegant background, and your home will feel warmer for it.

Classic Blue

As Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Classic Blue is a no-brainer if you’re considering easy ways to make your space more up-to-date. Described by Pantone to be ‘a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection’, Classic Blue is the type of colour that works in any space, indoors or outdoors.

There are several ways to include Classic Blue in your interiors. For a more contemporary, sophisticated look, you might try bringing it in through a rug or cushions, while those who want something a little more eclectic might try putting Classic Blue chairs at the kitchen bench. Given the fact that it is such a common colour, you’ll be able to find something to suit your interiors no matter what your style is.

What do you think about these interior colour trends? Are they something you would consider using, or do you prefer something else? Let us know in the comments below.

Written: 31 March 2020

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