Dulux 2020 Colour Forecast Theme

Dulux 2020 Colour Forecast – there’s a few surprises!

Dulux has recently announced its Colour Forecast for 2020 and called it Essence. There are 4 themes with colours from the subtle to the bold.

The theme names are: Grounded, Comeback, Cultivate and Indulge.



Grounded is the most neutral palette of the 4. It has lots of light to medium colours from nature and goes well with natural materials such as wood, cane, linen and textured fabrics.

What’s really interesting is the absence of dark greys and blue greys. The greys that are there are pale warm greys and the dark colours are shades of brown. Is beige making a comeback? Methinks it is! 


Grounded collage


Comeback is a palette of mostly mid to dark colours with a smoky overtone. With only one light shade, a grey blue it’s quite an eye-catching palette.

The colours are fantastic on feature walls like the fireplace below or if you want to make the space feel more intimate. Like Grounded, dark grey is missing while shades of brown are the main neutrals.


Comeback Collage


Cultivate is a reference to the large number of shades of green including smokier blue greens and grey greens. It’s moved away from the recently popular teal to ‘moodier’ greens complemented by a mustard yellow, a deep purple, a grey blue and a mid-tone beige.

These colours are great in wet areas such as bathrooms, laundries, and even the home office/study. Strong greens are best avoided in kitchens and dining rooms because of their association with mouldy foods. Also keep these greens away from the bedroom particularly the Master as it can make you look bilious.

Cultivate Collage


Indulge reminds me fondly of the colours of the mid too late 80’s that I used in my first renovation. It leans heavily towards the colours of wine from pale purples to deep reds. 

These are rounded off by soft earthy colours such as Unbleached Calico and Soft Chamois. 

Professionally I think the darker shades are too strong for all 4 walls of most rooms but they make a fabulous feature on walls and furniture. They’re also ideal with most metals particularly gold, rose gold and copper.

Indulge Collage


My Opinion is the palettes are quite surprising in that all of them have some form of beige and 3 out of the 4 have shades of terracotta. But the biggest surprise is the complete absence of a dark grey.

I’m keen to see whether we embrace beige and brown, and whether dark greys ever really disappear from our homes given their versatility!


Images courtesy of Dulux – https://www.dulux.com.au/colour/colour-trends/2020#

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