December 11, 2019

Marcomedia’s 2020 Colour of the Year predictions

Marcomedia’s 2020 Colour of the Year predictions

At the time of writing, Pantone (the colour matching system used by designers around the world) has announced its Colour of the Year for 2020. However, we did do a little research to make some early predictions about the colour trends you may be seeing next year. So, whether you are launching a new brand, refreshing your image or just curious about what 2020 is going to look like, read on…

Coastal calm

According to this article, at a fashion trade show in Las Vegas, Laurie Pressman, VP of the Pantone Colour Institute, exclusively revealed that the colours of 2020 were going to be inspired by the sea. The Colour of the Year for 2019 was ‘living coral’ – a vibrant shade that felt fun and tropical so you may think that 2020’s colour would have a similar feel. However, it is predicted that the colours of 2020 will be calmer: think sea spray, driftwood and sand dunes …

Dulux Colour of the Year

In fact, Dulux’s Colour of the Year is ‘Tranquil Dawn’ a ‘versatile shade of green inspired by the morning sky’. But its palette includes greys, blues and browns, giving it a cool coastal feel too.

Pantone’s colour of the year often reflects what is happening in wider society – in 2018 it was ‘ultra-violet’, a ‘visionary’ colour ‘associated with counter-culture’ in particular ‘icons such as Prince and David Bowie.’ 2020 is set to be a politically turbulent year so it would make sense to balance that with a more calming tone. Caring for the ocean is also high on everyone’s agenda which would tie in with an oceanic theme.

Behr Colour of the Year

US and Canadian decorative paint brand, Behr has announced its 2020 colour of the year to be a light green called ‘Back to Nature’, continuing this theme of looking to nature for calmer tones.

So, whatever the Colour of the Year is, it’s all about the colours that suit you and your brand. Here at Marco HQ, we are colour experts and have been helping organiations find the shades that work perfectly for them for over ten years. We would love to discuss your plans for 2020 so that our talented designers can create colourful campaigns that help make next year your best yet. Call our team on 0208 590 0922 or email us at and let’s get started!

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