PANTONE inspired by nature for 2020 colour forecast

A highlight of the annual design calendar, PANTONE has announced its colour forecast for 2020, outlining the must-use shades for the coming annum. 

Inspired by “nature, serenity and comfort”, the palette has been curated in response to our increasingly fast paced lives. PANTONE vice president Laurie Pressman observes that people are craving the calm found in nature, and are keen to replicate it in their own homes.

From olive to teal, greens and blues form the basis for the sea and sky-inspired selection. A swift departure from the previous three years of PANTONE’s chosen colours, next year’s palette appears much more commercially grounded, accessible for a wide range of spaces.

Pastels are also said to remain a design staple in 2020, but not as we know them. ‘Millennial Pink’, which has gained iconic status over the past two years, will be rebranded for more masculine interiors. 

Slightly juxtaposed with the neutral, nature-inspired trend, large-scale floral and plant motifs will dominate surface pattern design. Although traditional flowers will still feature, leaves will lead the way, reminiscent of balmier environments. 

As we head into the twenties, we’ll see a resurgence of metallics – harking back to the original roaring decade. Pressman explains the reboot will include “satin-ized” colours, foil effect and a bit of sparkle – a welcome dose of decadence amid an otherwise pared back selection. 

Continuing this theme, marble and coloured glass will also remain key materials into next year, says Pressman. But the emphasis will remain on comfort, with soft edges, upholstery and wood most popular for furnishings. 

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Taking all of this into account, the PANTONE palettes for 2020 are:

  • Trekking (plaids, denim, red and yellow)
  • Prints Charming (bold graphic prints)
  • Beyond the Pale (calming pastels)
  • Skill Set (oxidized and rusty effects)

Although we can’t say we’re too surprised with PANTONE’s choices, they certainly feel like a reflection of current societal trends. The countdown is now on to the Colour of the Year announcement. Do you have any guesses as to what it might be? We have a few thoughts, and we’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be very ‘Hattrick’. 

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