All you need to know about the Dulux Colour of the Year 2020

Discover the inspiration behind the Dulux Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052), and see how it can transform your home

Every year Dulux colour specialists at our Global Aesthetic Center assemble a team of top international design experts to discuss the new global trends that will affect us all. We work on transforming these insights into one key 2020 colour trend that will have an impact on homes all over the world. Then we create four beautiful palettes around the Colour of the Year, with a mood and style to suit everyone.

2020 is the start of a new decade. It’s a fresh start. A new dawn. In an increasingly hectic and digital world, there is a desire for meaning and kindness. So, inspired by the colours of the morning sky, our colour experts have created an inspiring new shade, Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052).

This versatile colour of 2020 seems to change according to the tones that it’s used with – it can work in different ways in a warm, neutral, soft or bright palette. Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052) sits somewhere between green, blue and grey – just like the fleeting beauty of a morning sky – making it the perfect 2020 colour trend.

Here we explore the ways that the colour of 2020, Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052), can transform your home…

Soft sandy tones create a laid-back living room featuring the colour of 2020


The versatile Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052), seems to subtly shift its tone depending on the shades that it is combined with. In the image above, it’s used with a sandy tone to create a relaxed and nurturing space for focussing on wellbeing and positive interactions. Comforting and comfortable cushions and throws, warm woods and mood-boosting indoor plants complete this light and airy look.

Which colours?

Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052)

Bellcourt Castle 45YY 53/151

Mushroom Morning 65YY 71/071

Bright shades bounce off black and white in this 2020 colour trend kitchen

This kitchen features a cool confident look where graphic black cabinets, contrasting white table tops and a vibrant yellow wall stand out against a calmer strip of Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052). In this mix, the versatile Colour of the Year 2020 takes on an offbeat pastel effect, bringing a greater depth to the look.

With colour furniture and playful accessories, the mood is upbeat and sunny.

Which colours?

Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052)

Cosmic Sea 10RB 47/036

Sapling 50YY 51/519

Darkened Storm 42BB 09/032

A calm and tranquil bedroom with the Colour of the Year 2020

This bedroom is the perfect antidote to hectic modern living. Here, everyday living has been pared back to the beautifully simple essentials. Walls are painted in the Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052), which here takes on a muted minimalist effect when combined with a wall and ceiling painted in the same tone, acting as a frame and canopy to the bed.

Elemental materials including linen, wood and marble, left in their natural state, create a room for rest and renewal. 

Which colours?

Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052)

Grey Gimmick 22YR 17/023

Black Mica 30BB 05/022

Create a warm and expressive living space with the 2020 colour trends

In this warm and creative living room, rich and saturated colours, including leaf green and teal, combine to create an intense mood. The Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052) takes on a calming role in this palette, providing a pale contrast shade that brings balance to the look.

With hand-crafted wicker, mouth-blown glass and floral motifs, this room offers a way to reconnect with the past but in an up-to-date setting, creating a cosy and inspiring atmosphere.

Which colours?

Cheeky Grey 78GG 19/078

Military Green 50GY 13/136

Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052)

Using more than one colour to create a split effect? Find out how to create a perfect two-tone wall

See how to use Tranquil Dawn (Grey Jeans 45GY 55/052) in your home here

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