Is bold best? Pantone’s A/W 2020 colour trends


After receiving a very warm response from the architecture and design community, the colour forecasting agency has released a list of shades it’s expecting to be popular come Autumn/Winter. From pared back pinks offering a twist on the much-loved Millennial shade, to pops of fiery orange and red, there is a trend to suit every project. Here are our favourites…

Grown-up Millennial

For the past two years, there’s seemingly been no escape from the ‘Millennial Pink’ trend. Every bar, hotel and retailer aimed at the twenty-something age bracket has, in some way, captured elements of the sugary hue in their interior – and Instagram content. However, for A/W2020, Pantone provides a more mature take in the form of Rose Tan. To complement, Peach Nougat – think Living Coral dialled right back – is a warming alternative to beige. Together, the combination retains its youthfulness while appealing to the maturing tastes of those pastel-loving, now twenty-going-on-thirty-year-olds.

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Jewelled hues

Despite a general industry shift to going back to basics, maximalism has prevailed as a trend since last year. Underpinning the look is a decadent, jewelled colour palette, rooted in luxury and indulgence. For A/W2020, Pantone has captured some of the key shades, inspired by design heritage but with a fresh uplift for contemporary interiors. This includes Fired Brick, Magenta Purple and Blue Depths.

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New nature

Taking creative direction from our natural surroundings, Pantone has elevated the nature-inspired trend through its approach to a green palette for A/W2020. Military Olive and Ultramarine Green reflect the industry’s current occupation with respecting both the land and sea. And while each shade is very distinct in aesthetic, both offer a unique take on a trend that was arguably starting to feel like well-trodden ground.

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Bright & beautiful

Last year, orange was tipped to be 2020’s hottest hue. And although it might not be quite as prolific as ‘Millennial Pink’, a quick scroll of Instagram proves that it’s definitely been a hit. Pantone has fully embraced the trend with its Amberglow - an orangey shade that’s not too in-your-face. In a similar vein, its Samba Red is verging on bright without going ‘all out’. Whereas Green Sheen – a highlighter yellow – offers the bold injection of colour that a select few projects cry out for.

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If you’re interested in using any of these colour trends in your next commercial interiors project and would like advice on the products to specify, get in touch here.