Top Five Colours of 2020

“Life is like a box of crayons” – John Mayer

Colour plays an important role in design. It is simple, yet a powerful means of communication through interior design. It is important to understand how colours behave, how they change their character and how they influence our mood. Colours can invoke the past, inform the present and inspire the future.

On that note, here are the top five colours that are making an impact in design in 2020.

#1 – Pantone 19-4052

Classic blue

Image: Vogue Living Australia

This year’s ‘colour of the year’ is Pantone’s Classic Blue. Famously used in van Gogh’s Starry Night, it illustrates a sense of sophistication, allure and drama. When used in interiors it can be a perfect accompaniment to bright and striking colours.

#2 – Pantone 18-1662

Flame Scarlet

Image: Domino Magazine

This bold-fiery red can’t help but demand attention. It’s a perfect tool for companies determined to stand out and draw attention to their branding.

#3 – Pantone 14-1064


Image: Katie

Yellow creates positive psychological qualities: cheerful, warm and vibrant. Applying this to hallways or to spaces that are usually closed off, effectively decorates the space.

#5 – Pantone 16-1359

Orange Peel

Image: Kristen

Orange is a vivid, vibrant and energetic colour. This colour may be overlooked and identify as being retro but pairing intense and pale orange hues can create a good contrast to the décor of a space.

#4 – Pantone 15-5718

Biscay Green


This shade of green can be a polarising colour. A mix of cyan and mint – two colours that are pleasing to the eye but together create a stunning shade that is reminiscent of luxurious ocean-front shorelines. It’s playful and modern whether used as an accent or as an overall colour to a space.