The Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 is expressed throughfour nature-inspired tonal palettes that represent the essence of 21st century trends, not only in design terms but also in a global context.

It consists of four distinct palettes, plus a key palette of additional highlight colours, which have been distilled into one unifying theme: Essence.

According to Andrea Lucena-Orr from Dulux, the colours are mostly muted with a natural feel that’s balanced out by selected striking accents and saturated hues.


The Grounded palette has colours pared back to their core essence. Minimal tonal variations and an earthy focus promote comfort and familiarity in an aesthetic that allows natural textures to come to the fore.

“It is a natural soft and subtle palette that helps to create a sense of light, calmness and relaxation in any space,” explains Lucena-Orr.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Grounded Palette

Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

From top right: Dulux Grey Reflection; Raw Cotton, Laminex; Oak dowel NA; Milkwood, Laminex; Dulux Pancake Mix; Tweedy in Natural, Warwick; Manual Bases Terracotta tile, Earp Bros; Linear standard handle, Roman Classico Natural Stone unfilled, Signorino; Neverlands Beachlife in Cloud, Halcyon Lake; Austral Southern Splitface in Riverstone, Brickworks; GB Splitface in Porcelain, Brickworks, Anchor Ceramics, Hub Furniture; Dulux Waitang.


Indulge continues the theme of earthiness, with an emphasis on warmth and luxury – the suite of hues in this palette promotes escapism via immersive, romantic interiors.

“It is our richest and most colourful palette,” says Lucena-Orr, who saw Arper, Moroso and Studio Pepe echoing the theme during the Milan Fair. “Its warmth and sophistication are derived from deep earthy tans and corals and can be injected with the racy ‘Red Rebel’ for a passionate twist.”

Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Indulge Palette

Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

Clockwise from top right: Dulux Yolande; Fatima’s Reflection, Fibonacci Stone; Dulux Henna Red; Lovely in Madder & Oxblood, Warwick; Velvet tufted rug in 2C06 & 2A02, Halcyon Lake; Cleo in Poppy, Warwick; Pavlova, Fibonacci Stone; Lounge in Brass Matte, Linear Standard; Essence in Copper, Orchid & Berry, Warwick; Brushed Brass, Laminex; Cement in Ayers Rock & Ochre, Earp Brothers; Velvet tufted rug in E104, Halcyon Lake; Dulux Show Business 


This palette takes inspiration from the centenary of the Bauhaus movement and the reissuing of classic pieces by major design houses. Comeback is a palette that embraces nostalgia and fuses it with contemporary references.

Its hues provide what Lucena-Orr describes as “a refreshing change”, particularly the spectrum of blues and teals – colours that also stood out at Design Week. Strong, contrastingly warm reds and deep yellows complement, giving more than a nod to the graphically bold Bauhaus.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Comeback Palette

Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

Clockwise from top right: Dulux Master Blue; Cruze in, Warwick; Fibonacci Terazzo; Begium Anke 3N47, 3N83, 3M24, 3M44, Halcyon; Dulux Carter’s Scroll; Cruze in Nougat, Warwick; Delaunay in Ocean & Tobacco, Warwick; Lins in Teal, Signorino; Linear Standard handle; Midnight, Laminex; Denim, Laminex; Terrazzo tile EMA 1418, Signorino; Dulux Blue Shell.


The fourth palette comes full circle, returning to nature and the essence of life. Cultivate combines botanically inspired, calming shades of green with a sprinkle of highlight colours that echo the harmony of the natural world. Complementary design elements feature transparent materials, such as coloured glass or iridescent resins, and a restrained Japanese-inspired aesthetic that subtly wove its way through the styling elements of Zanotta and Arper in Milan.

Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 Cultivate Palette

Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

Clockwise from top right: Dulux Te Aroha; Blackened Legno, Laminex; Spruce Cement, Earp Bros; Babylon Tile, Earp Bros; D5 Luxe in Silver, 3A12 & 3B10, Halcyon; Masia Victorian Green, Laminex; Linia Axiom in Sunflower, Warwick; Dulux Pencarrow; Green Slate, Laminex; Bayleaf, Laminex; Melbourne Safety Glass; Green Grey Cement, Earp Bros; Linear Standard; Nazari in Chauen, Earp Bros; Linia Nakaumi in Akua, Warwick.

Dulux Highlights

The 2020 Dulux Colour Forecast features a highlight palette, offering a limited range of four key colours: Primary Blue, 70s Fuchsia, Orange-Red and Acid Yellow. These highlights allow personalisation of the four major palettes through bespoke applications and unique expression.