New colours for a new decade. This is the time of year when colour watchers introduce the new hues for the year ahead. Essential Home, a Mid-century-Modern furniture brand that takes its design cues from the 1930s and 1960s and turns them into furnishings, is hot for pastels.
Here are a few of the colourful looks you can expect to see in the months ahead:
Essential Home deems this to be the top colour for 2020. Chosen to harmonize science and technology with nature, Neo Mint also inspires some nostalgia for the past, while considering the present and future, too.
When used as an accent or contrast to such neutrals as taupe, minty greens can pop. For a fresh look, pair it with white or blue to echo the sea. If you want to call in associations with nature and the outdoors, mint green also looks great contrasted with similar shades of green. Combine with pastel pink or dusty rose for a pink-and-green combo, If you love purple, try lilac. Neo mint is a complementary colour to coral, defined by Pantone as the 2019 Color of the Year.
Not a fan of greens? Consider:
It’s impossible to love Mid-century Modern design without being nostalgic. Sun-soaked yellow has a nostalgic feel that recalls the popular mustard tone of the 1960s, which has seen a comeback in recent years. Mellow Yellow is upbeat and versatile.
This is a subdued version of the oranges that have made waves recently, with a feel-good quality that is perfect for high summer. Traditionally regarded as a feminine colour, Cantaloupe has a broad appeal.
Grading from crushed blackcurrant to rich aubergine, the deep purplish tones of the elegantly understated Cassis draw inspiration from nature. A natural evolution from Millennial pink, as it continues the appeal.