Biophilic inspiration with Tranquil Dawn, the new 2020 colour

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Yesterday, AkzoNobel has announced its Colour of the Year 2020. A very promising hue, starting from its soothing name: Tranquil Dawn.

Tranquil Dawn (opened in a new window/tab) is a muted shade of green, that is saturated enough to be called green and neutral enough to go well with plenty of other colours.

Swatch of Tranquil Dawn paint.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Akzo Nobel (opened in a new window/tab)

The inspiration behind Tranquil Dawn

The Colour of the Year always aims at reflecting the current social background and its needs, and Tranquil Dawn is no exception.
In a world that moves at the tireless speed of technology, design is called to carve restful interiors.

 

“As 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.”
Cit AkzoNobel

 
Tranquil Dawn is inspired by morning skies. In fact, it's the colour that sits right in between earth and sky at dawn.

Morning sky landscape that inspired Tranquil Dawn.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Akzo Nobel (opened in a new window/tab)

Tranquil Dawn celebrates the beginning of a new decade with hope, addressing two of the things we need the most as a society:
 

  • Thanks to its soothing nature, Tranquil Dawn can bring a “human touch” to interiors and help us find a much-needed balance between our hyper-connected online lives and our physical life.
  • Green is also the colour of sustainability and choosing it as the Colour of the Year is a call to action with respect to the environmental challenges we are facing.
    For more about sustainability in design, you can check out SforSustainable (opened in a new window/tab) - the sustainable interior design platform I curate.

 
Overall, Tranquil Dawn would fit perfectly in a biophilic interior. So let's take a look at some biophilic design inspiration that tap into this new colour trend!

Biophilic interiors in Tranquil Dawn

Tranquil Dawn works both in monochrome palettes and together with contrasting colours. But one thing is for sure; it would combine with plenty of natural light and a good amount of greenery in a biophilic design!

Biophilic living room with Tranquil Dawn walls, clear sofa and plenty of natural light.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Akzo Nobel (opened in a new window/tab)
Biophilic sitting area in a room with very high ceilings and Tranquil Dawn furniture.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Muuto (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Biophilic living room with Tranquil Dawn and charcoal striped walls and minimal furniture.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Akzo Nobel (opened in a new window/tab)
Biophilic bedroom with Tranquil Dawn bedding.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Cultiver (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Biophilic relax corner with Tranquil Dawn walls and neutral cozy furniture.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Akzo Nobel (opened in a new window/tab)
Biophilic restaurant design in Tranquil Dawn.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Dezeen (opened in a new window/tab)
Biophilic dining room with Tranquil Dawn ceiling.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Cereal Mag (opened in a new window/tab). Photo by Rory Gardiner

Designing with Tranquil Dawn

Paint is not the only way to introduce colour in interiors, and Tranquil Dawn (or similar hues) can actually be found in a variety of different products.

Starting with finishes, there exist patterned tiles that fit very well into the Tranquil Dawn trend. And their leaf patterns & moss-like textures make them perfect for a biophilic design too!

Relax corner with biophilic hexagonal tiles with a leaf pattern.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: ZYX (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Biophilic tiles recalling the texture of moss.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Bricmate (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)

Furnishings can also be found in Tranquil Dawn and such a soothing hue would be ideal to frame a relaxation corner at home.

Tranquil Dawn interior design products.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign. All products are referenced below.

 
Remember when I shared the sustainable bedroom news from IKEA's 2020 catalogue? Well, both the BERGPALM bedding (opened in a new window/tab) and the VIGDIS cushion (opened in a new window/tab) were actually an anticipation of Tranquil Dawn!

Moodboard showing a variety of sustainable products for the bedroom: from quilts and fitted sheets, to bedding, to throws and decorative cushions.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign. Inspiration picture: IKEA. All products are referenced in the related post.

Tranquil Dawn greenery

Last but not least, Tranquil Dawn is also the colour of some plants, that would be an excellent way to bring in the new trending hue in a biophilic interior!

Echeveria laui plants.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Echeveria laui. Credit: Wikimedia (opened in a new window/tab)
Tillandsia Xerographica plants.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Tillandsia Xerographic. Credit: AirPlantDesignCenter (via Etsy) (opened in a new window/tab)
Sage plant.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Sage. Credit: Kreutzfelder (via Pixabay) (opened in a new window/tab)
Eucalyptus baby blue branches.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Eucalyptus baby blue. Credit: Magnaflor (opened in a new window/tab)
Tillandsia Oaxacana Feldhofi plant.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Tillandsia Oaxacana Feldhofi. Credit: Spyloh (via Etsy) (opened in a new window/tab)
Moodboard showing all the above-mentioned plants to add Tranquil Dawn with greenery.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign
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