Yesterday, AkzoNobel (otherwise called Dulux, Sikkens, Flexa… according to the country) has announced its Colour of the Year 2020 and I love it, 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.
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 Akzo Nobel says:
“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.”
Tranquil Dawn is inspired by morning skies. In fact, it's the colour that sits right in between earth and sky at dawn.
Tranquil Dawn celebrates the beginning of a new decade with hope, addressing two of the things we need the most as a society:
- For 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, check out SforSustainable (opened in a new window/tab) - the sustainable interior design resource I curate.
Overall, Tranquil Dawn would fit perfectly in a biophilic interior. So I’ve been hunting for some biophilic design inspiration that tap into this new colour trend. Let’s go!
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!
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 some patterned tiles that fit very well into the Tranquil Dawn trend. And – with their leaf patterns and moss-like textures – they would be perfect in a biophilic design!
Furnishings can also be found in Tranquil Dawn and such a soothing hue would be ideal to frame a relaxation corner at home.
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 a lovely anticipation of Tranquil Dawn!
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!