8 Colour Trends from Maison & Objet Fair to Look Out For in 2020
What are the big colour trends as we head into 2020? We found the answer at the Maison & Objet trade fair
Since 1995, Maison & Objet in Paris has been the international meeting point for professionals in lifestyle, interiors and design. Twice a year, it brings together more than 3,000 exhibiting brands and nearly 90,000 visitors, almost half of whom come from other countries. Houzz editors visited the Villepinte Exhibition Centre to find talent and identify tomorrow’s looks. Here are the eagerly awaited colour trends as we head into 2020.
Of course, trendy colours, such as burnt orange, olive green and blood red, were well represented. However, what we really noticed in the aisles of this September 2019 edition of Maison & Objet were the many colour palettes.
There were very few monochrome booths: several featured subtle colour mixes based on triadic colour contrasts or analogous harmonies* of three to five hues, combining primary and secondary colours. We are sure to start seeing them on walls soon.
* A triadic colour contrast is made up of any three colours that form an equilateral triangle on the colour wheel, such as the three primaries – blue, yellow and red –as in Mondrian paintings. An analogous harmony refers to the combination of neighbouring colours on the colour wheel, such as wine red, burnt orange and blood red.
These are clearly the novel hues for this year. Harmonies of warm and invigorating colours – burgundy, wine red, blood red, burnt orange, mustard and golden brown – create décor that’s sunny, energetic and perfect for re-enchanting our interiors.
Among cool spectrums, it’s impossible to ignore this combination of shades of green. Fir green, the big colour of 2019, still appears here and there, while the new green on the block is tinged with yellow and tends towards a warmer khaki-olive.
These colours are, frankly, timeless classics rather than novelties. However, there’s no better way to spice them up than to combine them: taupe (and onwards through the spectrum up to brown) has made a big comeback, and there’s also mustard yellow, fawn and sienna. These reassuring palettes make us want to cuddle up under a blanket.
This edition of Maison et Objet gave us the answer to a crucial question: What should I match with khaki or olive green?
The bordeaux-green contrast needs to be treated with caution: easily slipping into a Christmas colour scheme, it changes its register when skilfully matched with olive, linden, peacock blue, anthracite or beige. It’s a surefire way to a chic family home.
Among blues, we’re seeing peacock blue, International Klein Blue and denim stepping into the limelight.
We’ve seen a lot of blue in the past few years, but now blues as a whole seem to be in sharp decline.
Having spoken about colours and matching, we’d like to conclude with two observations.
First, matt, dull and earthy colours, manifestations of a renewed affirmation of our desire for nature, remain trendy.
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