How to use our 2020 color palettes with Tranquil Dawn in your home

Explore the versatility of Tranquil Dawn and discover the color palette that’s right for your room

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Every year, Dulux color specialists work with design experts from all over the world to get a clear understanding of the upcoming global trends that will shape our lives in the near future. We use these insights to identify a new Colour of the Year and create a collection of complementary colors around it.

In an increasingly hectic and digital world, there is a desire to be more caring and a search for meaning. This year’s color, Tranquil Dawn, has an air of calm and clarity that perfectly reflects this mood.

It’s a beautifully versatile shade with an effect that changes depending on the color scheme it’s used with. We’ve created four stunning palettes around Tranquil Dawn, with a mood to suit everyone. Take a look at this guide to using Tranquil Dawn in your home and decide which color palette reflects your style best…

A home for Care: A light and airy kitchen colour palette

In this kitchen, the combination of soft neutrals and pale pastels create a relaxed and welcoming space. Complementary colors like Tranquil Dawn, the Colour of the Year 2020, soft cream and our Colour of the Year 2019, Creme Brulee, work together to create a pleasing and coherent colour scheme.

Complete this laid-back look with lush indoor plants and hand-thrown pottery pieces.

Which colours ?

Mushroom Morning 65YY 71/071

Calm Winds 80YR 83/035

Tranquil Dawn 45GY 55/052
Creme Brulee 00YY 26/220

A home for Play: An energizing kid’s room with a vibrant colour palette


In this upbeat loft bedroom, a bold and playful colour scheme is achieved by combining a sunny yellow on one wall, which is alternately striped with soft grey on the adjoining wall, to create an offbeat graphic effect. The Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn, is used in a chunky border that gives definition to the window area. White-painted furniture, warm woods and unfussy natural textiles complete the look.

Sapling 50YY 51/519

Limoges Blue 30BG 56/045

Tranquil Dawn 45GY 55/052

A home for meaning: A pared-back bedroom in complementary colours for low-key luxury


In this moodily beautiful bedroom, everything has been edited back to the simple essentials. The walls and ceiling are painted in an awe-inspiring dark gray while the window recess is lit up by the Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn. The elegant light gray used on the door creates a truly timeless colour scheme.

Minimalist furniture, tactile throws and laid-back linens finish this simple and serene style.

Black Mica 30BB 05/022

Tranquil Dawn 45GY 55/052
Ascot Blue 90BG 41/040

A home for Creativity: A living room colour scheme for the curious and creative


In this warm colour scheme, rich and intense tones like burgundy and forest green are diffused by paler shades like Tranquil Dawn, the Colour of the Year 2020 – used on adjoining walls and window alcoves – which here takes on a gently calming quality.

Sumptuous velvets, floral prints and quirky vintage pieces help to create a space that is atmospheric and cosy.

Bold Damson 48RR 08/146

Tranquil Dawn 45GY 55/052

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