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Color Of The Year 2020 – The Universe of Brown

We started in 2018, observing and forecasting BROWN shades as a major comeback. This time, we consider it is not one particular color but a whole brownish spectrum that belongs to the Color Of The Year 2020.


The evolution of the terracotta color asks for a deep and darker BROWN evolving from a pink and red-based scheme towards BROWNS that holds more black pigments.

We have seen Earth-related shades for the past four years; moving to a different color spectrum within the terra universe is about time.


  • If we talk only hue, one reason why Brown rises is for sure the desire to move away from a pinkish and reddish terracotta palette seen for a long time. Brown is only a natural progression.

  • Also, ancient celebrations and rituals come strong and often have brownish and black aesthetics. Whenever we look back to ancient traditions, colors get darker.

  • It’s a moment of Mindful Design; the used palette for any object lies within a beige-brown range, which helps connect on a deeper level with nature.

  • Brown symbolizes rich soil and clay, and we all know how much ceramics are thriving. Not only do we appreciate pottery more and are interested in buying, but there is also more interest in taking classes on the wheel.



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Brown is not a hue but a shade. You can’t find it in the color wheel, but you must make it.

Brown has come a long way. It was one of the first pigments made of clay pigments containing iron and manganese oxides used by humankind on walls of prehistoric caves.

Brown was left for the poor when it came to dyeing cloth, and the monks of the Franciscan order wore it as a sign of poverty and humility. That symbol of poverty remains today in our cultural DNA.

Brown gained prestige once an increased interest among the wealthy was driven towards soldier uniforms and leather coats. By the mid-1700s, Brown was an essential shade of the well-dressed European gentleman.

According to public surveys in Europe and the United States, Brown is the least popular color/shade in color psychology. The reason is Brown is associated with rotten/decomposed materials and poverty rather than thinking of soil and wood (which is a curious fact).

Brown is the least appreciated shade of all; still, it’s everywhere:

A nice summer tan stands for beauty. Brown reminds us to be in contact with nature; it feels cozy. A good patina talks about time, heritage, and values. We consume food and beverages that are brownish on a daily basis: (toasted) bread, coffee, tea, and cacao. Brown is very present in our homes. Our furniture is made from wood; plants are potted in soil, wool and leather are often used for textiles.

Images from TL to BR: Margarita Diaz del Castillo | Melanie Riccardi | Hebrante | The Cohesion Studio | Ropa de Género | Chechen Wood Design | Kråkvik Dorazio for Jotun, Ph: Line Klein | Kråkvik Dorazio for Jotun, Ph: Line Klein 


Color Of The Year 2020 Eclectic Trends


Color Of The Year 2020 The Cohesion StudioEclectic Trends

 The Cohesion Studio 

Color Of The Year 2020 Eclectic Trends

Kråkvik Dorazio for Jotun, Ph: Line Klein 

Color Of The Year 2020 Eclectic Trends

Melanie Riccardi  

Color Of The Year 2020 Ropa de Género Eclectic Trends

Ropa de Género

Color Of The Year 2020 Krakvik DorazoEclectic Trends

Kråkvik Dorazio for Jotun, Ph: Line Klein 


If soft tones and textures are your thing…
Launching our materials boxes: Fab Fibers


Comforting textures in timeless tones – What’s not to love? This box offers velvet,  cotton,  bouclé wool, jute, linen, and so much more.

We like to describe these fabric samples as your staple kit so that you can rely on it consistently in your creative work.



Color Of The Year 2020 The Universe of Brown Eclectic Trends


Color Of The Year 2020 Universe Of Brown Eclectic Trends

Katalina Ruliskaya

Color Of The Year 2020 | Eclectic Trends

Givenchy Spring 2020


The idea is to move away from reddish colors, but we left one exception within our 6-colors palette. Terra still has a touch of red glow but is getting much darker already.
The color denominations in the mood board reflect the fact that words for Brown around the world often come from foods or beverages.
Hazel, Terra, Chocolate, Toffee, Cinnamon, and Tobacco are our Colors Of The Year 2020.


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