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INTERIOR TRENDS | The Colours from Milan Design Week that will last in 2020

Looking for an update about the latest color trends in interiors and design?

Due to its international acclaim, Milan Design Week is the best event where to spot the latest news and trends in interior and design.

We spent the whole week in Milan for the design week of April 2019, visiting all the top locations and the Salone fair and we are ready to give you now a roundup of the top colours that will rock next year in interiors and design. Please note that this is a very partial report, as the full one is part of our new Trendbook: N/T 2 is an ebook with the top Trends for 2020 from Milan, that you can find here.

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I love to observe how the colour trends that we see are always the consequence of bigger trends, which are generated by macro changes in our society, interest, behaviours. As a consequence, they are reflected into new shapes, new colours, new finishes, in the interiors and design. This research is part of our new Trendbook and new trend Webinar that you can find here, where every single colour is part of a more consistent palette, each one referring and explaining the main macro trends happening now in interiros and design. 

But first, enjoy today this roundup of inspiring new colours as seen at the last Milan Design Week 2019. Be inspired and go back also to the past year’s reports below to enjoy more inspiration.

 Interior + Design Trends 2020:

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from Milan Design Week 2019


2020 color | #1 champagne


Glas italia


Carl Hansen

Carl Hansen

Carl Hansen

CC Tapis

2020 color trend | #2 lemon yellow


Vitra – ph Eduardo Perez

Normann Copenaghen



Planetario by Cristina Celestino

Louis Vuitton, Objets Nomades

2020 color trend | #3 pumpkin red

Elle Decor at Work


Bla station




2020 color trend | #4 fucsia

Sky Frame


Normann Copenaghen



2020 color trend | #5 sky blue

Masquespacio x Poggi Ugo

Palermouno, ph Davide Buscaglia

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From the Past Years:


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from Milan Design Week 2018

The top colors for 2019 spotted at Milan Design Week 2018 are:

  1.   Gen-Z yellow: a vivid yellow that was one of the main colors of several settings in Milan, starting from Vitra Typecasting to Mindcraft, to name a few.
  2. International klein blue: a deep and bold hue of blue, an everlasting color which this year was really popular in several new designs presented at Milan Design Week (see gallery below)
  3. Mangoa new color spotted this year in several settings (for example, tehre was a beautiful corner by Vitra in this color). It is a bright and warm hue of orange
  4. Red: this was another protagonist of this edition of Milan Design Week. From the bold primary red, to darker reds to burgundy

Talking then about pastel hues, referring to a neo-retro mood, they included:

  1. Millennial pink: still here and almost everywhere in Milan, but as it was really too much about pink I’m quite sure it already had its moment this year. Much more interesting than pink, very soft hues of nude and peach, chosen by several designers in Milan in place of total white and neutrals
  2. Light green: also defined neo-mint , looks that this pastel hue of green will be the top trending color for 2020 

||  Remember I already forecasted about neo-mint in this post THE NEW GREENS ?

What about the Pantone 2018 ultraviolet?

That was used just in a few spots, but that were quite interesting ones (such as the Gufram installation, the Dimorestudio Limited edition launch, the Moroso stand at Salone) to make me think we are going to see again more violets. Maybe not exactly the ultra violet one, but lilac and fucsia for sure.

Enjoy now our gallery of the color trends for 2019 as seen at Milan Design Week :


2019 color | #1 gen-z yellow


1.Mindcraft, ph   2. Vitra Typecasting, ph   3. Svedish Design Moves, ph Mattia Buffoli 4. Gufram 5. Moroso

2019 color | #2 neo-mint

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1.Studiopepe, ph Andrea Ferrari; 2.Marcante-Testa per SEM (Spotti Edizioni Millano)Spotti Edizioni Milano; 3-5. Kartell; 6. Hawa Beirut

2019 color | #3 IKB

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1.Marni; 2. Vitra ph   ; 3. Sunbrella; 4. Anton Alvarez  ; 5. Ingo Maurer; 6. Studiopepe, ph Giuseppe Dinella; 7. Daniel+Emma; 8. Magis

2019 color | #4 mango

1.Vitra, ph Eduardo Perez ; 2. Dutch invertuals



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from Milan Design Week 2017


The big trend is to go more and more towards bright and strong shades. This return to color goes together with a return to the Eighties and its strong design and colour (…). here my notes:

  1. In Milan here was pink everywhere, as already noticed in Maison et Objet here, especially in the barbie-like pink and in the “millennial pink“.
  2. Primary colors come back, especially red, the yellow (yes the Minion one), the blue (the klein blue).
  3. Then there are all the warm and earthy tones  I already talked about here, but becoming brighter: from orange, a color I personally dislike but that I’ve seen a lot and that was incorporated in really nice ways ; burgundy red, that reminds me about Pantone Marsala – color of the year 2015.
  4. Loved the violet and dark turquoise match, which I have noticed several times: looks like we will see a lot of violet&purple in next times, right?  [ indeed, several months later than this post Pantone announced then  Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet ]
  5. Lots of green as well, although the trend is to go from the dark and desaturated shades that we’ve seen a lot last year (remember here?) to more natural and vitaminic hues: there was no Pantone 2017 Greenery in Milan, but new interesting shades of sage, celery and avocado greens. Love them!

What are your thoughts on this? What is your favourite color proposal from Milan Design Week 2017?


interior color trends 2018

2018 color | #1 millennial pink

1 | Rhié – 2 | Yabu Pushelberg – 3 | casa facile Lab – 4 | Cassina 9.0 – 5 | Sharon Radisch – 6 |  Moça table, Pedro Paulo Venzon – 7 | La Refuge, Marc Lagrange

2018 color | #2 curcuma & mustard yellow

1, 2 , 3 | via – 4 | Jonas Wagell for Tacchini – 5 | MM Lampadari


 1 | Fritz hansen – 2 | cassina 9.0 – 3 | DIMORE STUDIO – 4 |  Studiopepe

2018 color | #8 burgundy red

1 | Tangent floor lamp,  Jenkins&Uhnger – 2 | DIMORE STUDIO – 3, 4 | FÄRG & BLANCHE – 5 | Salvatori at Home – 6 |  Bolon by Jean Nouvel  – 7 | Swedish Design Goes Milan – 8 | Patricia Urquiola for CC Tapis




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