Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


Cover - USD ($)
$ in Millions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Feb. 18, 2021
Jun. 30, 2020
Cover [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Document Annual Report true    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2020    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Document Transition Report false    
Entity File Number 001-36272    
Entity Registrant Name Element Solutions Inc    
Entity Incorporation, State DE    
Entity Tax Identification Number 37-1744899    
Entity Address, Street Address 500 East Broward Boulevard,    
Entity Address, Suite Number Suite 1860    
Entity Address, City Fort Lauderdale,    
Entity Address, State FL    
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 33394    
City Area Code 561    
Local Phone Number 207-9600    
Title of each class Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share    
Trading symbol(s) ESI    
Name of each exchange on which registered NYSE    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Small Business false    
Entity Emerging Growth Company false    
Entity Shell Company false    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   247,100,847  
ICFR Auditor Attestation Flag true    
Entity Public Float     $ 2,250
Documents Incorporated by Reference Portions of the Company’s definitive 2021 Proxy Statement are incorporated by reference into Part III of this 2020 Annual Report.    
Amendment Flag false    
Entity Central Index Key 0001590714    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2020    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY