7 Paint Color Trends We’ll See in 2020

7 Paint Color Trends We’ll See in 2020 reveals the rainbow of hues we’re likely to see reigning on Pinterest as well as dripping from our paint brushes this year. To arrive at these paint color predictions, I reviewed reports from my favorite design sites, browsed the work of my design pals, noticed themes emerging in the decor queries I receive, and contemplated my own milieu as well.

Naval paint color by Sherwin Williams on the kitchen cabinets of a beautiful classic kitchen with calacatta backsplash and brass bridge faucet. #sherwinwilliamsnaval #paintcolors #kitchendesign #bluecabinets #bluepaintcolor
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Naval – 7 Paint Color Trends We’ll See in 2020…in case you need smart paint color ideas!

More than any other color, BLUE stands out as a color I see growing in popularity.

It’s all too easy to love whether it covers kitchen cabinets in a classic way (above) or envelops a bedroom with velvety goodness (below – a la Sherry Hart’s masterful touch).

7 Paint Color Trends in 2020

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Newburyport Blue paint color on walls of bedroom by Benjamin Moore - Design by Sherry Hart. #newburyportblue #benjaminmoore #paintcolors #navybluepaint #bestnavyblue #interiordesign #bluebedroom
Design: Sherry Hart/Design Indulgence

According to BHG, in 2020, consumers will look beyond those atmospheric grey paint colors wildly popular in years past. Ever wonder where paint color predictions come from?

Newburyport Blue paint color on walls of bedroom by Benjamin Moore - Design by Sherry Hart. #newburyportblue #benjaminmoore #paintcolors #navybluepaint #bestnavyblue #interiordesign #bluebedroom
Design Indulgence – 7 Paint Color Trends We’ll See in 2020…in case you need smart paint color ideas!

Who Decides Paint Color Trends in 2020?

While Pantone has established itself as an esteemed color expert (drawing upon color psychology and consulting), paint companies make it their business to deeply understand and investigate how color and consumers interact.

Charming butler pantry! This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor
We gushed over this Fixer Upper famed home HERE.

Since paint brands are guided by purchasing decisions of customers and their product development relies upon understanding demand, the opinions of “color experts” truly matter.

Such experts synthesize data from trends and culture to forecast what colors homeowners are likely to roll on their walls.

Newburyport Blue paint color on walls of bedroom by Benjamin Moore - Design by Sherry Hart. #newburyportblue #benjaminmoore #paintcolors #navybluepaint #bestnavyblue #interiordesign #bluebedroom
Design Indulgence – Best Paint Colors Chosen by Designers as Well as Photos of Inspiring Interiors.

Why Do Some Paint Colors Get Popular?

How does a color expert intelligently assess what colors we’ll reach for in a given year?

Andrea Magno of Benjamin Moore told AD that experts spend months researching and traveling the globe “picking up cues and influences from different industries, including fashion, art, and even politics.”

BEHR Sterling paint color on accent wall in a bedroom.
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In that same article, Erika Woelful (an expert at Behr), noted that paint colors searched on Pinterest and even popular nail polish colors influence the forecast.

Newburyport Blue paint color on walls of bedroom by Benjamin Moore - Design by Sherry Hart. #newburyportblue #benjaminmoore #paintcolors #navybluepaint #bestnavyblue #interiordesign #bluebedroom
Design Indulgence – 7 Paint Color Trends We’ll See in 2020…in case you need smart paint color ideas!

Pantone analyzes cultural influences such as the entertainment industry, fine art, travel, fashion, and design as well as “new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions.”

As you might imagine, technology is also an influencer of color along with “social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.”

1. Mindful & Classic Blues

Here’s the color Pantone chose as their color of the year: Classic Blue, which they say is the sort of stable and trustworthy blue one can rely upon.

Plastic Chips Streamline color communication for plastic products, hard goods, and 3D print materials
2020 Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue… Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

“We’re living in a time that requires trust and faith.”

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute
Newburyport Blue paint color on walls of bedroom by Benjamin Moore - Design by Sherry Hart. #newburyportblue #benjaminmoore #paintcolors #navybluepaint #bestnavyblue #interiordesign #bluebedroom
Design Indulgence – BENJAMIN MOORE Newburyport Blue
Gorgeous and classic navy blue paint color: Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore. #benjaminmoore #newburyportblue #navybluepaint #paintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Newburyport Blue
Magnificent backyard modern playhouse painted Sherwin Williams Naval. #paintcolors #sherwinwilliamsnaval #bluepaintcolor #navybluepaint
Vintage Revivals – SHERWIN WILLIAMS Naval on a playhouse!
Naval blue paint color by Sherwin Williams. #navybluepaint #naval #sherwinwilliamsnaval
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Naval

In my own home, I have begun to rely on paints from Behr and Glidden and especially love to order samples from Home Depot. You can snag as many as 8 of them with free shipping…so I am linking to a few favs seen here.

Chinese Porcelain PPG paint color in a blue bedroom. #bluebedroom #chineseporcelain #paintcolors
Glidden/PPG’s Color of the Year: Chinese Porcelain

2. Nurturing Warm Neutrals

Warm khaki green painted board and batten paneling with green velvet sofa.
Omghomedecor – Best Paint Colors Chosen by Designers as Well as Photos of Inspiring Interiors.
 Chambery Upholstered Bed.
Chambery Upholstered Bed – Best Paint Colors Chosen by Designers as Well as Photos of Inspiring Interiors.
Creamy Mushroom Behr paint color in stairway nook. #creamymushroom #behrcreamymushroom #paintcolors
Paint color: BEHR Creamy Mushroom
BEHR Park Avenue paint color on board and batten paneled walls of a coastal bathroom - Design Sponge. #parkavenue #behrparkavenue #paintcolors #mushroompaintcolor
Design Sponge – BEHR Park Avenue paint color in bathroom.
BEHR MARQUEE 8 oz. #MQ2-55 Park Avenue One-Coat Hide Matte Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One Sample
BEHR Park Avenue (Ships Free – up to 8 samples!)

3. Deeply Organic & Earthy

Leanne Ford painted this gorgeous staircase PPG Black Magic, while wals are PPG Sugar Soap, and trim is PPG Delicate White. #blackmagic #ppgblackmagic #paintcolors #blackpaintcolor
Design: Leanne Ford for HGTV’s Restored by the Fords (Photo: Reid Rolls Interiors). Paint color on staircase: PPG/GLIDDEN Black Magic – walls: PPG/GLIDDEN Sugar Soap – trim: PPG/GLIDDEN Delicate White.
Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain black paint color on walls of beautiful bedroom designed by Sherry Hart. #ironmountain #benjaminmooreironmountain #paintcolors #darkpaintcolors #b;aclbedrpp,
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Iron Mountain. Photo/Design: Sherry Hart.
Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain soft black paint color.
BENJAMIN MOORE Iron Mountain
Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain black paint color on walls of beautiful bedroom designed by Sherry Hart. #ironmountain #benjaminmooreironmountain #paintcolors #darkpaintcolors #b;aclbedrpp,
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Iron Mountain/Photo/Design: Sherry Hart.

4. Peaceful Pastels

Light Drizzle paint color by Behr on a front door. #lightdrizzle #behrlightdrizzle #lightbluepaintcolor
Paint color on door: BEHR Light Drizzle
BEHR Nature's Reflection paint color. #behr #naturesreflection #paintcolors #pastelpaintcolor
Paint color on door: BEHR Nature’s Reflection
Greyhound by Benjamin Moore on front door of beautiful white Tudor home exterior in Denver by Studio McGee. #greyhound #benjaminmooregreyhound #paintcolors #greypaintcolors
Studio McGee – door paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound; brick is painted BENJAMIN MOORE China White.
A gorgeous soft grey-green paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound. #benjaminmooregreyhound #greypaintcolor #paintcolors #interiordesign
BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound
A beautiful grey-green painted front door on a white brick home.
Decorpad – Best Paint Colors Chosen by Designers as Well as Photos of Inspiring Interiors.

5. Sophisticated & Subtle

Reclaimed wood doors in kitchen. This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor
Joanna Gaines – HGTV’s Fixer Upper
BEHR Classic Silver on cabinets in a kitchen with Viatera quartz counters (Soprano). #classicsilver #behrclassicsilver #paintcolors
Hello Lovely Studio – BEHR Classic Silver
Behr Classic Silver grey paint color that is very close to Annie Sloan Paris Grey chalk paint.
BEHR Classic Silver

6. Nature’s Favorite

Front door is painted Behr Back to Nature - the 2020 Color of the year, bringing a calm yellowy-green option with a natural vibe! #paintcolor #greenpaint #calmpaintcolor
Paint color on door: BEHR Back to Nature
BEHR Back to Nature paint color is Behr's 2020 color of the year - it's a yellowy green with a peaceful vibe.
BEHR Back To Nature is Behr’s 2020 Color of the Year is this calm, yellowy green which reminds me a little of a pear’s hue.
Walls: Back to Nature S340-4
   Trim: Back to Nature S340-4
   Cabinets: Back to Nature S340-4
Beautiful green paint color: BEHR Back to Nature

7. Chalky Blues

In the staircase room a door is painted PPG Phantom - as part of the Smith project on HGTV's Restored by the Fords with design by Leanne Ford. #paintcolors #interiordesign #ppg #phantom #leanneford #restoredbythefords
Design: Leanne Ford/HGTV Restored by the Fords – Photo: Reid Rolls. Paint color on door: PPG/GLIDDEN Phantom; walls are PPG Delicate White and trim is PPG Sugar Soap.
PPG Phantom paint color on walls.
Paint color on walls; PPG/GLIDDEN Phantom
Blue Blood PPG paint color is used as a unique stripe around an archway in a dining room on HGTV;s Restored by the Fords with design by Leanne Ford. #blueblood #ppg #paintcolors #interiordesign #leanneford #restoredbythefords #diningroom #stripe
Design: Leanne Ford – Photo: Reid Rolls Interiors. Stripe around archway is PPG/GLIDDEN Blue Blood paint color.

YOUR TURN: What colors do you expect to see emerging in 2020?

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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10 Comments

  1. February 8, 2020 / 9:27 am

    I agree with the blues – in fact, we painted our dining room SW Naval a couple years ago and I feel happy every time I walk in there. Best decision ever! I’m glad to see people appreciating color but I also enjoy some neutrals.
    Shelley

    • Michele
      Author
      February 8, 2020 / 12:25 pm

      Hi Shelley! Thanks for the vote for NAVAL – what a wonderful color for a dining room and forget trends, how timeless! You know I’m a neutral girl too as I’m so comforted by the many shades of white (which is all the colors after all!). I’m ready for the color to come back to my garden. šŸ™‚

  2. Theresa
    February 8, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    You seem to read my mind … or my anxieties! We are remodeling to kitchen and I picked Star Mark’s blueberry Shaker cabinets … pale gray walls, white marble mosaic tile backsplash, etc. I had a moment of panic and thought, “Maybe I should have gone with gray or white cabinets!” Then I looked at Pinterest (blue cabinets) and remembered that I wanted to walk into our kitchen (southeast corner) and be happy and peaceful at the same time. (I also wanted to make my husband’s love of blue come into the picture.) The contractor is sending pics/video of cabinets and I DO LOVE ‘EM! Whew!! What I love about this blue is that the cabinets, depending on the sunlight / shade, sometimes look black. Thanks for showing ‘blue’ off!!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 9, 2020 / 5:53 pm

      So happy you feel more at peace about the decision – it’s so good to take some risks, and I can just imagine how chic it will all look together. Blue is so classic, and I think it’s the favorite color of the majority of people. The way I see it – years down the line – you or someone else could change the color if for any reason it no longer felt right. With having southeast light…bonus! šŸ™‚

  3. February 9, 2020 / 1:13 pm

    Hi Michele!
    I loved seeing your framed drawing in the bedroom shot! It looks great! Also, Iā€™m obsessed with that rich shade of blue. It looks so fantastic on the lower kitchen cabinets in the first photo. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a beautiful Sunday my friend!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 9, 2020 / 1:42 pm

      It’s a treasure for sure and continues to inspire me, Holly. Thank you so much for creating it and using your gifts to birth beauty into the world. xox

  4. Mumbai
    February 10, 2020 / 10:52 am

    like blue sky but not blue walls, even it’s Pantone colour of this year.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 10, 2020 / 12:50 pm

      I hear you – getting blue walls right is quite a feat. I have tried all sorts of colors on my walls over the years but find I tire easily of saturated hues and return to comforting neutrals. šŸ™‚

  5. Rachel
    May 6, 2020 / 10:52 pm

    Hi! Is the blue door underneath the Studio McGee house also greyhound? I love it! Thanks!

    • Michele
      Author
      May 7, 2020 / 2:59 pm

      It looks very similar, and in researching this color, that image kept popping up. Since I couldn’t find confirmation, I can’t say for sure that this aqua/green/grey is greyhound but it sure is close.

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