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Paint Color Trends | What to Expect in 2020

January 1, 2020

Are you someone who follows the anticipated paint color trends each year? I love when big paint brands choose a color of the year and find it fascinating the thought that is put into each decision. Last year there were mixed reviews with the Sherwin Williams choice of Cavern Clay but I feel like 2020 has all crowd pleasers!

Here is a roundup of the paint color trends to expect in 2020.


2020 Color Trends

2020 is the start of a new decade and that does not seem to be lost on these paint brands. There is a common theme of renewal and calm with each color of the year. Blue and green hues seem to dominate the 2020 color trends and I am not mad about it! I love a deep blue and earthy green and the pink/blush trends. I must admit, I am still not over the Millennial pink trend and these pinky hues are just what I need in my 2020 color wheelhouse.

Pantone: Classic Blue

This pretty, tranquil blue can easily be used to anchor a space. Pantone puts A LOT of thought into the colors they choose each year and the explanation of why Classic Blue was chosen for 2020 is fantastic. Looking to start fresh in this new decade? Consider adding Classic Blue to your home.

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.

Pantone
Pantone's 2020 color of the year - Classic Blue

Behr: Back to Nature

The 2020 color of the year is Back to Nature. This is a beautiful, earthy green that goes great on walls, cabinets and even the exterior of your home! This color pairs well in a space with natural elements like plants and neutral colors found in nature. Check out their full 2020 color palette, they are beautiful!

I used this color on my cabinets when I renovated my laundry room for under $300. This beautiful green brought in the earth tones I was looking for while achieving the modern look in the space.

Paint color trends in 2020 - Back to Nature by Behr | Full recap of all paint brands color of the year #pantone #paintcolor #homerenovation #homedesign #paint
Back to Nature by Behr
Paint color trends in 2020 - Back to Nature by Behr | Full recap of all paint brands color of the year #pantone #paintcolor #homerenovation #homedesign #paint
Back to Nature by Behr

And here is another example of this earthy green being applied on cabinets.

Behr Back to Nature 2020 color of the year
Back to Nature by Behr

Sherwin Williams: Naval

Sherwin Williams follows the theme of nature with its color of the year choice, Naval. I love reading the story behind the color choice – what it represents, how it can make you feel and colors that pair well with it in your space. This bold color easily becomes the neutral in a room. Dark, bold hues like Naval are great for making a big statement in smaller spaces. Try painting a small half bathroom in this color or the ceiling of a bedroom!

It also looks amazing on the exterior of a home. Beginning in the Middle used this color on one of their flips and it is stunning!

This bold hallway is really calling my name. So stunning!

Naval paint color

Benjamin Moore: First Light

I love this soft and airy pink! First Light may be the winner for my daughters bedroom walls. It is the perfect pink neutral to put on walls and grow into over the years. Check out their full 2020 color palette that showcases 10 color trends.

A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2020, First Light 2102-70, is the backdrop for a bright new decade.

Benjamin Moore

HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams: Romance

Romance is another beautiful pink paint option. This beautiful blush again proves that pink can be the perfect neutral. Julia from Tag and Tibby used this color in her office and I love the calming effect it gives the space!

HGTV Home Romance paint color
Tag and Tibby

Graham & Brown: Adeline

Some describe the Adeline paint color as “oxygenating”. The jewel toned green brings the outdoors in with this beautiful green color. Similar to the deep navy’s and blues, this bold green is a great anchor for a space and can easily act as a neutral.

2020 color trend - Graham and Brown Adeline

Dunn-Edwards: Minty Fresh

Dunn-Edwards describes Minty Fresh as calm that reflects purity and new beginnings. Perfect for a new decade! This color is really pretty and refreshing. It would look great in a bathroom to give it that spa-like feel.

Minty Fresh color by Dunn Edwards
Minty Fresh by Dunn Edwards

PPG: Chinese Porcelain

PPG chose this color to represent a calmness in a restless world. Many of these brands actually chose colors that represent a sense of calm in a world where technology is everywhere and anxiety is high. Chinese Porcelain brings calmness and restful sleep while also reflecting hope as we enter a new decade.


I love all of the 2020 color trends! I love learning about the choice behind each color! Color is so powerful, I love its ability to create a mood and pull emotions out of people depending on how it is used. Choosing the color palette for your home should not be overlooked and understanding the way color can make you feel will help you to choose the best tone for the season of life you are in right now. What home projects are you thinking of right now where you can add one of these 2020 colors? I will definitely be adding some to my home this year!

Paint color trends in 2020 | Full recap of all paint brands color of the year #pantone #paintcolor #homerenovation #homedesign #paint

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5 Comments

  • Reply Kelli April 20, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Beautiful paint colors! Any idea what color gray is on the house with the beautiful blue door?

  • Reply Kelli April 20, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Beautiful paint colors! Any idea what color gray is on the house with the blue door?

    • Reply lindseymahoney April 21, 2020 at 11:44 am

      I am not sure of the gray color on the house! You could probably get pretty close if you brought it to a paint store and asked them to help color match.

  • Reply Paige May 6, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Try nimbus or nimbus cloud for the grey house color

    • Reply lindseymahoney May 7, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you for the recommendation!

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