For months, designers and color experts from around the globe have been looking forward. Forward not only to the coming year, but to the next decade: the 2020s. They have taken inspiration from the natural world. Global movements and tipping points around us have generated visual inspiration. And the result is a wide-ranging palette of Colors of the Year with many elements in common.
As you view the hues below, note how some tints inspire your spirit of excitement and discovery. Other shades inspired by nature were chosen to help ground you in this time of transition. A couple colors even look backwards in time, pulling memories of traditions forward to help carry us into the year and decade ahead.
Whereas the 2019 Colors of the Year were chosen to transport you to another space, these hues call upon you to take stock of where you are now, and how you want to move forward in time. Here are the 2020 Colors of the Year, as named by six major paint companies.
Behr: Back to Nature S340-4
The Behr 2020 Color Trends palette was inspired by the elements of nature: earth, sky, water, and plant life. Each hue was chosen to work well alone or in combination to demonstrate the spirit of discovery in the world around us as we enter the next decade. As a full palette of invigorating and restorative hues, it creates a unique look for your home and style.
The Behr Color of the Year, Back to Nature, was chosen because of its ability to infuse vitality and life into any room. Called nature’s favorite color, Back to Nature is a restorative and revitalizing green hue that engages the senses and pairs well with other colors both inside and outside your home.
See Back to Nature and the full Behr 2020 Color Trends palette on behr.com.
Benjamin Moore: First Light 2102-70
The ten harmonious hues of the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2020 palette deliver modern paint color pairings that combine optimism with understatement. The result is a fresh palette that offers a timeless way to lighten up your space.
First Light, their Color of the Year, is a bright wash of pink. The soft, rosy hue is blooming with potential and a revitalized spirit, making it the perfect backdrop for a bright new decade. As a refreshing alternative to white or beige, First Light also flatters any space and plays well with other colors.
See First Light and the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2020 palette at benjaminmoore.com.
Dunn-Edwards®: Minty Fresh (DE5687)
The Dunn-Edwards® 2020 Color of the Year extends the strong and continued influence of nature-inspired green hues, from lighter cactus and mints to darker teal blue-green, in both color and design trends. Their choice of Minty Fresh is a subtle and relaxing pastel that conveys the partnership between technology and nature. It captures the enthusiasm and optimism of a new decade, and it leaves you with an invigorating feeling of potential—one that’s Minty Fresh!
See Minty Fresh in action at dunnedwards.com.
Graham & Brown: Adeline
Each year, Graham & Brown, based in the UK, pairs their Color of the Year with a Wallpaper of the Year. For 2020, their paper choice is “Bloomsbury,” named in honor of a group of intellectuals formed in 1907 who epitomised the unconventional, eclectic, and artistic Bohemian lifestyle.
To compliment the Bloomsbury design, Graham & Brown have chosen Adeline as their 2020 Color of the Year. Adeline was the given name of author Virginia Woolf, who was a founding figure within the Bloomsbury group. Adeline the shade is a deep and rich bottle green that works perfectly with most other colors. This statement paint color picks out the leaves of the Bloomsbury design while perfectly partnering with the neo mint wallpaper background.
See this historically inspired color and wallpaper in action together at grahambrown.com.
PPG: Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6)
In a fast-paced world where sleep is viewed as a luxury, PPG’s Color of the Year offers the escapism that many crave within today’s technologically-driven society. Chinese Porcelain is a blend of calming cobalt and moody ink blue that imparts a natural-toned restfulness while also offering the spirit of hopefulness. This rich and traditional hue provides the perfect backdrop for vivacious colors to pop. But it also pairs naturally with crisp whites, like its namesake.
Chinese Porcelain is also the focal point for the broader PPG 2020 Global Color Trends Forecast, which was developed around the overarching theme of Flow.
See Chinese Porcelain and the PPG 2020 Global Color Trends Forecast at ppgpaints.com.
Sherwin-Williams: Naval SW 6244
Sherwin-Williams invites you to quiet the mind and soothe the soul with a color that mirrors the night sky. Naval is the keystone of a clean palette for self-nurturance and confidence, empowering a year of change that focuses on bringing your best self into existence. The shade fuses the striking and bold opulence of Art Deco influences of the century past with the awe‑inspiring power of the infinite night sky and the mysterious depths of the sea. The result is an infinite feeling that reflects where we’ve been and where we’re going as we enter a new decade centered around mindfulness.
Pair Naval’s boldness with shades of gold for a combination that’s written in the stars. Or match with deep shades of biophilic greens for a grounded, down-to-earth presence.
See the 2020 Key Color Combinations for Naval at sherwin-williams.com.