2020 Home Color Trends

By Susan Young | Color Joy

2020 color of the year - Naval

Excited to find out the 2020 Color of the Year? Well, I sure was! As a design professional, I have inside-access to the trends and insights from the top products in the interior design industry. When it comes to paint color, companies like Sherwin-Williams put a lot of thought into choosing the color of the year, as well as the color palette to guide an entire industry. This Fall, I was present at the Indiana Design Center's ColorMix Forecast for 2020. During the presentation, Sherwin-Willams reps discussed the meaning behind this year's color forecast. See what I learned...


2020 Color of the Year: Naval SW 6244 (253-C6)

Forty-five trending colors in five palette collections represent this year's ColorMix forecast for 2020 paint colors. I must say that I am loving all of the combinations and hearing the meaning behind the color selections. Again, the color choices relate back to our personalities, personal habits, trends and overall preferences of this era. In addition, they all balance each other and work together to create a mood, a feeling and a sense of well-being. To lead the way is this year's Sherwin-Williams 2020 Color for the Year, Naval, a deep navy blue.

2020 Color of the Year - Naval by Sherwin-Williams

Naval is a preppy and timeless color that serves as the foundation for the first color palette, coined Alive. This palette, influenced by optimism, authenticity and a nod to locally-made products, features colors found in nature. Naval pairs well with other earthy colors such as Cavern Clay, Touch of Sand, Endless Sea, Ripe Olive and Sleepy Blue. In interior applications, you could pair this palette with natural accents, fabrics and textures such as leather, wood and terra cotta for a relaxed feel. Finally, geometric shapes such as hexagon would modernize this look.

Sherwin Williams 2020 ALIVE color palette

I'm loving these earthy, muted colors in the ALIVE palette with the Naval blue.

Mantra: A Nod to Minimalism and Serenity

The subdued, gray, beige and pink tones in the MANTRA palette have a familiar feel. Americans have been drawn to neutral palettes of gray and creamy white for a while now. This color scheme simply adds a hint of color to modernize the look, while keeping it minimal and peaceful. These chalky pastels would look great in any room in the home, from the bedroom to the kitchen. According to Sherwin-Williams, relaxing in our homes is the new luxury. Thus, this color palette gives off a meditative vibe. I actually love this color palette, despite my love of bright and fun colors. It would be beautiful in a girl's bedroom design.

2020 Colors of the Year - Muted grays and pinks

Photo by: Sherwin-Williams: The MANTA color palette for 2020 features a gorgeous mix of muted pinks, grays, beiges and creamy whites.

My Favorite of the 2020 Color of the Year Palette: PLAY

Sherwin-Williams recognizes that everyone's going neutral these days. That's why in this palette, they encourage us to play up that white with pops of color (a company after my heart!). This palette features colors called Rock Candy (which is a white but just sounds fun), Aquarium - an aqua blue, and a bright and bold Eros Pink. These colors would look great in a living or family room, basement rec room or children's bedroom. Sherwin-Williams called these colors "the aesthetics of joy" which is a great way to say that happy is the new healthy. Enjoy some color, people. These colors are similar to ones I have in my living room. Think berry colors with dark blues and mustard yellows and gold. First, check out some of the colors in my living room. Next, see some of the curated items I found online (click to view and shop!)

PLAY palette for 2020 color schemes

Haven and Heart - Home Color Trends Coordinating with the Colors of the Year

The last two color palettes both feature calming and harmonious color combinations. HAVEN uses colors reminiscent of sea, forest and sky - hues of blue, gray and green. Again, this goes along with the gray trend but introduces subtle accent colors. Alternatively, the HEART collection uses more earth tones of beige and tan. For example, the mood of that palette is comfort, with worldly and eclectic pieces and natural materials. 

Muted neutral color palette - Sherwin Williams Colormix

Shop the 2020 Color of the Year and ColorMix Palettes for your Home

Here are some home accessories and pieces I curated from the 2020 home color trends from Sherwin-Williams. You may find something inspiring to add to your home's decor (Click each photo to shop -- all of the photos with home products are clickable to the item). Interested in a mood board for your next room renovation? Check out my Indianapolis interior Decorating or e-Design services. I'd be happy to help you create a room based on one of these or your own, custom color palette. Happy color-matching!

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About the Author

Susan is a Midwest mom of two and lover of all things colorful in the home. She works with homeowners to find their unique style and color palette while keeping their budgets and lifestyles in mind. You can find her hanging out on Instagram at @colorjoyinteriors or Twitter @getcolorjoy, where she shares her latest colorful projects and inspirations.