Where 2018 and 2019 were all about minimalism and streamlining colors and decor, 2020 is shaping up to be all about richness and bold design. We’ll start seeing bold monochrome take over for flat whites and greys, and industrial aesthetics make room for layered textures. This year will be one for allowing your creativity and personality to dictate the vibe of your home, and we couldn’t be more excited for it.
Part of that shift in trend will be a move from muted earth tones to bright, candy-colored paint. We’ll begin to see these fun colors washing an entire room, from top to bottom, or cheering up an otherwise dull powder room or laundry room.
2020 Colors of the Year
Each year, James T. Davis forecasts paint colors in a similar way that design houses forecast fashion trends and Pantone forecasts graphic design color choices. It’s a fun part of our process and gives us an opportunity to connect not just with the interior design industries, but also to elements that influence them.
As we dug into the upcoming trends, we noticed a sense of freedom—of millennials and Gen Z influencing larger buying decisions and opting for expression rather than practicality. That isn’t to say these paint colors are solely for a younger generation, though. There are plenty of colors in our 2020 Colors of the Year that err on the calmer side as well.
We’re not one to play favorites with our paint colors, so we’ll be highlighting them for the rest of the year. However, here are just a few that we’re really looking forward to experimenting with in the coming months.
There’s nothing light or delicate about this punchy color. Ballet Cream takes the blush color we often associate with the ballet and amps it up a few notches. Equal parts peach and orange, we see this color playing well in a laundry room, bathroom or even a vibrant bedroom.
Within a similar palette as Ballet Cream is it’s slightly daintier counterpart, Shooting Star. Full of whimsy and lightness, Shooting Star is simply begging to be painted in a child’s bedroom or as an accent wall leading into a light-filled sunroom or porch. Shooting Star leans a bit to the pink side, but that doesn’t mean it’s solely a feminine color! We see this shade working well behind a gallery wall full of bold colors in a living room!
On the moodier side of the spectrum is Mullen Pink. More red than burgundy, this deep, rich color is practically begging to live among wooden and textured accents. If your home is an equal mix of modern and vintage elements, this color will help marry the two together.
Mustard tones had a moment in late 2019, and that’s a trend that will stick around into the New Year. Bright idea is the perfect mustard shade. Not too brown and not too yellow, it almost acts as a brighter neutral, with an uncanny ability to transform itself for just about any space or design aesthetic.
Try our Colors of the Year in Your Home
If you spent the holidays staring at your walls and daydreaming about what color you’ll experiment with next, we’ve got you covered. Simply request a sample of one or two of our 2020 Colors of the Year to try them out in your home!