The Definitive Guide To 2020 Color Palettes

Every year, various paint and color companies begin releasing their Color of The Year as both a forecast for what is to come in the upcoming trends and often as a barometer of what society is needing at the moment. For 2020, it is not just a new year and new outlook, but also a new decade and that has added some depth to the forecasted colors for this year.

As we round up the Color of the Year forecasts, a clear trend of colors and inspiration has appeared. Darker blues, rosy pinks, and nature-inspired greens are repeatedly showing up in both the selection for this year along with any accompanied palettes that have been selected. Beyond the trend of why these colors work, we are seeing the inspiration and the hopeful feel in the description for each selection. Words like "calm", "confidence", "fresh", and "vibrant" are used to describe many of these colors, and it shows how the Color of The Year selection is always a reflection of what the world might need in the coming year. Take a look at our collection of 2020 Color The Year Selections, and see which ones work for you and your home in the coming year.

1. Pantone: 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.”

Pantone is known as the definitive guide to color, and for this year, they are choosing a deep blue that can be used in many versatile ways. As is true for every year, Pantone has also released a series of palettes with Classic Blue featured in each.


2. Behr - Back To Nature


Behr’s color is a soft green for 2020, it has an almost mossy tone. Alongside it, they have also released the Behr 2020 Color Trends palette of 15 different colors inspired by natural elements such as the earth, sky, water, and flora.

Give-It-A-Try Greens

3. Sherwin-Williams - Naval

“...A rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence.”

This deep navy is paired with a golden shade of yellow, and with this rollout, Sherwin-Williams has given it a definitive Art Deco feel. While this color is not an earthy or nature-inspired green, this paint company highlights the need for biophilia in design. Biophilia is the human’s need to interact with nature, much of which is showing up more and more in design trends for the home.

4. Benjamin Moore - First Light

“A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential.”

Benjamin Moore’s First Light as their 2020 Color of the Year selection is a slight nod to the 1980s influence on design and culture that has been a source of inspiration for the last few years, and this refreshing color is paired with a pastel palette of ten colors that are certainly a nod to the retro-infused trends.

Pick-Me Pinks

5. PPG - Chinese Porcelain

“... A blend of cobalt and moody, ink blue that imparts calmness and restful sleep while also offering the spirit of hopefulness – a rare commodity in a restless world.”

The deep blue that PPG has selected for 2020, has a slight gray undertone and is inspired by the blue painting on porcelain of Chinese pottery. This color is a more understated blue, but quite versatile as it can transcend a wide variety of design styles.

Can't-Get-Enough Cobalt

6. Pratt & Lambert - Songbird

“Crisp, clean and vibrant, Songbird speaks to our desire to bring in natural colors with energy. Minimalistic and optimistic, this youthful shade soars.”

The brightest Color of The Year thus far, Pratt & Lambert’s fresh green is bright and bold for 2020 and comes with a palette of 20 additional colors and suggestions on how one might combine them in a single space. They have a downloadable forecast brochure that features these colors and inspirational photos for any home.

Must-Have Mint

Overall, it is clear that this year's colors are inspiring hope and calmness through shades of deep blue, rosy pinks, and splashes of earthy greens. Many of these are a great source of inspiration for your home as you bring fresh new colors into your spaces.

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