2020’s Hottest Color Trends

As I’m sure you could have guessed, all interior design color trends are heavily influenced by what is happening in fashion trends. This can even go as far to influencing fabric and materials and finishes used. Overall, color plays a huge part in the mood and ambiance that a room gives off – It also has the power to make a space seem larger or smaller than it actually is. Here are the colors making a big statement in 2020!

“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

Rhythm, Jazz and Navy Blues – Pantone named “Classic Blue” as their color of the year for 2020. Their description of this color is “suggestive of the sky at dusk … a rich, dark blue.” (Can we talk about their description of the color, I mean… Wow). In other words, NAVY! I’ve personally been OBSESSED with the color navy for the home for about a year and I’m so glad people are coming around to it (I know, I’m always before my time.. just look at our wedding photos – we searched EVERYWHERE for galvanized tins and now, they’re on every big box store end cap). Whether it’s an accent wall for a dramatic contrast against white baseboards, an entire room, add a touch of color to an island in an otherwise neutral kitchen; Navy is making a push to pass up the neutral gray that is being put in homes all over.

Navy blue provides the perfect amount of contrast for interiors and exteriors in both traditional and modern home styles,” said interior designer Kerrie Kelly, who founded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.

Pop the Champagne – Light, warm and airy, but still a more bold choice than beige or off-white for a room color. To me, this color gives off a more modern, but luxurious, vibe and would pair VERY well will both silver and gold hardware accents. I can see this color replacing the cooler grays we’re SO used to seeing in recently updated homes (Because gray has practically dominated the “neutrals” world for nearly a decade). This champagne color gives a more earthy touch your interior but still isn’t bright or overbearing, throwing off the “Zen” that we’re all trying to achieve these days!

That 70’s Glow, Dusty Green is Back – Behr’s color “Back to Nature” was named their 2020 Color of the Year. This nature inspired lightened tone of olive green absolutely screams “relaxation!” I am definitely here for the more muted and lighter tones of colors we saw the past few years (IE: jewel tones) that make things a little less in your face when you walk into a room. I’m betting we will start seeing this in bathrooms to give off a spa-like vibe, or maybe even in kitchens to create that “Wellness Kitchen” concept. I know, you’re like “what the hell is a wellness kitchen concept?”

Wellness Kitchen: This is where the idea of a healthy lifestyle meets a clean, fresh space in your home. Specifically, your kitchen is the ideal place to implement more “green” ways of living… starting with your diet. The clean, open and fresh look of a bright kitchen with calming colors and living plants (Hence, the color choice. Are you seeing a trend? Pun intended) provides a modern setting – Add in open shelving lightly filled with kitchenware made from natural materials and voilà!

Charcoal is the New Black – You knew there was going to be at least one dark, deep color on this list! Our accent wall in our bedroom is currently charcoal and somehow, makes our bedroom look massive (Spoiler Alert: It is not, massive). This color pairs perfectly with other shades of gray while also adding visual interest and depth to your space. Being neutral, you can’t really go wrong in any room you put it in, no matter how you decorate it! I personally think this would make a good formal dining room color, providing a closer, more intimate setting – Unless there’s not a fair to good amount of natural light, then that’s like eating dinner in a cave – don’t do it.

Don’t Make Me Blush – While this color was coined “Millennial Pink” back in 2016, it’s still making an impact on interior design trends today. Contrary to popular belief, this color should never just be restricted to nursery walls or being paired with gray and gold accents in a teenage girls room. Benjamin Moore agrees, as their color, “First Light 2102-70” was named their color of the year for 2020. They refer to it as “A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential.” Say no more – take my money. What a refreshing change from a plain white room. Use this to brighten up a powder room that all guests will be sure to see!

“Neutrals are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down.” – Mihai in “Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood”

Straight from the Earth – Some things don’t fade in a single years time, as proven here with Sherwin Williams’ color of the year from 2019, Cavern Clay. You can expect to continue seeing this terracotta inspired color on accent walls for a friendly, energetic touch. “One of the emerging design trends is an appreciation of patina and age and this is one avenue to invoke it through color,” says Breeze Giannasio. This muted burnt orange gives an aged, seasoned look but still provides the spark any shade of orange would for a room’s ambiance.

So that’s my collective list of color trends for the year – I’m anxious to see what sticks around! If I’ve inspired you to paint, be sure to pay attention to the type and finish of paint you’re buying! Nothing screams “Holy crap – I messed up” like a super matte, chalky finish on your freshly painted walls! Happy decorating!