2020 Color Trends

By now you've probably seen the big design news; Pantone's Color of the Year for 2020, Classic Blue, has been announced. The choosing of a color or palette of the year is a popular trend forecasting topic, not just for Pantone but paint companies and color experts around the globe. Color forecasting, now a cultural phenomenon, was brought to center stage two decades ago by Pantone. This is typically achieved by analyzing world-wide trends across all industries and cultures more than a year in advance, looking for patterns, themes, and multiplicity. When it comes to upcoming trends we look to Pantone, Behr, Sherwin Williams, and Benjamin Moore, and this year we're seeing themes not just in color but in inspiration.


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." We couldn't agree more with this sentiment and are excited to see so much meaning behind this year's pick. Classic Blue is a timeless color and a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of a new decade.  


"As we enter the next decade, we strive for vibrancy in life and shape it how we choose. As 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." Behr's entire 2020 color palette brings nature to mind, which we think will be a big hit with any project inspired by biophilic design. We love the notion of bringing nature indoors as we do it every day with our natural materials and we're looking forward to seeing colors like Back to Nature in commercial spaces.

Behr - Back to Nature


Benjamin Moore - First Light



"The ten harmonious hues of the Color Trends 2020 palette, including First Light, deliver modern paint color pairings that combine optimism with understatement, a timeless way to lighten up." The soft pink of First Light isn't a color we get to play with often but we're hoping this year will change that. The entire 2020 color palette feels bright and airy, every color a perfect pair to the optimism Benjamin Moore wants to bring to 2020.


"...a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence. Naval fuses the striking and bold opulence of Art Deco with the awe‑inspiring power of nature – from the infinite night sky to the mysterious depths of the sea – bringing navy out of its comfort zone to usher in an empowering new year and fresh decade of change." As our go-to paint company, we are big fans of Sherwin Williams' color of the year, Naval. Navy hues already play a big part in our color palette, from one of our favorite leather finish offerings to using Anchors Aweigh in our offices. We're inspired by this bold navy choice and are already playing with what it could look like on our products.

Sherwin Williams - Naval



If these trends are any indication, this new year will be setting up a decade of calming, thoughtful intention through design. The research done by these trend experts is clearly showing a need for our interior spaces to become places where people can recharge and settle down. In contrast to 2019 where many of the color and design trends were bold in bright and loud ways, this year we are looking at a blend of neutrals and rich shades. 


The 2020 color trends align with the rise in biophilic design and the need to integrate the natural world into our homes, businesses, and public areas. The hues feel nature-inspired to us and we're looking forward to seeing the trends come to life. Connecting a space with the beauty of the outside world is an important aspect of our work and we're happy to see this design direction gain popularity. We use biophilic design every day, pairing soothing hues with the warmth and texture of solid hardwoods. We have big goals and exciting projects in mind for 2020. Make sure to follow along with us on social and subscribe to our emails to see what this year holds!




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