A Sneak Preview of the Hottest 2020 Paint Color Trends

This is it! Our annual round up of the new color trends from all of the major paint companies. And this year I am so happy! My favorite color (blue) is definitely trending! Time to see if any of your favorite colors are on the list of 2020 paint color trends.

2020 Paint Color Trends

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It’s that time of the year again!

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…and paint companies announcing their colors for the upcoming year!

While every company has their own process for choosing exactly which colors they think will be popular in the next year, they all include the current social atmosphere that we’re living in as one of their variables. (If you want to know more, check out this video from PPG that explains their process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDFJidNqfUU).

This year every company mentioned calming, relaxing and getting back to nature as part of their inspiration for their 2020 color trends.

The 2020 Paint Color Trends Summary

Which is probably why blues and greens make up such a big part of the paint color trends for 2020. With an American election coming up, they are calming, relaxing colors that can make your home into a restful get-away from all the chaos.

If you know me, you know I’m happy about this trend! Blue is my favorite color, and almost every room in my house has some blue in it.

So I should be able to find some great home accessories! That’s my main reason for following the color trends. If they happen to include one of my whole house colors, I know I’ll have an easier time finding things that go.

As for the other colors, the purple trend that has been prominent for the last couple of years is definitely gone this year.

And plain gray is not quite as popular as it was.

Having said that, many of the 2020 paint colors have a definite gray base to them. So it looks like the gray trend has really just evolved into a new version of itself.

All those gray-based paint colors usually look great on walls (the gray prevents the color from looking too bright) so I think this is a good thing!

Blush pink hasn’t died yet.

And there are a couple of other warm, bright colors that are in the mix. So don’t despair if you’re not a fan of the cool color range.

Now let’s get on to the specifics of the new 2020 paint color trends.


Blue…And More Blue

Dark Blues

Navy blue basement painted in Sherwin Williams 2020 color of the year 'Naval'  with white sofa and gold accents
Basement painted in Sherwin Williams 2020 color of the year  ‘Naval’, image via Sarah at Room For Tuesday

Sherwin Williams picked Naval as their 2020 color of the year.

It is a dark navy blue that looks like the midnight sky.

With it’s Art Deco influences, it can be used instead of black for a rich, cozy feeling.

Pair it with white and gold for a gorgeous color combination like Sarah at Room For Tuesday did in her basement (above).

Or green for a more modern take. Adding white marble and some greenery would be stunning!

Living room painted in Farrow and Ball 'Scotch Blue' with white furniture
Living room painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Scotch Blue’

Farrow and Ball doesn’t really do a color of the year, but they have released 16 new colors in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London.

Scotch Blue is one of the blue selections from this “Color of Nature” collection.

With its deep, intense blue color, it will bring a luxurious atmosphere to any room.

'Singing The Blues' from Edwards Dunn 2020 paint color collection

“Singing the Blues” is one of the 2020 paint color selections from Dunn Edwards. With its purple-gray base, it’s another rich, dark blue tone.

Medium Blues

Bedroom painted with PPG 2020 color of the year 'Chinese Porcelain'
Bedroom painted with PPG 2020 color of the year ‘Chinese Porcelain’

PPG’s 2020 color of the year is Chinese Porcelain.

It’s a really pretty blend of cobalt and ink blue that is a great restful color for a bedroom.

Pairing it with white and brushed gold creates a beautiful, elegant room.

Bedroom painted with Farrow and Ball's 'Ultramarine Blue'
Bedroom painted with Farrow and Ball’s ‘Ultramarine Blue’

Ultra Marine Blue is a similar color from Farrow and Ball’s Color By Nature series.

With a slightly less turquoise hue, it’s another great bedroom color option.

Bedroom painted with Sherwin William's 'Endless Sea' from their 2020 paint colors collection
Bedroom painted with Sherwin William’s ‘Endless Sea’

Sherwin Williams also has a similar option on their 2020 color trends list called Endless Sea.

Bedroom painted with Benjamin Moore's 'Blue Danube' from their 2020 paint colors collection
Bedroom painted with Benjamin Moore’s ‘Blue Danube’

And so does Benjamin Moore with Blue Danube.

I think this is the first time I have seen so many paint companies with colors that are so similar on their annual color trends lists!

Light Blues

While none of the paint companies picked a light blue as their color of the year, a number of them have light blues in their 2020 color pallettes.

Small living room painted with Benjamin Moore's 'Windmill Wings', part of their 2020 color trends
Small living room painted with Benjamin Moore’s ‘Windmill Wings’

Benjamin Moore went with Windmill Wings, a pretty periwinkle blue.

Stair treads painted with Behr's 'Bluebird', one of their 2020 color trends selections
Stair treads painted with Behr’s ‘Bluebird’

Behr selected a very similar color called Bluebird.

I never would have thought to paint stair treads with this color. But I actually really like it!

Bathroom painted with Valspar's 'Utterly Blue', one of their 2020 colors of the year
Bathroom painted with Valspar’s ‘Utterly Blue’

And Valspar chose Utterly Blue, a slightly lighter version in a similar tone.

Again, it’s pretty amazing how similar these colors are to each other!


Greens

With all the focus on colors inspired by nature, it’s hardly surprising that green is also has a big presence on the 2020 paint color trends list.

Nature-Inspired Greens

Front door painted with Behr's 2020 color of the year - 'Back To Nature'
Front door painted with Behr’s 2020 color of the year – ‘Back To Nature’

Behr’s 2020 color of the year is Back to Nature. It’s a restorative and revitalizing green that brings the outside in.

I particularly like it with gray, like this door surrounded by gray brick.

Kitchen cabinets painted with Behr's 2020 color of the year - 'Back To Nature'
Kitchen cabinets painted with Behr’s 2020 color of the year – ‘Back To Nature’

And this modern kitchen with a Battleship Gray backsplash (another one of Behr’s 2020 color picks).

Wall painted with Behr's 'Secret Meadow', one of their 2020 color trends
Wall painted with Behr’s ‘Secret Meadow’

If you are looking for a slightly darker color, Behr has another nature-inspired green on their list called Spring Meadow.

It’s a medium-toned version of their 2020 color of the year which looks great with creamy white.

Living room wall painted with Farrow and Ball's 'Sap Green'
Living room wall painted with Farrow and Ball’s ‘Sap Green’

Farrow and Ball also added a very similar color called Sap Green to their new “color by nature” pallette.

Bedroom wall painted with Valspar's 'Secret Moss', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Bedroom wall painted with Valspar’s ‘Secret Moss’

Valspar included this green in their 2020 color selections. It’s called Secret Moss and has more of a gray tone to it.

Living room walls painted with Sherwin William's 'Ripe Olive', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Living room walls painted with Sherwin William’s ‘Ripe Olive’

Sherwin Williams also included a nature-inspired green color (called Ripe Olive) in their 2020 trends list, but it is a much darker hue. More like a forest green than a moss green.

Wall painted with Benjamin Moore's 'Cushing Green', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Wall painted with Benjamin Moore’s ‘Cushing Green’

Finally, Benjamin Moore’s nature-inspired green is called Cushing Green which is more of a jade color, with a bit of a blue undertone.

Minty Greens

But we’re not done with the greens yet! There were quite a few bright greens included in the 2020 color trends list as well.

Outdoor trellis wall painted with Dunn-Edwards 2020 color of the year - 'Minty Fresh'
Outdoor trellis wall painted with Dunn-Edwards 2020 color of the year – ‘Minty Fresh’

Dunn Edwards chose Minty Fresh as their 2020 color of the year. It’s a vibrant…well…minty color (the color name is very appropriate!)

They say it is an invigorating hue inspired by nature, innovative technologies and optimism.

I love how it looks on this outdoor patio with a mid-century modern look.

Bathroom wall painted in Valspar's 'Mint Whisper', one of the 2020 color trends
Bathroom wall painted in Valspar’s ‘Mint Whisper’

Valspar also included a mint green, called Mint Whisper, in their 2020 colors list.

It’s equally as vibrant as the Dunn Edwards selection, but a little less turquoise in color.

Bright Greens

Living room wall painted with Farrow and Ball's 'Verdigris Green'
Living room wall painted with Farrow and Ball’s ‘Verdigris Green’

Farrow and Ball have a couple of bright greens in their new color line up.

The first one is Verdigris Green which they describe as an elegant copper green.

It looks stunning when paired with other jewel-tones like this blue sofa.

Kitchen wall painted with Farrow and Ball's 'Emerald Green'
Kitchen wall painted with Farrow and Ball’s ‘Emerald Green’

The second is Emerald Green which is a vibrant, clear color.

While it would also look good with other vibrant color tones, I love it combined with the white marble countertops and black cabinets in this kitchen.


Pinks

Blush Pink

Living room wall painted with Benjamin Moore's 2020 color of the year - 'First Light'
Living room wall painted with Benjamin Moore’s 2020 color of the year – ‘First Light’

Blush pink is still in the color trends this year, with Benjamin Moore selecting First Light as their 2020 color of the year.

Office painted a blush pink color

I guess that means I’m in luck…if I need to buy any more pink accessories for my upstairs office 🙂

Exterior door painted in Behr's 'Bubble Shell', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Exterior door painted in Behr’s ‘Bubble Shell’

Behr included a slightly darker version called Bubble Shell, that I think looks awesome on this door surrounded by white and accented with black.

I never would have thought to paint the door to my house this color!

Office wall painted in Valspar's 'Bombay Pink', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Office wall painted in Valspar’s ‘Bombay Pink’

Valspar also has a slightly-darker-than-blush-pink color called Bombay Pink on their 2020 list which is in the same tone.

It still looks good with the glam white and gold accents that many people like to pair with blush pink!

Bright Pink

Living room painted with pink accents in Sherwin William's 'Eros Pink', one of the 2020 paint color trends ©ostap25 - stock.adobe.com
Living room trim painted in Sherwin William’s ‘Eros Pink’ ©ostap25 – stock.adobe.com

For those of you who love fuchsia (and that would be me!), Sherwin Williams included Eros Pink in their 2020 color trends list.

I would love to use it as an accent color like this living room!

Wall painted in Farrow and Ball's 'Lake Red'
Wall painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Lake Red’

Farrow and Ball have a color called Lake Red in their new collection.

Although the name says red, to me the color reads more like bright pink. Although, it might just be the light. Most Farrow and Ball paint colors can change dramatically depending on the lighting conditions.

In any case, I love how bright and cheerful it is!


Golden Yellow

The next color on our 2020 paint color trends list is golden yellow.

While none of the paint companies picked it as their color of the year, it appeared on almost all of their 2020 color palettes.

Plus it was actually in the 2019 Pinterest Home Trends. I guess all those Pinterest users who were searching for it had some influence!

Kitchen wall painted in Benjamin Moore's 'Golden Straw', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Kitchen wall painted in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Golden Straw’

Benjamin Moore’s golden yellow for 2020 is called Golden Straw.

It’s a creamy golden yellow color that is rich but not overly saturated and really brightens up a room.

Kitchen painted with Sherwin William's 'Gambol Gold', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Kitchen painted with Sherwin William’s ‘Gambol Gold’

Sherwin Williams actually has a few golden yellows on their 2020 color trends list including Gambol Gold.

It can bring warmth and energy to any room.

Wall painted in Behr's 'Charismatic', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Wall painted in Behr’s ‘Charismatic’

Next up is Charismatic from Behr’s 2020 paint color trends. It’s a little more orange than the other two options, but still a beautiful sunny color.


Grays

Last but not least are the gray selections.

As with the yellows, this isn’t a color of the year for any of the paint companies, but it appears often enough in their 2020 color palettes that I had to include it.

Plus it’s a perennial favorite among decorators so it’s hard to leave off the list.

Cool Grays

Living room wall painted in Farrow and Ball's 'Ash Grey'
Living room wall painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Ash Grey’

The first gray on my 2020 paint color trends list is Ash Grey from Farrow and Ball’s new collection.

It’s a green-based gray that appears more green in daylight and more gray in the evening. The cool tone really makes these blush pink chairs stand out.

That combination of gray and pink is a common color scheme I’m seeing this year.

Bathroom walls painted in Behr's 'Battleship Gray', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Bathroom walls painted in Behr’s ‘Battleship Gray’

Battleship Gray is Behr’s addition to the gray color palette for 2020. It’s a darker gray that combines well with colors like Dragonfly (another one of Behr’s paint color selections for 2020).

Greige

Kitchen painted in greige paint colors with blush pink accents from Sherwin William's Mantra 2020 paint color collection
Kitchen painted in greige paint colors from Sherwin William’s Mantra collection

Sherwin Williams has a whole color palette called Mantra that is a collection of cool- and warm-toned grays, many of which are more like greige (that’s a combination of gray and beige).

You can combine 2 or 3 of them together to create a neutral color scheme that still looks interesting.

Kitchen wall painted in Benjamin Moore's 'Thunder', one of the 2020 paint color trends
Kitchen wall painted in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Thunder’

Benjamin Moore’s addition to the Greige category is called Thunder.

It’s a sophisticated neutral that floats between cool and warm, and works seamlessly with a lot of other colors. Like the blush pink cabinets in this kitchen.

Well, that’s it for my sneak peek at the 2020 paint color trends. Hopefully there’s at least one color on this year’s list that you like!

2020 Paint Color Trends Quick Links

Here are the links to the 2020 paint color trends information from each of the paint companies in case you want to check them out for yourself.

Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year – First Light

Benjamin Moore Color Trends

Behr Color Of The Year – Back To Nature

Behr Color Trends

Dunn-Edwards Color of the Year – Minty Fresh

Dunn-Edwards Color Trends

Farrow and Ball New ‘Color By Nature’ Paint Colors

PPG Color of the Year – Chinese Porcelain

Sherwin Williams Color Of The Year – Naval

Sherwin Williams Color Forecast

Valspar Colors of the Year

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4 Responses

  • I am needing help with changing my red wall kitchen, I have honey oak cabinets, and a white laundry/pantry in kitchen. A White French door and white appliances. The kitchen is small but does have a rod iron black dinette and I am really loving the farmhouse look and incorporating black buffalo print cushions;Would love suggestions on what is the best color for my walls to bring it all together.

    • Hi Doreen…how about a warm grey or greige? It definitely goes with farmhouse decor and would look good with the honey oak cabinets as well as the black and white.

  • I love blue. And I am not fond of green I kind of liked two. My whole house downstairs is gray which I am not fond of but it works for now. I do not like yellow. And pink I could see a wall maybe. Very interesting – color.

    • I’m definitely with you on loving blue, Jody! So I’m looking forward to being able to find all kinds of pretty blue accessories for my house next year 🙂

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