Paint companies are already releasing their picks for the 2020 color of the year. See which shades made the list.

By Hannah Bruneman
Updated August 19, 2019

Choosing the color of the year has become an exciting tradition for many popular paint companies. In the past, we’ve been introduced to creamy neutrals, moody jewel tones, and punchy pops of color. Several factors go into consideration when picking a color of the year, including pop culture, architectural, and technological trends.

This year feels extra special as we enter a new decade. The colors of the year could define how we look back on this period of design. Think about it: The '80s had its splashy neon, the '60s rocked pastels, and the '90s, well, that could be defined by Monica and Rachel’s living room on Friends. See which colors the experts say are going to welcome us into 2020—we’ll keep a running tab of the colors of the year as they’re announced.

Image courtesy of Behr.

Back To Nature by Behr

Last week, Behr officially announced its 2020 color of the year: Back To Nature. This shade of green is inspired by meadows and aims to bring the colors of nature indoors. “As we look ahead to a new decade, Back To Nature encourages us to reengage with the natural world, which we know can have a real, positive impact on our wellbeing,” said Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr, in a press release. Pair the muted green with other hues found in nature, like browns, beiges, and blues, for a relaxing space.

Image courtesy of PPG.
Image courtesy of PPG.

Chinese Porcelain by PPG

Much like PPG's 2019 color of the year, Chinese Porcelain is a rich jewel tone. The shade of blue instills calmness, reduces anxiety, and encourages sleep, says Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager. “This soothing blue imparts slowness, encouraging consumers to practice mindfulness and be more present in their lives while also offering the spirit of hopefulness—a precious commodity in a restless world,” says Schlotter. The color works well as an accent wall and on interior and exterior doors alike.

Image courtesy of Behr.

Worldhood Palette by Behr

Before Behr announced their color of the year we had our eye on the three 2020 color palettes they announced. Particularly the Worldhood palette, comprised of warm, earthy colors that are just outside of neutral. Erika Woelfel, Vice President of Color and Creative Services at Behr, said in a press release that these colors create an inviting environment—the kind restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality businesses strive for. Two of our favorite colors in the palette are Red Pepper, a dark red-wine hue, and Rumba Orange, their take on the burnt orange trend.

We can't wait to see what other colors the paint companies (and Pantone) pick. Will the year be marked with bright, bold shades, or will muted neutrals continue to be popular?

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Comments (5)

judithahall
July 25, 2019
Two colors? Blue and Off-White?
Lizzy2387
July 24, 2019
I really hope you are wrong about Behr's choices. I can't think of anything worse!
di4baskets
July 24, 2019
So over grays. When I was in design schooling, we were taught to use it sparingly, as it is the color of depression and sadness. Color me surprised when the Industry brought it to the forefront! I still won't use it, there are too many colors filled with life and other colors to use as neutrals that don't evoke depression and sadness. (Gray isn't really a neutral, unless it's mixed with a brown. It's a cool undertone.) Glad to see some emphasis finally put on real color again.
sakrib53
July 24, 2019
That blue will be my next accent color in my gray & white bedroom!
sqstock
July 24, 2019
Ugliest blue ever! Yuck!