• Meghan Turner-Patel

Interior Design Trends 2020: Paint Colors

Updated: May 14, 2020

These four 2020 color palette trends will send you rushing to your local paint store.

Windmill Wings paint color by Benjamin Moore
Windmill Wings by Benjamin Moore (credit: Benjamin Moore)

The most exciting part of a home remodeling project is the installation of design elements. It’s when your vision comes to life in a way that transforms and transfixes. Paint color is a prime example. In fact, it’s one of the most impactful components of a renovation.


To kick off the new decade, we compiled four of the biggest paint color trends that are sure to give your home an au courant aesthetic. After years of white kitchens and gray walls ruling the roost, 2020 is all about embracing color – hues seeming plucked from nature itself.


Pro Tip: When considering paint colors, we encourage thinking beyond walls and to your furniture and cabinets – even ceilings and trim.


Blue Hues

For both interior design and fashion color palettes, Pantone is the leader in defining color trends that'll be seen around the world. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue, which means this particular hue and others will be everywhere. These blues will range from calming pastels to bold jewel tones canvasing everything from accent walls to entirely monochromatic rooms. Other 2020 hits will be Blue Danube by Benjamin Moore, Windmill Wings by Benjamin Moore (shown above) and Light Drizzle by Behr.


Pantone Classic Blue and Blue Color Trends 2020
Clockwise from top: Pantone Color of the Year (credit: Pantone); Light Drizzle (credit: Behr); Blue Danube (credit: Benjamin Moore)

Blushing Pinks

Benjamin Moore named its own 2020 color of the year, and it'll make any home pretty in pink. Dubbed First Light, this soft, comforting tone has personality and elegance perfect for any surface. Looking for something a little richer? Behr’s Bubble Shell (one of 15 beautiful swatches in Behr’s 2020 Color Trends palette) is a dusty rose that offers a little more drama.


2020 Interior Design Pink Color Trend
Left: First Light - Color of the Year 2020 (credit: Benjamin Moore); Right: Bubble Shell (credit: Behr)

Lush Greens

As with blues, there’s a huge range of greens to dip your brush in this year. Behr’s color of the year, Back to Nature, is on the lighter end of the spectrum, creating a tranquil harmony of indoors-meets-out. Moving up the spectrum are the equally on-trend Sherwin-Williams’ Ripe Olive and Clare’s Current Mood – both of which add drama and soul to any space.


Green Color Palette Trends 2020
Left: Back to Nature (credit: Behr). Right: Ripe Olive (credit: Sherwin-Williams)

Rich Earth Tones

Think: rust, sand and browns. Particularly in Los Angeles, this trend should be a big one. It encapsulates southwestern vibes, which will remain a leading interior design trend in 2020 and beyond. Some of our favorites are Sherwin-Williams’ Touch of Sand and Cavern Clay (which happened to be Sherwin-Williams' 2019 Color of the Year and remains in their 2020 Colormix Forecast), Behr’s Cider Spice and Clare’s Coffee Date.


Earth Tones Color Trend Interior Design 2020
Left: Coffee Date (credit: Clare); Right: Cavern Clay (credit: Sherwin-Williams)

In the end, your chosen paint color should not only represent the times but also your taste, personality and life at home. Make sure it’s a color you are comfortable living in – one that brings joy to your everyday home-life. And remember: Always bring home samples and swatches to test on walls. To find the right hue, you'll need to see how it interacts with the space and how light hits it (both sunlight and interior lighting).


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