It’s that fun time of the year where us paint color geeks look forward to the paint manufacturers announcing their annual “Colors of the Year”. Most of the manufacturers have announced their colors in the last couple of weeks and today I’m excited to share the 2020 Colors of the Year with you from Sherwin Williams, BEHR, PPG and Dulex. Check out the 2019 Colors of the Year here if you missed that last year.
Sherwin Williams just announced their 2020 Color of the Year, which is a beautiful dark rich moody color called Naval. A fantastic choice!
I am so excited about this year’s Sherwin Williams Color of the Year choice because unlike years past, this color is actually doable and realistic. It’s also a color that is trending real-time with consumers at this very moment. Dark rich moody colors like Naval have been such a big trend this last year on accent walls, cabinetry and interior doors. These dark colors in small doses on an accent wall/cabinets surrounded by white or light wall colors brings instant contrast and drama to a space without overwhelming a space.
See how Naval just steals the show on this below bedroom accent wall mixed with white wainscoting and white trim?
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I have actually worked with Naval quite a bit with my clients and I love how in person, the color has so much depth. Some navy’s are dull and bland but Naval has a rich undertone that really looks dreamy, which is why I have recommended it to my clients in the past. While it’s considered a neutral blue, it does have a hint or warmth making it a transitional color. The balance mix of warm/cool undertones means it will compliment and work will with other colors and wood tones. Such a versatile color!
Below is Naval on kitchen cabinets in space full of natural light. You can really see the gorgeous rich depth of this color in this space.
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Below is another example of how to use this strong dark moody colors mixed with white or light. I too especially love this color mixed with brass. It’s a stunning combination.
I’m really thrilled with Sherwin Williams’ selection of Naval this year. I think it’s spot on!
2020 BEHR Color of the Year
BEHR’s 2020 Color of the Year is a muted soft green color called Back to Nature. I have mixed feelings about this color selection. I’m curious to hear what you guys think. 😉
I was very surprised to see this color as BEHR’s 2020 Color of the Year. While I do believe that we are heading into more muted colors, this color is a very hard color to work with. A little goes a long way. I can see doing an accent table or small powder room vanity in this color but for me, I’m not sure I would go beyond small accent pieces. Interesting though, I shared this color on The Creativity Exchange’s Facebook page and I couldn’t believe how many people really loved this color. I think it’s a generational thing. Older people (like me) remember how popular and overdone avocado was done in the late 70’s and early 80’s and those people are the ones that are not excited about the color. The younger generation are really excited about the color.
I will say though, I really like Back to Nature on this front door below. I could do this.
I am so curious what you guys think about this color. I am still really loving and recommending BEHR’s 2018 Color of the Year, which is In the Moment. I am really still obsessed with this color and in person, it’s really stunning! It’s also the exact shade that is so popular right now with consumers. Better yet, it’s a very versatile color and not hard at all to work with and incorporate.
2020 PPG Color of the Year
PPG’s color of the year is Chinese Porcelain, which is a stunning rich dark blue that has a little more warmth than Sherwin Williams Naval.
Chinese Porcelain is fantastic Color of the Year selection because it’s a complex blue, a color that is popular with consumers at this moment and also a rich moody color that is vibrant at the same time.
I’m also loving this exact shade of blue in home decor and accent pieces. Really hot color right now in home design for sure!
2020 Dulux Color of the Year
I think the best 2020 Color of the Year selection so far (we’re still waiting on a couple others) is from an amazing Canadian paint company called Dulux. I rarely feature Dulux paint/colors here on the blog because the paint is only available in Canada and the UK but I am always so impressed with their color palettes and Color of the Year selections. The colors are always so spot on as far as trends and what colors consumers are using in the moment. Dulux’s 2020 Color of the Year is Tranquil Dawn, which is a breathtaking soft green gray that is the realistic, real-time with consumers and a color that best represents where we are heading in colors in the next two years.
Tranquil Dawn is a neutral pastel that is not too strong/pigmented and just the right amount of color. If I were choosing a Color of the Year, something along these lines is what I would have selected for 2020 because it checks all the boxes that I like to see in a Color of the Year; a realistic color that consumers would use at this moment, indicative of where we are heading in color, a versatile color that can work in a variety of situations and fresh/something not quite mainstream with consumers.
We’re still waiting on several other paint companies to announce their 2020 Colors of the Year including Benjamin Moore, who is always the last one to announce in October. I really LOVED Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year, which was Metropolitan. Really pretty neutral warm gray.
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via Benjamin Moore
So what do you guys think? What color today is your favorite and a color you would most likely use in your own home? I am so curious to hear from you guys on this. Share your thoughts in the comment section so we can all see!
On a side note, if you missed my post last week highlight the 50 most popular and bestselling Sherwin Williams colors, you can get to that post by clicking the image below.
Thanks for stopping by today friends!