Color, Design Trends

Colors of the Year 2020: The Blues Have It (almost)

Feeling blue? Apparently 3 top companies, Pantone, Sherwin-Williams and PPG are, having named a shade of the pretty hue as their Color of the Year. One holdout is Moore who has chosen a pale blush tone as its top pick. A few outliers, Behr and Etsy, have also decided to eschew blue and say green is the way to go in 2020.

Lots of research goes into determining which hue is hot each year; things like pop culture, politics, social issues, technology and architectural trends can all play a part. A recent article in Better Homes and Gardens says, “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.”

So what colors will usher in 2020, not only a new year but a brand new decade? Here are the hues several of the paint companies are deeming au courant, along with my thoughts on their choices. You’ll also find some pretty awesome inspiration as you ponder trying one or all of these 2020 Colors of the Year.

Please note: Many of the colors you’ll see in the images below are inspired by the Colors of the Year and are not an exact replication.


Classic Blue by Pantone 

The Pantone Color Institute is considered the grand dame in the creative world, and its Color of the Year choice is always a highly anticipated announcement. In fact, according to Pantone’s website, “more than 10 million designers and producers” rely on its products and services for color inspiration and guidance.

This year, Pantone chose Classic Blue (19-4052), a bold, timeless shade, to color our world in 2020. Reminiscent of a twilight sky, soothing Classic Blue evokes a peaceful and tranquil feeling, which their color experts hope will bring a sense of calm to our crazy, fast-paced, “always on” world.

WHAT THEY SAY: A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and to open the flow of communication. It reflects a desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

WHAT I SAY: Classic Blue is a very saturated, rich blue. I love when a deep color is used to encapsulate an entire room, being surrounded by nothing but deep blue. It’s very soothing.


Here are a few ways to bring Pantone’s Classic Blue into your home:

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Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob


Design by Terri Pakravan


Naval by Sherwin-Williams

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Sherwin-Williams also decided to name a classic color, navy blue, as its top color choice this year. Naval (6244) is a deep, rich, opulent hue that works easily in many different interior styles and spaces. With a nod to Art Deco influences, Naval evokes confidence and strength. Similar to Classic Blue, Naval reminds us of the sky, but this time the infinite night sky. It can also be likened to the depths of the sea.

WHAT THEY SAY: People want to feel grounded and inspired to pursue their mental, physical and emotional well-being. Naval is reminiscent of the night sky, which people have looked to for centuries for guidance, as a muse and as a reminder to live more mindfully.

WHAT I SAY: Of all the blues, Naval is my favorite. Said to be the calmest color in existence, this would be a great color to use if you need a little peacefulness in your life. Maybe it should be named “Naval Gazing” 😉 I love how the deep, saturated color used in an entire room creates a warm, cozy, calm moody feel.


Here are a few ways to bring Sherwin-William’s Naval into your home:

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Chinese Porcelain by PPG



PPG chose a rich jewel tone, also blue, for its 2020 Color of the Year. Chinese Porcelain is a beautiful blend of cobalt and ink blue that imparts calmness and restful sleep, while also offering a spirit of hopefulness. It’s a traditional, agreeable hue that allows other, more vivacious colors to pop.

WHAT THEY SAY: The faster technology moves and the more convenience it offers, the more we seek activities, experiences and lifestyles that impart slowness and realness into our lives” she said. “The need for simplicity and escapism from technology is, in part, the reason that consumers are craving blues like Chinese Porcelain that bring us closer to natural elements such as the sea and sky—creating serenity in any space.

WHAT I SAY: If you are a blue lover, this is the perfect shade of blue. It can be formal (think actual Chinese porcelain), casual (think blue denim slipcovers), country (think blue and white ticking) or contemporary (think lacquered walls and furniture).


Here are a few ways to bring PPG’s Chinese Porcelain into your home:

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien


Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer


Back to Nature by Behr

Blue not your vibe? Maybe green is your more your thing. Behr has chosen a lovely light green as its top color choice this year. Inspired by meadows, Back to Nature is a soft, subdued hue that aims to bring nature’s beauty indoors.

WHAT THEY SAY: 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 well-being.

WHAT I SAY: Back to Nature is such a soft, calm green. It pairs well with lots of other colors or can easily stand on its own. If you need a little tranquility in your life, Back to Nature is a great choice.

Here are a few ways to bring Back to Nature into your home:







Chartreuse by Etsy

Etsy’s color pick of the year is an energetic, vibrant yellow green called Chartreuse. This lively, lemony-lime hue adds zing to any space. According to Etsy, there has been a 55% increase in searches for neon-green items recently, which reflects a trend of 80s neon shades making a comeback in design.

WHAT THEY SAY: Chartreuse is a bold color known for increasing energy, encouraging unconventional thinking and evoking feelings of growth and harmony. It is daring, statement-making and unexpected–exactly what we’re all trying to embrace in the New Year.

WHAT I SAY: Chartreuse is definitely in the “I need a pick-me-up” category. This shade of green has always been one of my favorite accent colors. A little will go a long way but the vibrancy and sheer fun of this hue are hard to beat.

Here are a few ways to bring Chartreuse into your home:

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First Light by Benjamin Moore

Not into blue or green? Think pink! First Light, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, is a subtle, not-too-sweet rosy hue that continues the pink trend in design. It’s a happy and upbeat, yet soft color that is refreshingly modern and a little bit romantic. And remember, everyone looks good in a pink room 😉

WHAT THEY SAY: First Light is easy to love and blooming with potential. It reflects a new definition of the home; a shift in mindset from the material to satisfying the core needs in life: community, comfort, security, self-expression, authenticity and ultimately, optimism.

WHAT I SAY: Soft and feminine, First Light is a neutral but not really. I love this shade for just a hint of color in a room. If you’re tired of beige or gray but not ready to take the plunge into real color, try First Light.

Here’s how to use First Light in your home:

So there you have it. A few of the top choices for 2020 Color of the Year. Which one is calling your name? Check back in December and see who was on target with their choices and who missed the mark. Color is just one of our specialities at Marcia Moore Design. If you’re ready to make a change of hue in your home, give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email.

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