Color Trends



by Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams

The use of color in home design is evolving as we enter a new decade. 2020 promises to be an empowering year of change, focused on colors that bring joy, serenity, and clarity. People continue to move beyond how spaces look and toward how they make them feel. Sherwin-Williams 2020 Colormix Forecast identifies five inspirational palettes — Alive, Mantra, Play, Haven and Heart — that help pave the way for wellness and self-nurturing in today’s new interiors. Here is a look at two of the palettes:


East meets West in this serene palette of softly muted neutrals that glide from warm to cool. Nordic simplicity entwines with the order and ele- gance of Japanese aesthetics to create a look that’s simple yet utterly essential, with tones like Glamour (SW 6031) to Misty (SW 6232). Mantra lends itself to clean lines, minimal ornamentation, warm metals and rounded forms.

Creating a space to feel good about living and working is a must, and Naval (SW 6244), the 2020 Color of the Year, creates a sense of mindfulness for gathering spaces. Naval is a deep, sapphire-like blue reminiscent of the night sky and the deep sea and celebrates blue’s role in satisfying our yearning for relaxation and retreat. Along with Naval, the Alive palette incorporates colors centered on being present and soaking up every moment, including Ripe Olive (SW 6209), which evokes a satisfying and rejuvenating sense of community and living well. This palette incorporates materials and finishes that are locally sourced, hand- made, and reflective of care and craftsmanship.

The unique tones and stories in the 2020 Colormix Forecast are meant to inspire future projects and help designers and homeowners alike bring exciting aesthetics into their spaces. Check out more color palettes in future issues of Think Realty Magazine! •

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