Every year Sherwin-Williams enlightens us about the hottest paint color of the year. This year, the paint purveyor picked “the world’s most relaxing hue,” Naval, as the 2020 Color of the Year. However, they aren’t done calling the paint trends just yet. They enlisted the help of 250 professional interior designers in order to identify the hottest interior design trends coming our way—and you might be surprised by their crystal ball paint predictions.
“The survey results show that design is moving in a new direction. It’s not just about how colors look in a space, but how they make you feel," explains Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams. "That’s why I think gray is trending out and moodier hues are trending in—these dark, rich colors envelop us and make us feel cozy, turning our homes into the retreats I think we’re all craving.”
It’s not just about how colors look in a space, but how they make you feel."
Dark Will be Considered a New Neutral
Obviously white, gray, and beige fall into neutral territory. However, in 2020 they will be joined by darker forces. 66 percent of the designers polled agreed that black is now a neutral tone, while 44 percent named sage green, and 42 percent navy blue. Even blush pink was considered a neutral by over a third of designers.
Color Choice Will Vary by Generation
Generation Z is growing up so expect to see brighter paint colors trending. 26 percent of designers surveyed claimed that younger folk were more likely to go bright, requesting vibrant yellow and orange hues in their designs. Older generations still like to keep things neutral, with white and beiges the most requested colors by every generation above Gen Z. Millennials, however, are just as likely to opt for bolder colors like blue or purple.
Beige Will be the Comeback Queen
The last few years, various shades of gray have been slathered on walls around the world. However, according to the interior design world, beige is ready for her comeback. Other trends to expect include deep, bold tones like navy and hunter green, more natural wood in furniture, décor and cabinetry, and a movement toward more color in general.
Trending Colors Will Find Their Place
According to interior designers, people are going to be more likely to try out a trend in the bathroom. A third of all surveyed picked the smallest room in the house, while 17 percent picked the living rooms, 15 percent, the bedroom, and just 10 percent, the dining room.