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2020 Colors of the Year!

POSTED October 15, 2019

The annual Color of the Year announcements from popular paint manufacturers is a tradition we look forward to every fall. Some of next year’s choices are super trendy and statement-making, while others are safe and creamy pastels that rely on punchy pops of color to complement their neutral-ness. Several influences are considered when paint companies pick colors of the year, including fashion, pop culture, architectural and technological trends.

Behr’s Back to Nature

Living in Crystal Valley, we know first-hand that nature contributes to human happiness. (Probably wildlife happiness, too!) That proven truism was the inspiration for the designers at Behr when they picked Back to Nature, a shade of green inspired by grasses, meadows and fields. “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 wellbeing,” said Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr.

Paired with other hues found in nature, the Behr Color of the Year works especially well with browns, beiges and blues. Take a picture of any room in hour home and upload it to the Behr preview page to see how this color looks in your house.

Sherwin Williams’ Navy Naval

About three weeks ago, Sherwin Williams announced that it would select Naval SW 6244 as its 2020 Color of the Year, and it’s an easy one to use everywhere in your home. Blue is already a top paint color and this deep, rich hue is both bold and calming. It’s also striking in a way that isn’t objectionable – the way a pink, yellow or turquoise might be. People will notice this paint color on the wall of a home, but even if blue wouldn’t be their personal choice, it will still have that calming effect that blues of every hue produce.

Real Simple calls the Sherwin Williams Naval a new neutral. Black and white are typically referred to as neutral, but in the fashion world, navy blue has been a neutral to try that translated to the paint world on trim – interior and exterior, as a ceiling shade with light walls and as a cabinet color. It really can go anywhere in a home.

And if you think Naval isn’t quite YOU, take the Sherwin Williams paint personality test. After answering a few questions about decor preferences, music tastes, and favorite plants, you’ll be matched with a personality type and its corresponding color palette. Instead of a singular color, the results guide you towards a range of 16 coordinated options to help you explore fresh paint colors you’ve maybe never considered. 

PPG’s Chinese Porcelain Jewel

Much like PPG’s 2019 color of the year, Chinese Porcelain is a rich jewel tone. The urge to reconnect with nature in today’s tumultuous society was a recurring theme during its annual Global Color Workshop, which brings together more than 20 PPG global color stylists from the automotive, consumer electronics, aerospace and residential paint industries.

The Chinese Porcelain shade of blue instills calmness, reduces anxiety, and encourages sleep, says Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager. “This soothing blue imparts slowness, encouraging consumers to practice mindfulness and be more present in their lives while also offering the spirit of hopefulness—a precious commodity in a restless world,” says Schlotter. The color works well as an accent wall and on exterior and interior doors. PPG also has a preview page to submit a photo of a room in your home to see how this moody jewel tone will work in your living room, bedroom or kitchen.

Dulux and Pantone 2020

The Dulux color of the year for 2020 is called Tranquil Dawn and is a cool-tone shade of green that is meant to offer an antidote to today’s increasingly hectic and disconnected by technology. While the Pantone 2020 Color of the Year has yet to be announced (last year the announcement came out the first week of December), there are lots of predictions and about what the shade will be. Living Coral was a big hit in 2019 and Fresh Home insists that clues were given in Pantone’s Colors of Spring 2020.

The coastal-looking colors draw on the soothing blues and greens of sea-inspiration, and perfectly accompany Living Coral – which makes us think there’s lots more life to Pantone 16-1546! Take a look at some of these predictive spring colors (with applications to try on hues in your own living spaces) to get ahead of the painting curve! 

All the Colors of Fall Crystal Valley

We’re well into fall at the master-planned community of Crystal Valley where new homes from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton are designed with contemporary and long-lasting trends in mind. Set in natural surroundings with easy access to nearby amenities, find the new home of your dreams here in either a ranch and two-story model, priced from the $300s. 


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