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New 2020 Décor Vision

Sherwin Williams has recently released their 2020 new paint colors. Interior design trends are typically based around paint colors. Sherwin Williams, one of the leading paint company’s, released 45 new colors. These new colors are divided in five different categories:  Alive , Mantra, Play, Haven, and Heart. Even though they are different categories, they all have one particular theme: Earth, Nature, Organic and Fresh.

So how do you choose what theme to go with for your apartment? Each category is similar but that does not mean you can have all the themes in your home at once without it looking like a hodgepodge of a home. Each category has a personal quality that you can take from to make you décor your very own.


The Alive category is summed up by earthy, jewel tones with a touch of southwestern feel. From dark to vibrant, gems and fruit colors like berries, eggplant, plums, or olives are trending to bring your space a different look. This look is based around calm and positive feelings with the combination of rich accent colors and neutrals. The alive category brings an optimism and rejuvenation to your space.


Mantra is the color trend that is starting to convert colors from cool back to warm with natural materials and a balance of symmetry. Minimalism doesn’t mean boring, it means simplicity, while also being very versatile. Soft colors are incorporated with the natural colors. Also velvet is starting to play a role again in our home decorating. Don’t jump to the fabric store quite yet and turn your apartment into a velvet room from Austin Powers, were not at that point with velvet. Start with a velvet pillow or throw; if you’re feeling bold, try a velvet couch. The main colors you will see in manta are the most muted colors out of the 5 categories. Pinky taupes, off whites, greige, or gunmetal gray colors are the most typical colors you will see.


The play category is exactly what it sounds like. Fun! Bright and Bold; vibrant colors are coming. Colors evoke emotions; bright colors naturally make the brain release happy hormones creating an overall happier healthier self. Can someone be too joyful? Well, that’s up for debate, but you can have too many bright colors in your home. So make sure you don’t go overboard. These bright colors should be shown through accent pieces, or artwork. How do these bold vibrant color correlate with earth tones? The colors that we are seeing for the future are deep pinks such as the natural accents you see in a garden; aqua, like beautiful turquoise stones; and golds bringing in the warmth of all these colors together.


This trend is inspired from nature to its core of organics. Haven, also known as the naturalist palette has the theme of having accents of organic elements throughout. You will see colors like warm browns, sand, sky blues, and forest greens. Haven is the most neutral color palette, but most colors are a new type of neutral arising. Bold accents can be added in for a little bit of funk.


Heart is derived from humanity. In the last decade our cultures are changing. Change can be difficult to most. Heart brings in the silky neutral tones that resemble comfort and meditation. This coincides with the current health and overall wellness trend our society is focused on. Colors like clove with accent of soft corals gives a comforting feel with a warm earth finish.

So what are the trends saying? Earth tones and neutrals are here and are staying.  Back to the basics. Move over Gray, we’re getting bored with your dull muted colors.  Although, grays do play a vital role in our color wheel and in the design world, so don’t count them completely out. Grays aren’t gone, but there is starting to be a shift from the traditional gray color to a more bone color. Bone is made up of a mix of white, little gray, and sometimes little yellow and brown. The neutral colors that are being focused on are color families like greige, bone, wool-whites, and other tints of off whites. Overall the color trends are moving from cool to warm color palettes. Cool grays had there spotlight with a huge explosion of gray after the economic downturn in 2008. Dull colors like the muted-gray color we’ve been seeing in the past trends evoke sadness. I don’t mean to keep putting gray’s down, gray is an actual great color for neutrals and tying things together. It has a unique characteristic of taking on different qualities when paired with different colors. Grays still play a role, but it isn’t the focus anymore. Grays are still in nature with stones, minerals, or volcanic limestones; which were seeing more in the design world today.

With the new color themes for 2020 we can sum up that our future is turning over to earth tones. If you see the color in your environment, you most likely are going to start to see it in home décor and interior accessories. So how do you choose? Each are similar, but each have a particular look that some people lean towards. Incorporate accents with these new warm neutrals to give your apartment and décor an updated look!

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