The 2020 Colormix Forecast: A Perfect Balance

The 2020 Colormix Forecast: A Perfect Balance

Forty-five trending colors that bring joy, serenity and focus to the mind, body and spirit. That is the theme of the 2020 Sherwin-Williams Colormix® forecast.

This year’s standout hues are expressed through five inspirational and balanced color collections that warmly welcome a new decade in residential and commercial design: Alive, Mantra, Play, Haven and Heart.

“Homeowners and designers alike are seeking warmth – colors that feel human and natural,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “The colors in these five palettes pave the way for wellness and self-nurturing.”

The 2020 forecast includes a wide spectrum of blues, shades of terracotta, warm neutrals, pinks and deep greens. Here are the five collections:


Be present. Be positive. And relish the moments of this amazing life. Enjoy it in an authentic space touched by a palette whose colors keep good company. Here, nurturing neutrals are artfully arranged with rich blues and a deep, ripe olive, evoking a satisfying and rejuvenating sense of community and living well.

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East meets West in this palette, and both styles have entwined in the most appealing way. Now Nordic simplicity happily engages with the order and elegance of Japanese aesthetics to create a look that is the best of both worlds. With softly muted neutrals that glide from warm to cool, it embraces all that is simple yet utterly essential.

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Starting with a fresh, pure white, this buoyant palette is peppered with surprising pops of brightness. Its mission is to add humor and warmth to all it touches – and to help us recall that deep down, we’re still kids who love to play.

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A confluence of genres and emotions permeates this palette. It’s a unique fusion of iconic modern design mixed with an intergenerational boho vibe. The result is a collection of colors that harmonize amazingly well. From silky earth tones to clove and soft coral, these nine colors are a meditation on comfort, connection and the pleasures found in the everyday.

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Like being welcomed home with open arms, this palette beckons to those seeking an oasis. Inspired by Earth’s seasonal cycles, it features richly subtle shades of sea, sand, forest and sky. An innate reminder that sometimes real beauty lies in the spaces outside the lines and calm comes from knowing perfect isn’t the only way to be.

See the full collection of Haven colors

A condensed version of this article was originally published in the Fall 2019 issue of PPC magazine. Get more color tips and tools at the Sherwin-Williams contractor website.