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Our Top 5 Paint Colors & Color Pallets of 2020

Colors can greatly change the perception of our interior spaces making an interior feel larger, smaller, shorter, taller, wider, or more narrow. Color pallets can also evoke our unique personalities and emotions. These days there are at least 50 shades of everything and it can be a little overwhelming to pick out the right pallet that is suitable for your space and needs. Check out our previous blog for or a more in-depth look at the importance of color in a room. For now, let's take a look at our top five colors and color pallet must-haves that we've been obsessing over this year!

Modern Neutrals & Bold Accents

This master bedroom room design revolved around a calm neutral color palette of white, gray, and gold finishes for added warmth, while the blue accents added personality. We presented a standout blue accent wall as one of the options. Deep blue hues evoke confidence and in this case, worked as an accent to the overall lighter color palette. Create intimacy in your bedroom by painting your focal wall with a darker tone to contrast surrounding lighter colors.

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  1. Blue Accent Wall - Benjamin Moore Gentleman's Gray 2062-20

  2. Light Airy Window Treatments - Wayfair

  3. Walls - Benjamin Moore Calm OC-22

  4. Modern Gray Area rug - CB2

  5. Blue Lumbar Pillow - CB2

  6. Gold Chandelier - Wayfair

Sophisticated & Timeless Transitional

This living room speaks casual sophistication with impeccable architectural details. The walls and molding or trims are all finished in Benjamin Moore's off-white color collection. Instead of going for a stark all-white base, this color brings warmth into the room with a great starting base for the rest of the decor. Complement the color pallet by layering sophisticated shades of browns or tans, creams, blacks, and brass. Finish off the transitional style with standout lighting like this gorgeous chandelier. We are loving this design style which is all about mixing the old and new. Take a look at our blog where we talk about how you can achieve this style.


  1. Embroidered Pillow Cover - Pottery Barn

  2. Brass Curtain Hardware - Pottery Barn

  3. Wall Color - White Heron OC-57

  4. Linen/CottonRod Pocket Blackout Curtains - Pottery Barn

Fun Bohemian & Evoking Personality

Most people wouldn't automatically go for green as their first color pick. Naturally, the color green brings nature to mind as it automatically brings emotions of positivity, balance, and feelings of the outdoors. If done correctly, green can add a refreshing sense of personality to a standard white bathroom or interior space. For a fun bohemian interior opt for interesting patterns and prints! You can also add a touch of interest and go for brass or gold metal finishes vs. the standard silver. Lastly, incorporate as much greenery real or faux to complement that nature vibe, as well as mixing additional shades of green into the room. This overall pallet is colorful yet muted and soft.


  1. Wall Color - Celtic Green 2038-10 Benjamin Moore

  2. Floor Tile - Wayfair

  3. Wall Sconce - West Elm

  4. Indoor Ceramic Planters - West Elm

2020 Trending Colors & Pallets

New colors come out every year, each reflecting the evolving design concepts for the upcoming year. Listed below are a few of the new colors for 2020 from various paint companies, and we have to say, we're really digging them! Each of these colors brings a sense of optimism and personality, taking a step back from your standard "safe" color pallet.

Now, there is nothing wrong with playing it safe, but the beauty of color and color pallets as an interior design element is that it is also a form of self-expression. Whether it's wanting to make a bold expression by creating contrast, creating a sense of calm and comfort, or incorporating inspiration from travel, each shade, hue and tint of color can help you create the interior of your dreams.

  1. Cabinets - Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2020 - Naval 6244

  2. Walls - Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2020 - First Light 2102-70

  3. Uppers - Behr Color of the Year 2020 - Back to Nature S340-4

  4. Overall Color Pallet - Terracotta

Ocher/Ochre Room

On our radar: earthy clay pigments with deep yellows, browns, and orange. This aesthetic is warm, sophisticated, rich, and comfortable. Start slowly through your smaller decor items, or go tone on tone to create a full ochre aesthetic. We've rounded up a few of our favorites for ochre shades and hues that will be sure to create a real mood.

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Creative Paint Ideas

Get creative with paint and have fun with adding a little more interest. If you're not the hands-on type and don't want to get your hands dirty, and just prefer leaving it up to the professionals then get in touch with us! However, for those DIY'ers make sure to have the appropriate tools for perfect execution. Buy high-quality brushes, painters tape, and (most importantly) make sure to color swatch your walls to better understand what the paint will look like when fully dried throughout different times of the day with natural and artificial lighting. This little tip is a serious game changer and will give you full confidence when taking the plunge to throw up a bold colour!

Have your inspiration images ready. There are several ways to give paint personality and room perception. Painted crown moldings the same color as your walls can heighten the room, while painting trim on walls can create depth and interest to a flat wall. Designer tip? Make sure to paint the trim first before applying it to the wall. Elongate and widen a corridor by painting the focal wall and ceiling in a darker color.

Are you thinking of painting or renovating? Let us help you create a space that truly reflects your unique interior design style and make sure to stay tuned for future blog posts where we do all the digging of everything design and decor related topics. Book your free design consultation call online now and subscribe below for our weekly updates.



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