New You, New Colors: Always Great Design

Color trends are predicted by collecting consumer reports from purchases of home goods, fashion and industry forecasts. For 2020, the collective reports show consumers are gravitating towards surrounding themselves with serene and calmness.

According to Sherwin Williams paint forecasts, colors are divided into five categories: Alive, Mantra, Play, Haven and Heart.

Alive: Deep tones, olives, navy, sleepy blue and clay.

Mantra: Pastels with gray undertones. Misty taupe, (breathless is reported to be the color of the year) mystical and grayish.

Play: Clean colors. Black, pink, teal, gold, aqua and berry.

Haven: A more intense tone with gray undertones. Granite, functional gray and porter green.

Heart: Deeper neutral colors. Beige, taupe, grayish-whites and tan.

If we were to select one color that we think will be the most successful in 2020 in both home décor and paint, that color would be green–or more accurately, shades of green. This includes everything from green-blues such as deep emerald to muted sage greens. However, it will likely be more of those complex and muddy shades of green with gray undertones that we will see. 

As interior designers, we are often asked our thoughts on a single color in home décor and are always approached with what is the new neutral. The Mantra and Heart categories as described above both include similar neutral looks in color. 

The master bedroom pictured in this article is subtle and serene, keeping with the core neutrals of Mantra by using only shades of taupe and whites. Shades of taupe are a warmer and softer feel to what we have seen in past years. The great advantage of using these tones as your base colors in your design is the flexibility that it gives you.

Adding in an accent color like turquoise, aqua, navy and black can create a dramatic contrast. Sometimes a bold color trend such as Play can be accomplished with pops of colors in accessories. 

The living room pictured has a contemporary style with clean lines and architectural elements on the fireplace stone, wood flooring and wall color in the neutral Heart category. We added accents in the Play look to finish out the room.

In the kitchen, you see pictured we used a large selection of grey-beige, taupe, cream and gray-green. The views at this residence presented us with a desire for more organic elements, such as natural wood tones and beautiful stones/granites. This home falls under the Haven category.

The home office we have designed is a great combination of the Alive and Mantra categories. It shows soft touches of pastel aqua walls, and the ivory of the cabinets and cream of the area rug contrast beautifully with the bold black background of the bookcase, gold and turquoise patterns of the wallpaper and the accent chair.

For more information about this year's color trends, consult the interior design experts at The Interior Design Studio by visiting them online at or by calling 330.725.7623. The Interior Design Studio is located at 207 South Court St., Medina, OH.

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