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Meet the 2022 Paint Colors of the Year!

In the last quarter of each year, paint and design companies forecast color trends for the year ahead, and many pick out a color of the year that represents aspirations and moods for the next 365 days to come.

Three of the most popular paint companies—Behr, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore—have all announced their 2022 Colors of the Year. We were quite interested to discover that they’re all fairly similar shades of light, earthy greens. But they do have subtle differences!

Swatches of the 2022 paint colors of the year—Evergreen Fog, Breezeway, and October Mist

The 2022 Paint Colors of the Year are…

  • Evergreen Fog, Sherwin Williams
  • Breezeway, Behr
  • October Mist, Benjamin Moore

There was much more color variety in the 2021 colors of the year. But after 20 months of living in a very stressful, uncertain reality, we wondered if there’s a reason that all three of these companies landed on similar colors. All three of the shades of green that were selected are rooted in a sense of calmness and earthiness. We find that these three colors all tap into the same idea, and in their similarities there’s a sense of validation about what the collective consciousness is craving: peace, calm, grounding, inspiration. So, it actually makes sense that they’re pretty similar.

Since they’re all more earthy neutrals, with tones that are inspired by nature, there’s also a connection to the trending concept of biophilic interior design. The color of the year choices are reflective of more people using organic colors and natural elements within their homes to feel more connected to nature.

To further explore the similarities and differences between these three colors, we had one of our designers, Katherine, try these colors on for size. She used the colors of the year as the paint color of a room, then played with how each one interacted with furniture, decor, and other colors within a room. She brought each of these colors to life in ways that feel fresh and different.

Read on to learn more about the 2022 colors of the year and explore how you can design around these trending colors.

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The Behr 2022 Color of the Year: Breezeway

Breezeway is a peaceful silvery-green that is inspired by the color of sea glass, which can be found on sandy ocean beaches. Behr says that this cool green tone represents a desire to move forward and discover newfound passions. There is something uplifting and inspiring about this color, isn’t there?

This color is part of Behr’s Color Trends 2022 Palette. Behr says this 20-color collection is intended to “inspire us to enter the new year on a hopeful note, while still centering the home as an ultimate oasis.”

Here’s how Modsy Designer, Katherine, brought Breezeway to life…

What are your thoughts on the Behr 2022 color of the year?

“This color feels very serene, comforting, and hopeful to me. It’s a mix of blue and green but it’s not heavy—in fact, it’s quite light and airy. I think it’s a beautiful color and adds a lot of exuberance to any space.”

What about the color inspired your design?

“I took inspiration from my many trips to Charleston, SC, where this tone of blue-green is quite common in the southern coastal homes. I wanted to create a sophisticated yet cozy coastal-inspired living room that feels very welcoming.”

Who would you recommend this color to?

“This color is perfect for anyone who wants to lighten up a space without foregoing color. It has a sea glass quality and works beautifully with natural materials like linen, jute, and natural greenery.”

 

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The Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year: Evergreen Fog

Evergreen Fog is an organic gray-green (with hints of blue undertones) that was inspired by the quiet calm of a forest and the sense of renewal that can be found outdoors. Versatile and calming, it brings subtle color to a room while offering an edge of sophistication.

Sherwin-Williams calls it “the color of new beginnings” and says it’s a soothing and “restorative shade that breathes freshness” into a space. That’s definitely something we can get behind!

Here’s how Modsy Designer, Katherine, brought Evergreen Fog to life…

What are your thoughts on the Sherwin-Williams 2022 color of the year?

“This color feels earthy and serene to me. It’s a very muted gray-green, which almost feels like a neutral. I think this is a huge win, because it’s versatile and would look amazing with many color palettes and in various styles and types of spaces.”

What about the color inspired your design?

“I was inspired by the calming and organic feel of this color. To me, it feels like early autumn! I wanted to accent it with other earthy materials and colors, like natural wood, deeper greens, and rusty reds, then juxtapose all those tones with crisp whites for a fresh touch.”

Who would you recommend this color to?

“If you are drawn to earth tones, or even neutral colors, but want to dip your toe into a color with a bit more saturation, Evergreen Fog is a perfect transition. I think this color would shine the most in spaces with abundant natural light!”

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The Benjamin Moore 2022 Color of the Year: October Mist

October Mist is a gentle shade of sage that evokes the silver-green stem of a flower. As a wall color, it quietly anchors a room, creating a canvas over which you can layer other colors. The versatility of October Mist is intended to encourage creativity and individual expression, so you can bring it to life in whatever way speaks to you.

This color is part of Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2022 palette, a collection of 14 hues that Benjamin Moore says is “harmonious yet diverse, reliable yet whimsical, and meditative yet eclectic.”

Read Next: The 13 Most Popular Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

Here’s how Modsy Designer, Katherine, brought October Mist to life…

What are your thoughts on the Benjamin Moore 2022 color of the year?

“This color is similar to the other two colors of the year, but it feels more muted than the others. I like to think of it like a pastel olive green! It could almost get away with being a neutral color in the right setting.”

What about the color inspired your design?

“I was inspired by the muted earthy tone of this hue. I wanted to play up the contrast that would make this color pop, so I used crisp whites and deep satin blacks to make this olivey-green really sing. It feels understated, so adding natural elements and going for a bit of a boho chic look really spoke to me.”

Who would you recommend this color to?

“If you are looking for hints of green but don’t want it to overpower the space, this is a lovely color. It can sway gray or green, depending on what you put in the space, so it’s actually very versatile. It’s a great paint choice for someone who likes to regularly switch up accent colors and decor within a space.”

Want to explore more popular paint colors? Check out our post on how to choose a color palette, plus the top 10 bedroom paint colors and the best living room paint colors.

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Top 10 Bedroom Paint Colors For 2021

We all spent a lot more time at home last year. And we’ll likely be doing the same the year, too. While our living and dining rooms may have turned into action-packed offices and classrooms, our bedrooms became the ultimate sanctuary for rest and retreat.

So, to get set for the rest of 2021, now’s the time to give your bedroom a facelift and make it feel even more relaxing and special. Beyond having all the right bedroom essentials, consider sprucing up your wall color with a fresh coat of paint! It’s the easiest way to transform your bedroom into a serene and cozy haven—whether you’re painting an accent wall in a minty green or going for an earthy neutral all around.

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But with so many paint options, narrowing down your bedroom paint colors can be challenging. To help you with that, we’ve rounded up our top 10 bedroom paint colors from Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, and Sherwin-Williams that are sure to change up the vibe in your space. Read on to see the colors and get our tips along the way!

If you’re just starting to think about paint colors for your bedroom, check out our guide for how to choose a color palette. Or get inspiration from the 2021 colors of the year and our gallery for bedroom design ideas.

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1. Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball

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Hague Blue is a deep, saturated blue and it makes for a bedroom paint color that feels traditional and stately. It has undertones of green, which give it a timeless, dramatic touch.

The vibe: Compared to other bedroom colors, Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue can make your bedroom feel like a cocoon—or a cave but in the most positive way! It’s a wall color that plays up an instant feeling of warmth and comfort, and it will add a calming and cozy look.

How to make it work: Hague Blue is great for updated traditional and modern rustic interiors. You’ll want to contrast it with pops of lighter colors in your decor for balance—think white linens, a vintage rusty-orange rug, a green ottoman or art. The color also works beautifully with Mid-Century Modern designs and jewel-tones for a more bold look.

It’s perfect if you… love bold wall colors but want something sophisticated and timeless.

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2. Pavilion Grey, Farrow & Ball

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Pavilion Grey is a cool and classic medium-toned grey. It has subtle blue undertones, which makes it the perfect neutral that still feels warm and cozy. It’s closest in color to earth tones.

The vibe: Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Grey can bring in a contemporary and spacious look that opens up a bedroom. It’s a paint color that mixes with most colors and it creates a soothing environment—especially when there’s nice ambient lighting or lots of natural light.

How to make it work: This shade is a true universal neutral, which means it goes with many different styles of furniture and decor. You can play up the color’s warmth by pairing it with other warm accents and furnishings, like beige upholstery and wood tones, or it can blend seamlessly with cool blue tones. Try contrasting this grey wall color with white trims for a crisp look.

It’s perfect if you… want color on the wall that’s not too bold and has just enough personality.

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3. Ripe Olive, Sherwin-Williams

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This rich and earthy olive-green by Sherwin Williams is the perfect hue for an elegant bedroom. It’s a paint color with cool yellow undertones, which makes it feel sumptuous and sophisticated.

The vibe: Sherwin-Williams’s Ripe Olive is one of those bedroom colors that immediately gives your space a rustic, updated traditional look and feel. It’s the perfect bedroom paint because it brings a grounded, inviting feel. And even though it’s on the bolder side, it still feels calming.

How to make it work: You can count on this Sherwin-Williams olive shade to work with other rich neutrals, such as darker wood tones, crisp black and white upholstery, or tan leathers. It will also stand out next to metal details, such as brass and gold tones, which will make it pop.

It’s perfect if you… like an earthy, saturated color that has a timeless yet trendy vibe, or if you love the look of green room color schemes.

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4. Saybrook Sage, Benjamin Moore

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Part of Benjamin Moore’s historic collection, this paint color exudes traditional elegance. It’s a tried-and-true classic green and yellow undertones, making it a warmer green shade.

The vibe: Benjamin Moore’s Saybrook Sage offers a springy vibe for a bedroom. It has a subtle presence, making it a shade that’s light and airy, like a breath of fresh air. It’s the perfect blend of energetic and calming.

How to make it work: While this Benjamin Moore sage can feel very traditional, it can also be eclectic depending on your bedroom furniture and decor. Try pairing the color with natural materials, like caning, rattan, natural woods, linen, and jute, for a layered and texture look.

It’s perfect if you… like classic colors or something earthy that’s not overly saturated or dark.

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5. Georgetown Pink, Benjamin Moore

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Also from the Benjamin Moore historic collection, Georgetown Pink is one of the best bedroom colors for an easy, elegant look. Its beige undertone makes it a warm pink that goes with lots of color schemes.

The vibe: This is a classic Benjamin Moore hue that still feels somewhat youthful. With this soft pink, you can bring a warm, peachy vibe to the bedroom. and it adds a cozy-cottage-like ambience, so your space will always feel homey.

How to make it work: Perfect for classic, coastal, and traditional-style interiors, this shade can sway more pink or beige depending on the lighting and accent pieces in your bedroom. Try pairing it with bright blue-and-white pieces and natural textures—preppy pillows, a patterned rug, colorful art, woven seating—to keep this pink bedroom look from looking flat or muddy.

It’s perfect if you… want a timeless paint color with a hint of bright warmth.

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6. Simply White, Benjamin Moore

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Simply white is fresh, clean and crisp Benjamin Moore classic. It’s neither cool nor warm, which makes it a universal go-to paint color for a bedroom, no matter the style.

The vibe: The best thing about Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is that it has universal appeal, meaning it can work across all interior styles, from modern to traditional to rustic. It also always sets a crisp tone while providing a backdrop that’s simple and serene.

How to make it work: The best way to work in this Benjamin Moore white, without it feeling stark or cold, is to add in lots of textures, like a carved-wood bed and a sheepskin rug. And layer in art and bright lighting for pops of color and pattern. You can also get more ideas for furnishing a white room in our guide to decorating with white.

It’s perfect if you… want a tried-and-true bedroom color that’s a blank canvas to build on.

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7. Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore

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A light gray with warm undertones, Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter is a classic shade of grey that’s the perfect, unifying neutral.

The vibe: Revere Pewter has a way of instilling a warm, calming, restorative feeling in the bedroom. It’s also an anchoring neutral, meaning it can easily work with multiple color schemes because it has a bit of weight to it visually.

How to make it work: This soothing Benjamin Moore grey is the kind of bedroom paint color that’s great in transitional, rustic, and minimalist interiors. Pair it with other warm neutral furnishings and accents, such as textured gray bedding, light-toned and white-painted woods, and natural fiber pieces. It will all work with this pewter grey shade to add an earthy, restful feeling to your bedroom.

It’s perfect if you… want a neutral paint color that’s more saturated and cozy. Also check out our tips for decorating with neutral paint colors.

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8. Moody Blue, Sherwin-Williams

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Almost like a turquoise blue but a bit more unsaturated and sophisticated, Sherwin-Williams’ Moody Blue has green undertones and brings both lightness and energy into a bedroom.

The vibe: Soft and easy on the eyes, this Sherwin-Williams blue is both calming and uplifting. It has effortlessness to it’s one of the best bedroom colors if you want a space that’s serene, soothing, and stimulating all at once.

How to make it work: Although it’s a relatively light shade, this Sherwin-Williams blue is still very saturated, so pair it with neutrals or even lighter tones to offset it. This will help add lightness to your space and open it up. It’s a great pick for coastal and boho interiors. Mix it with other pastels, eclectic furnishings, and woven accents for a chic and whimsical look.

It’s perfect if you… love blue room color schemes or simply want a space that’s bright without being overwhelming or too bold.

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9. Dimity, Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball’s Dimity is similar to a very pale taupe because it has red undertones. It also means this a great color for adding warmth and depth without feeling intrusive in the bedroom.

The vibe: Dimity is an elegant and soft neutral shade that gives a room a sumptuous feeling without coming off as overly dainty. It’s the perfect paint color if you want something that’s slightly warmer than white but not as saturated as beige.

How to make it work: It’s a paint color that’s super versatile, so it works with classic, rustic, traditional, or eclectic interiors. Contrast it with other neutrals, such as bright whites and warm grays, and natural wood tones. The key is to play on both the cool and warm sides of Dimity, so mix it with beige and pink accent seating as well as crisp white bedding and sheepskins.

It’s perfect if you… like neutral colors but want warmth, depth and something that adds a bit of coziness to a space.

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10. Sea Salt, Sherwin Williams

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A light shade of green, Sherwin Williams’s Sea Salt has a freshness and airiness to it. It feels instinctively coastal, and it’s the paint color you want for a bedroom that feels light and breezy.

The vibe: Sea Salt brings the ease of oceanside style and coastal homes to any bedroom. So it’s a perfect relaxing shade to lean into for coastal, transitional, and minimal interiors.

How to make it work: It’s one of those bedroom colors where a little can go a long way, so consider using it as an accent wall color. It’s a great way to play up this green, as it can easily feel overwhelming on all four walls—which can be the case with greens that appear soft at first. (You find out more in our tips for accent wall designs.) Pair this Sea Salt shade with other neutrals, shades of blues, and light wood tones for that elegant seaside look.

It’s perfect if you… want a bright and light paint color without it being a neutral.

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A Decade of Color: Looking Back at Every Pantone Color from the 2010s

Every year since 2000, Pantone has been the de facto color authority of the design world. Their Color of the Year sets the tone (and trends) for the next 12 months ahead. But it wasn’t until the 2010s that Pantone’s Color of the Year started making waves and influencing trends.

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Often linked to the cultural zeitgeist of the times, Pantone’s color experts comb the world for inspiration, looking everywhere from the entertainment industry to travel trends to even socio-economic conditions to determine the hue for the following year. While the jury is still out on the true impact of color in environmental psychology, it’s fun to learn about how and why Pantone chooses the color they do each year.

It’s become a much-anticipated forecast each December that impacts trends in home decor, fashion, beauty, and more.

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As they gear up to announce their 2021 color, we’re taking a look back at the Pantone colors of the previous decade—many of which were inspired by the natural world, a prominent theme across home decor during the 2010s.

Keep reading for a fun and colorful ride down the Pantone memory lane!

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Pantone 2010 Color of the Year: Turquoise

The Color DNA: A blend of the serene qualities of blue with the invigorating nature of green.

The Backstory: This uplifting hue was a much-needed dose of calm at the time. The world was still recovering from the financial crisis of 2008 and Pantone’s experts explained that they wanted to energize people and give them a feeling of relaxation and escape through this hue.

What We Love About It: The tropical flavor. The sense of escape. That feeling of being on vacation.

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Pantone 2011 Color of the Year: Honeysuckle

The Color DNA: Not quite fuchsia but a red-hued shade of pink.

The Backstory: Honeysuckle was also touted as a color for every day that’s anything but “every day.” It was courageous, confident, and charismatic.

Bright and bold were the driving philosophies behind this hue, which came at a time when the experts felt the world needed a brave new color for a brave new world. (For context, Instagram was barely a year old!)

What We Love About It: It reminds us of summer. It’s a happy mood-booster and is joyfully optimistic.

Pantone 2012 Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

The Color DNA: An energetic orange-red that shakes things up.

The Backstory: The experts at Pantone sensed a universal lull in 2012 and thought that the world needed waking up. They devised this bright, vibrant shade to be the alarm clock for us to collectively rise and shine.

What We Love About It: The positively charged sunrise and sunset vibes. It makes us want to try out a red color scheme!

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Pantone 2013 Color of the Year: Emerald

The Color DNA: A tamer take of the tried-and-true jewel tone.

The Backstory: Things got a bit more mellow this year, so for the 2013 color it was back to classics. The experts settled on emerald, which was meant to “enhance our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony.” This 2013 emerald Pantone color wasn’t overly aggressive or loud, but just as lush, luminous, and luxurious.

What We Love About It: The timeless elegance. The casual sophistication. The classic feels. (You can’t get much more luxuriously classic than jewel tone decor).

Feeling inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year 2013 and want to learn more about how to decorate your home with shades of green? Check out our guide on the best color schemes for green, or explore the bold colored rooms trend.

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

The Color DNA: The best of purple, fuchsia, and pink combined in one stunning color.

The Backstory: This was a year for big ideas all over, and Pantone’s experts chose this hue for its inspiring, creative energy. They believed that the color would spark confidence and radiate joy, love, and health.

What We Love About It: It’s perfectly chic, beautifully nuanced, and boldly invigorating.

Pantone 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

The Color DNA: A rich, earthy shade of wine red that feels full-bodied and grounded.

The Backstory: The earthiest hue we saw this decade, Pantone experts chose Marsala in 2015 as they say it’s a color that “enriches our minds, bodies, and souls.”

They also called attention to its versatility in home decor. Looking back, we have to agree that it was a color that perfectly warmed the home, and we’re actually seeing a renewed interest in these rich, earthy hues with the popular earth tones trend.

What We Love About It: The soulfulness. The deep-rooted comfort. The bold coziness.

Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity

The Color DNA: Rose Quartz is a warm, cheery shade that feels close to the much-crazed millennial pink. Serenity is a soft, almost lavender-tinted shade of light blue.

The Backstory: Rose Quartz AND Serenity? That’s right. For the first time, Pantone selected two shades to be the colors of the year in 2016. Rose Quartz and Serenity provided a softer, subtler contrast to the bolder colors that had come before.

Rose Quartz was said to convey a sense of compassion and composure while Serenity brought to mind weightlessness and airiness that were reminiscent of the sky. Together, the colors were meant to speak to a larger cultural craving for comfort and the increased blurring of gender lines.

What We Love About It: Rose Quartz’s gentle beauty. Serenity’s inspiring ease. Their blended reimagining of blue and pink.

We’re big believers that color is genderless. So, the gender blur of these two colors, and a subtle push toward gender equality in the design world, made us a big fan of the combined Pantone Color of the Year 2016. With that in mind—want to see some of our favorite ways to incorporate pink and blue into everyday designs? Check out our designers’ favorite pink bedroom designs, some foolproof color schemes for blue rooms, and our favorite gender neutral nursery color schemes.

Pantone color of the yearPantone 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

The Color DNA: A fresh, leafy, matcha-hyped green.

The Backstory: After a slight hiatus, it was back to Mother Nature in 2017. Greenery was meant to be refreshing and revitalizing and all about new beginnings. It was a clear desire to reconnect with nature and potentially a reaction to our ever-more technologically-dependent world.

What We Love About It: It signals spring. It feels deliciously fresh. It soothes our restlessness.

Pantone 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

The Color DNA: A dramatic, deeply provocative, and electric shade of purple.

The Backstory: Word around the Modsy office was “Prince Purple” when the color was announced. And fittingly so as the experts pointed out that the color was meant to be all about “originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.”

What We Love About It: The cosmic connotation. The regal reference. The Prince association.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral

The Color DNA: A peachy and electric pink.

The Backstory: For the past year, Living Coral has been the prominent color with clear ties to the beauty of our natural world. It hints at the warming reality that is the fragility of our oceans, where coral reefs are dying.

Pantone described the color as animating and life-affirming, and it’s perhaps a wake-up call, once again, for all of us to do better and turn our sights away from our technology-driven lives and toward the world around us.

What We Love About It: The passionate reference to our oceans. The jubilance of the color. The call to action it inspires in us.

Pantone classic blue color chipPantone 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue

The Color DNA: Not quite navy, this is a dark, deep blue that has an almost earthy undertone, reminding us of the sky at dusk.

The Backstory: Pantone chose Classic Blue in response to the growing frenzy and anxiety in the world due to technology. Of course, as this year proved, that frenzy and anxiety went far beyond technology.

No one knew what the year 2020 would hold—but the folks at Pantone were definitely onto something when they chose the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year. With all of the uncertainty this year has held, this nonaggressive and relatable shade of blue—described as a dependable color meant to provide refuge—was just what we needed. (Fun fact: the Sherwin Williams 2020 Color of the Year, Naval, hit similar notes and ideas).

What We Love About It: The return to traditional comforts. Its timeless nature. Its endless versatility. (There’s a reason why blue is one of our most popular living room color schemes).

And For 2021…

We’re not sure what 2021 will hold—for Pantone’s Color of the Year, or for the world at large. But, we’re predicting Pantone will go for something calming and comforting to soothe our frenzied souls, and a color that feels like a warm and cozy embrace!

 

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How 3 Designers Would Use Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 Color of the Year

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It’s that time of year again! We’re referring to that time when paint companies are casting their color trends for the upcoming year. And, of course, we’re here for all of it.

The latest major color forecast is from Sherwin-Williams, which recently announced its 2020 color of the year as Naval—a rich navy hue that has a layered backstory. The blue shade touches on our collective need to pursue wellness and our interest in biophilia (aka wanting to be close to nature). It also pays homage to the opulence and richness of the Art Deco era. All to say, Naval is all about stepping outside of the comfort zones of the classic navy.

To put the new hue to test right away, we tapped three of our designers to envision their take of Naval blue in the home. The result is three rooms that are stylistically different but equally captivating. Read on to see the spaces and get their tips for bringing this 2020 color of the year into your own home.

sherwin-williams navalLook #1: Coastal & Chic

Modsy Designer: Yoan W

Yoan’s Inspirations: Inspired by Naval’s relation to the natural world, Yoan drew from the color of the sea and the midnight sky. He also pulled in coral motifs and mother-of-pearl-like texture, such as on the front of a credenza.

How Yoan Used Naval: To play up the color’s story of reconnecting with nature, Yoan worked in a mix of natural textures, slightly formal furnishings, and white and beige tones. All together, these pieces contrast with the two accent walls that are painted in Naval.

For furnishings, Yoan kept to mostly slightly traditional pieces in neutral hues but played with contrast, such as juxtaposing a white sofa with a black coffee table. Similarly, he painted two accent walls in Naval as a way to create contrast with the white and beige tones throughout the room. Yoan also wove the hue into the space in other ways, incorporating an accent chair and a rug that has notes of blue to keep the space feeling balanced.

Finally, to play up the color’s story of reconnecting with nature, he also worked in a mix of natural textures, such as the coral and woven accents.

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sherwin-williams naval color of the yearLook #2: Modern & Minimal

Modsy Designer: Aimee M

Aimee’s Inspirations: Aimee was specifically inspired by the monochrome room trend but she also wanted to explore the idea of Naval as a neutral in a room.

How Aimee Used Naval: Taking a monochrome approach doesn’t mean Aimee’s room is one note. In fact, the resulting space is deeply layered. A room steeped in the hue can have major soothing vibes, like a cocoon, according to Aimee. To achieve that she made sure there was a layering of textures that appeal to all the senses.

That’s where the curated furnishing mix comes in. The velvet sofa brings a luxurious touch (and a bit of shine), the dark warm wood tones lend an organic beauty, and the streamlined mid-century forms add a lightness to the room. It all balances out the cool richness of the Naval walls. The result? A space that is simple, soothing, and super sophisticated.

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sherwin-williams naval ideaLook #3: Contemporary & Cutting Edge

Modsy Designer: Logan R

Logan’s Inspirations: The idea was for the room to feel like a moody beach house with a contemporary edge. Logan also wanted to tap into the organic modernism look in doing so.

How Logan Used Naval: This take on Naval is all about the contrast, starting with the overall muted palette of neutrals set against the blue backdrop. The Naval blue is pushed almost to a chalky-gray by way of contrast with the camel-brown sofa and warm-wood accents, which all provide lots of tactile and visual textures in the space.

For more subtle references to elements of nature, Logan played with shapes and patterns, from the coffee table and bookcase cutouts to the vases and urns to the fish motifs and abstract art. The result is a cool nod to organic notes without appearing theme-y.

The bold furnishings and contemporary designs also end up contrasting with Naval and bringing out the softer, more serene side of the blue shade.

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