Color in Balance: A Look at Design in 2020

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Sherwin-Williams is announcing its annual Colormix® Forecast, a collection of 45 hues that bring joy, serenity, and focus to the mind, body, and spirit. This year’s standout hues are expressed through five inspirational and balanced color collections that warmly welcome a new decade in home and commercial design: Alive, Mantra, Play, Haven, and Heart. “We expect 2020 to be an empowering year of change that will focus on bringing your best self into the new decade,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Homeowners and designers alike are seeking warmth—colors that feel human and natural. The colors in these five palettes, when invited into our spaces, pave the way for wellness and self-nurturance”. Wadden and the Global Forecast Team of color professionals at Sherwin-Williams spent the year researching
color, design, and pop culture trends across the globe, all culminating in a collaborative workshop to build the collection of simple, clean and essential hues. The forecast includes a wide spectrum of blues, shades of terracotta, warm neutrals, pinks, and deep greens.



Optimistic and authentic, Alive centers around being present and soaking up every moment. Nurturing neutrals are artfully arranged with rich blues and a deep, ripe olive that evoke a satisfying and rejuvenating sense of community and living well. When using this palette, incorporate materials and finishes that are locally-sourced, handmade, and reflective of care and craftsmanship.

Ripe Olive SW 6209

Naval SW 6244

Sleepy Blue SW 6225

Tassel SW 6369

Endless Sea SW 9150

Cavern Clay SW 7701

Touch of Sand SW 9085

Sandbank SW 6052

Canyon Clay SW 6054


East meets West in this serene collection of softly muted neutrals that glide from warm to cool. Nordic simplicity entwines with the order and elegance of Japanese aesthetics to create a look that’s simple, yet utterly essential. Mantra lends itself to clean lines, minimal ornamentation, warm metals, and rounded forms.

Grayish SW 6001

Breathless SW 6022

Mystical Shade SW 6276

Software SW 7074

Misty SW 6232

Poised Taupe SW 6039

Glamour SW 6031

Individual White SW 6008

Spatial White SW 6259


This energetic and clever palette exudes charm through buoyant, playful color. Anchored by a fresh, pure white, it’s peppered with surprising pops of bright pink, aqua, and gold and balanced through monochromatic neutrals. Its mission is to add joy and warmth to every space it touches. Lean into Play by sourcing unique lighting, fun patterns, and varied textures.

Juneberry SW 6573

Pure White SW 7005

Eros Pink SW 6860

Gambol Gold SW 6690

Oceanside SW 6496

Rock Candy SW 6231

Auric SW 6692

Aquarium SW 6767

Caviar SW 6990


Like being welcomed home with open arms, this nature-inspired palette beckons to those who seek to transform their space into an oasis. Drawing upon Earth’s seasonal cycles, it features rich, yet subtle shades of sea, sand, forest, and sky to organically bring the outdoors in. Extend Haven into décor through sustainably-sourced materials and biophilic features.

Acacia Haze SW 9132

Beige Intenso SW 9096

Pewter Green SW 6208

Perle Noir SW 9154

Eider White SW 7014

Stardew SW 9138

Kingdom Gold SW 6698

Granite Peak SW 6250

Functional Gray SW 7024


A confluence of genres and emotions, Heart is a unique fusion of iconic modern design mixed with an intergenerational boho vibe. From silky neutral tones to clove and soft coral, these hues are meditation in comfort, connection, and pleasures found in the everyday. This palette pairs well with retro-inspired accessories and warm, earthy finishes.

Angora SW 6036

Likeable Sand SW 6058

Redend Point SW 9081

Original White SW 7077

Cocoa Whip SW 9084

Dark Clove SW 9183

Coral Clay SW 9005

Diverse Beige SW 6079

Verde Marrón SW 9124

Learn more about Sherwin-Williams 2020 Colormix Forecast and other color selection resources at