Color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams Reveals Colormix Trend Forecast for 2020

Sherwin-Williams has announced its annual Colormix Forecast for 2020, revealing a collection of 45 influential colors.

The hues are part of five curated collections: Alive, Mantra, Play, Haven, and Heart.

Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, and a team of Global Color Forecasters researched emerging color trends and influential shades around the world – from pop culture to design and beyond – to come up with their selections. The team noticed an abundance of warm, joyous, and serene shades standing out among the pack.

Haven dining room, photography via Sherwin-Williams

“We expect 2020 to be an empowering year of change that will focus on bringing your best self into the new decade,” Wadden said in a press release. “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.”

Below, we’re breaking down the five different color collections being spotlighted by Sherwin-Williams for 2020, and how the hues can come to life within interior spaces.


Alive living room, photography via Sherwin-Williams

Alive is all about rich neutrals, inspired by nature and boosted by the use of locally-sourced materials.

“Optimistic and authentic, Alive centers around being present and soaking up every moment,” the brand explained about this collection. “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.”

As part of the Alive collection, you can find the Sherwin-Williams colors Ripe Olive SW 6209, Naval SW 6244, Sleepy Blue SW 6225, Tassel SW 6369, Endless Sea SW 9150, Touch of Sand SW 9085, Sandbank SW 6052, Canyon Clay SW 6054, and the brand’s 2019 Color of the Year: Cavern Clay SW 7701.

Alive room, photography via Sherwin-Williams


Mantra kitchen, photography via Sherwin-Williams

“East meets West in this serene collection of softly muted neutrals that glide from warm to cool,” Sherwin-Williams said of the internationally-inspired Mantra range. “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.”

The calming yet distinctly modern Mantra line is composed of the shades 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, and Spatial White SW 6259.

Mantra room, photography via Sherwin-Williams


Play living room, photography via Sherwin-Williams

With a name like “Play,” you know this range is all about taking childlike fun to the next level.

“This energetic and clever palette exudes charm through buoyant, playful color,” the brand shared. “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.”

The vibrant shades in this collection are 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, and Caviar SW 6990.

Play room, photography via Sherwin-Williams


Haven room, photography via Sherwin-Williams

When you return home after working or journeying all day, you want to feel welcomed and comforted. That’s what “Haven” is all about.

“Like being welcomed home with open arms, this nature-inspired palette beckons to those who seek to transform their space into an oasis,” Sherwin-Williams said. “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.”

As part of the collection, you will find the colors 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, and Functional Gray SW 7024.


Heart living room, photography via Sherwin-Williams

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

The Heart range is composed of the colors 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, and Verde Marrón SW 9124.

Heart room, photography via Sherwin-Williams

Stay tuned on House Tipster Industry for more updates from the Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast for 2020 – plus more trending colors for the year ahead.

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