When it comes to a home’s color scheme, beauty is largely in the eye of the beholder. However, there is value in knowing what color combinations are popular, attractive and desirable by homebuyers – especially as a real estate agent. So, what’s in and what’s out in 2020? Upon researching expert opinions, statistics and projections for the near future, the resounding conclusion is that a move from cool, basic colors to warmer, more exciting tones is underway. Please enjoy and take note of our most important color trend findings:
IN: Dark Neutrals
Think black and navy blue are too dark to be considered neutrals? Think again. According to recent studies, 66% of designers polled agree that black is a neutral tone, with 44% also including olive or sage green and 42% naming navy blue in the category as well. The new neutral is being redefined to include more pigmented and bold hues, which opens up a world of possibility for designers and homeowners keen on a neutral color palette. Accent a black wall with wood or beige furniture, plants and fun light fixtures – and don’t be afraid of a little darkness!
Have you seen enough grey yet? Interior design expert, Ariel Okin sure has. Much interior design in the late 2010s saw a movement toward varying hues of grey, often combined to create an overwhelmingly industrial look. While pale grey hues can be nice when accentuated with pops of color, too much grey can have an adverse effect. What we’re seeing now in the design world is a shift from cool greys to warm beiges and more comforting colors.
A longtime favorite that has seen a bit of a decline in recent years, beige is making its way back into the spotlight. Soft and soothing on the eye, beige pairs nicely with natural wood, black and white furniture for a classic and sophisticated neutral look. “After a decade of grey dominating the interior design world, we find ourselves desperately seeking warmer, more reassuring hues” says interior design consultant, SampleBoard. “The days of optimism and retro-mania are pushing us towards warmer color schemes with off-whites, champagne and beige as the foundation colors of the new aesthetic.” Looks like beige is back and better than ever!
OUT: White Monochrome
There’s a fine line between staying safe and lacking in personality. When you opt for pale colored monochrome rooms, such as ones with all white walls, floors and furniture, Jonathan Rachman of Decorist feels that you may be crossing that line. A conservative choice, the white monochrome look can make for a sterile and lifeless aesthetic when executed poorly. Rather than use white on every surface, we recommend varying your color palette and playing with warmer neutrals.
IN: Olive green
If color trends really are influenced by the world around us, then it makes sense that olive green, associated with wellness and nature, is experiencing a spike in popularity expected to last for years to come. Introducing serene green colors to your home, particularly olive, helps to create a calming space reminiscent of the outdoors, which is especially ideal for those of us who spend a lot of time on our electronic devices and can use a visual retreat from the digital world. Like purchasing indoor plants, adding olive green to a room is beneficial to our mental health and can be done generously or subtly. Check out these decorating ideas for inspiration.
OUT: Cool Tones
Goodbye, cool colors and hello, warmth and saturated vibes. Marika Meyer of Meyer Interiors believes that this is the current trend with everything from paint colors to textile choices, due to the industrial and institutional feelings associated with colors like grey and blue. If you’re after a warm and welcoming aesthetic with plenty of personality, hues like yellow, beige and champagne are a more favorable choice.
The color of optimism and happiness, yellow instantly adds a splash of liveliness and light to any room. While yellowhas historically been used sparingly and as an accent wall color, it’s been enjoying a rebirth with the introduction of Generation Z to the homebuyer market. Playing it safe and neutral is common for older generations, but 26% of designers in a recent survey say that Gen-Z favors bright and vibrant hues in their homes. Don’t hesitate to use a warm, golden yellow to bring bedrooms, living rooms, workspaces and nurseries back to life this year!
Are you an interior design lover, too? What are your favorite color schemes? Join the conversation in the comments below!