Trends in House Painting Colors for 2020

Nothing contributes more to the mood of a room than the paint it sports. Different colors give off distinctive auras in various settings, and homeowners have an endless gamut of shades to choose from for the perfect tinge. If you are looking for something to put on your walls before the year ends, here are a few 2019 trends to consider:

Moody Colors

Unlike a few years ago, when homeowners leaned more to the brighter end of the paint spectrum, there has been a recent shift towards the darker side, which Kalaj Painting co-founder Joseph Kalaj hasn’t failed to notice.

“As painters in Orange County, heading into 2020, we are seeing darker colors such as navy blues and greens being used, and even black is now emerging as a popular neutral tone for interiors,” he says.
Moody Colors

Trout Gray has stood out as one of the more revered “moody” hues, thanks to its complex undertones and velvety appearance. These provide rich depth that is absent in standard interior colors. You can use it on accent walls or cabinetry for a dramatic statement or your bathroom to achieve a den-like appearance.

Warm Whites

White has always been a favorite among homeowners and interior designers, but there has been a notable change in 2019. People are choosing cozy whites over the traditional bright white, with tried-and-true shades such as Antique and Swiss Coffee White receiving the most affection.

Contrasting Black

2019 is black’s year, according to paint manufacturers, and its ability to bring out the best in white and other traditional brighter colors has been its main selling point. Black is a great foundation color. It can blend with anything, and that makes it an excellent backdrop.

Dark walls can give a room a cozy aura and make it seem as if the walls have been pushed back to create more room. If you have a small space that you want to look bigger, black is definitely worth giving a go.
Contrasting Black
For anyone who wants to avoid the brighter colors at all costs, green, gold, brass, soft grey, and dusky pink are all great complementary options.

Navy Blue

The darkest form of blue appears almost black in its pure form. It is an excellent alternative to black as it holds a similar feel of seriousness, elegance, strength, and solidity. It is a masculine hue, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be somber. If you need a lively maritime ambiance in your living room or bedroom, you can use it alongside crisp white. Pairing it with brighter colors such as sunny yellow and lime green, on the other hand, gives you a vivacious and contemporary look.

Navy is pretty versatile and can be used in a wide range of décor styles.


Ombre has been trending for quite some time now, and it is based on hue transition from light shades to dark ones, usually of the same color. This style is also called gradient or degradation, and it can be used in a wide range of décor types.

Ombre requires a masterful approach, and can best be implemented by an experienced artist with the right painting tools. Be sure to ask for an outline of how your walls will look before committing.

Dark Green

Not all color trends in 2019 are new. In fact, most are inspirations from the past, which interior designers revive and give a new function and purpose. Hunter Green, for instance, is a popular trend from the 1990s that has made a comeback in a slightly different shade: dark green. Vibrant green colors combine well with dark tones to give your house the perfect balance of bold and subtle. What makes dark green special is that you don’t need much of it to achieve a significant change in your home. You can use it in your bathroom or on your accent wall in the living room or bedroom.
Dark Green

Cavern Clay

Cavern Clay is a rich and warm yet subtle color that comes in a spectrum of shades that all share ancient, elemental roots. The bold new color has been a favorite among adventurous interior designers over the past couple of months, but it really burst onto the scene when Sherwin-Williams picked it as its color of the year for 2019.

Cavern Clay might give you memories of the mid-century modern (MCM) color choices and styles, when interior designers worshipped solid and modest colors. More than half a century later, the color is back, much to the delight of those who don’t mind getting their feet wet.



2019 has been an exciting year for both remodelers and homeowners. The range of painting color options has been stretched, and you can finally find something that is trendy and hasn’t been overused. Better yet, most of these trends are likely to remain in style in 2020, meaning you have another full year to rock your little “discovery.”

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