What are the interior design color trends for 2020 as predicted by interior designers around the world?

If you’re someone who wants to ride the crest of what’s in and what’s new in paint color design ideas for your living space, this article is for you.

Color Trends for 2020 according to Professionals

Monochromatic Palette


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Some interior designers consider the monochromatic palette as something that we should move away from. However, this scheme can be very restful and harmonic since it uses only one base color. It will be difficult for you to strike a discordant note in this paint color design. You just change the tint (add white), tone (add grey), or shade (add black), then you can have your monochromatic scheme.

One of the trends in the world’s leading consumer goods trade fair called Ambiente Trends 2020 is shaped+softened where there is a “… restrained use of color, a neutral palette with white and grey nuances – now warm, now cool in tendency – powerful in their coherence, soothing, restful and natural.”

If you’re a DIY beginner in painting your home, go monochromatic, it is an easy palette and the results will be restful and calming.

Bold Monochromatics


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Elle Decor espouses this trend which uses deep, bold hues like ultramarine, emerald green or eggplant.

In the room above, black is the base color, which lightens to a dark slate grey on the walls or a gun metal shade for the doors.

This color scheme is for the bold and daring, because there are no in-betweens for this kind of paint color idea.

Ambiente Trends 2020 uses subdued and dark colors for the trend called precise+architectural. The mood of this trend is sophisticated, minimalistic and structured.

Statement Ceilings


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Another paint color idea that requires some boldness would be to paint your ceiling a hue other than white or a light neutral color.

Dark ceilings bring drama and intimacy to a space. It creates the illusion of bringing down the ceiling. If you’ve got a high ceiling, this is a good trick to use to make the room seem less cavernous. A very dark ceiling, in this case black, also hides the mess of pipes and wiring systems. This trick is used by some commercial establishments like restaurants or shops. Next time you enter one, try looking up. You may see part of the anatomy of a build.


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This barrel ceiling is mad! Fabulous mad! This room is so flamboyant but so well put together. See how the patterns on the ceiling work with the patterns on the floor, the sofa, even the tiles and shape of the fountain outside. That view almost looks like a painting hung on the wall because of its perfect curation. Even the slant of the tree trunk seems orchestrated!  Leave this kind of styling to the experts though. They have a different feel for space and design than us ordinary mortals, and can incorporate interiors with exteriors. Add to that is their deep understanding of design elements and principles, plus more extensive knowledge in other areas needed in the art and science of building design.

Read Dress Up Your Ceiling with Paint and be informed how colors can change the mood and feel of a room.

Dark Painted Doors


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Doors are usually painted white, beige or brown. You do know that you could always make this architectural feature stand out with a bold color, right? Just make sure that you think about the whole space when you do it.

Having a bold color for your front door can also increase your curb appeal. It also does make it easier for people to find your home. Something like,
Tita 1: “Anong address mo, mare?
Tita 2: “Ay, nakalimutan ko e. Basta pagdating mo sa village, hanapin mo iyong orange ang pintuan doon sa may bandang playground. Yun na yon!” (Add lip-pointing here.)

Note in the photo above that the black color does not stop with the door but is extended all the way across the ceiling to really highlight the hallway. Demarcating areas, creating impact – just two of the functions of color.

Read How to Paint Doors to get you going with your own DIY door project.

Earth Tones


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One of the top trends identified by Architectural Digest is what they call Simple Luxuries –

Call it a response to the societal chaos that 2019 has wrought, but in 2020, the idea of home-as-sanctuary will be stronger than ever. That translates as a kind of calm, pared-back, warm minimalism that Riberti describes as “lived-in yet refined.”

“We will move away from a culture of extreme polarities toward embracing a more harmonious outlook,” says Kai Chow, creative director at Doneger. “Humans are feeling a greater need to be connected to nature and you will see elements of the ‘great outdoors’ infusing interior design.” The cozy Scandinavian influence will endure with organic shapes and natural tones still key design elements, Chow and Riberti say. It’s all about materials with sustainability in mind—natural wood, recycled textiles, undyed yarns, and plush soft fabrics, along with warm terra-cotta earthenware for table accessories.

The Drama of Black and White


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We’ve said it before and we will say it again: Black and white is a classic that will never go out of style. The pairing of these two colors (although black is technically not considered a color), which are at both ends of the spectrum, will always carry that tension of power and drama, yet give that harmonious feel.

The iconic outfit of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which came out 60 years ago, is emulated by today’s ladies who want to be chic, sophisticated, and fashionable! For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, please google it. It’s that little black dress with the demi-lune cutouts at the back designed by Hubert Givenchy which Audrey paired with a pearl necklace, a tiara and black gloves. Definitely not something that the Uniqlo crowd would wear, but hey, if that’s what we want, we can channel that vibe in our home and who’s to stop us.

Look at the contrast in the black and white interiors above. See the repeating lines and the play of patterns on the floor which are echoed by the pendant lamp. This small room exudes simple elegance.

One Paint Color for All Surfaces


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Instead of painting the millwork (e.g., sash, trim, jamb) with different colors, what is in these days is to paint everything in one color. Some interior designers even go as far as to paint the ceilings in the same color.

Warm, Rich Hues


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Grey on grey is out. After ten years, interior designers and their clients are over it. There was even a comment in one of the Boysen FB posts, “Grey is for the lazy.”

I beg to disagree. For me, grey will always have a place in the color choices of people. But nowadays when socio-political and economic situations bring gloom, drabness and even sadness to our lot, we need a remedy. So let’s put grey in the back seat for now. Let’s choose warm hues with rich-colored accents.

For ideas, visit the Boysen Color Trends website.

Pop Goes the Cabinet Colors


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Let your furniture have some fun! Paint your cabinets in fun, bright colors. This is connected to the previous trend, but in this case, we talk about your furniture and not your walls and ceilings.

Check out the Boysen tutorials so you’ll know how to go about painting wood, concrete or metal.

In Brief

Those are some of the color trends given by professionals today. Use it or not, the choice is yours. Color is a very personal thing, and in the end, YOU are the expert. Just go to any of our Boysen Mix and Match Stations and have your fill of the available swatches.

If you have technical questions, give our friendly Community Manager a buzz at ask@myboysen.com.


Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions (https://talkinglions.com). She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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