Interior Designers Predict the Next 10 Years of Paint Trends

Sherwin-Williams interviewed 250 interior designers to find out what's in, what's out, and what's next in paint trends.

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If you’ve painted one, you’ve probably painted a hundred homes with the modern farmhouse palette over the past few years: All-white walls—or light grays—accented with shiplap or barnwood. But take heart: The color-trend pendulum appears to be slowly swinging the other way, and it has a brighter outlook.

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At least, that is what appears to be happening, according to the 250 designers who dished to Sherwin-Williams to reveal what’s in, what’s out, and what’s next for the world of paint color and design for 2020 and beyond.

Paint Trends: What’s In

Neutrals will never disappear, of course, but it seems that both designers and homeowners are becoming more flexible about what “neutral” really means.

Lately, cooler-toned white and gray hues have been the go-to, but designers are reporting that warmer beiges are beginning to take over.

There are also some nontraditional neutral colors coming to the forefront; namely, black, sage green and navy blue.

Blush pink, a favorite of millennials, as a neutral canvas for a room—or house—ranked lower on the nontraditional-neutral list: Only 35 percent of designers agreed it qualified.

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Paint Trends By Generation

Those who make up Gen Z are moving into homes and making them their own. Designers say about a fifth of them have a surprising, vibrant pick: They’re the most likely age group to request oranges and yellows.

Paint Trends: What’s Next

It’s just paint—but generally speaking, homeowners still see using bolder colors in their homes as a risk. According to interior designers, homeowners are most willing to take the leap in a bathroom or powder room—small space, big impact—followed much more distantly by living room, bedroom and dining room.

Of course, none of this comes as a great surprise: Most clients want their home to feel either warm and welcoming, or relaxing and peaceful. The best news is, all of these colors can help them achieve either look.

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