Paint: A Fresh Start

The new decade has inspired new trends in paint. This year’s top tints are curious, cheeky and crisp.

Classic Blue | Pantone

Clean, vibrant, classic: Pantone’s choice for 2020 is a boundless blue evocative of the evening sky. Thought to aid concentration and provide clarity and calm, Classic Blue was chosen through thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. Pantone’s Colour of the Year has long influenced product development in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial and graphic design.


Oxford Navy | Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan’s much-loved Chalk Paint line has found a new hue. Reminiscent of traditional Indian block printing and nineteenth century military uniforms, Oxford Navy is a deep, inky blue named after Oxford University’s insignia and the brand’s English headquarters. Like all Chalk Paint products, Oxford Navy is easily applied to virtually any surface including furniture, walls and floors without the need for priming or sanding.

Serenity Collection | Jolie Paint

Now available in Canada, this water-based, non-toxic and low-VOC paint collection contains five colours that evoke feelings of tranquility and calm. Dove Grey, Palace White, Zen, Misty Cove and Eucalyptus offer different takes on neutral tones, from cool greys and crisp whites to subtle pinks and muted greens.

First Light | Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year is a stark contrast to its competitors’ picks. Soft, delicate and feminine, the pinky hue is a cheeky alternative for neutral-lovers who gravitate towards white and beige. First light is one of 10 colours identified by the brand as top trends for the new decade.

Chinese Porcelain | DULUX

DULUX’s Colour of the Year is a rich, traditional tone that combines the energy of cobalt blue with the depth of muted navy. Drawing on the influences of sea and sky, Chinese Porcelain makes a bold statement as an accent wall, or as the colour of choice for rich, drama-seeking rooms.

Colour by Nature | Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball’s newest palette contains 16 colours imagined in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London, England. Blending vibrant and jewel-like oranges and reds with natural and opulent green and blues, the collection finds its inspiration in the museum’s rare book library and Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, an 1814 guide used by Charles Darwin to identify colours on his seminal voyage on the HMS Beagle. Also featuring neutral shades, Colour by Nature is a celebration of curiosity for the natural world.