Our favorite “colors of the year”

Posted on: February 10, 2020

Each year, the major color companies reveal a “color of the year.” For 2020, paint companies tapped into the natural world for inspiration, with the majority of the colors being a shade of blue. We may see more of these colors in both commercial and residential applications.

2020 Colors of the Year





(L-R) Pantone’s Classic Blue (19-4052), Behr’s Back to Nature (S340-4), PPG’s Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6), Benjamin Moore’s First Light (2102-70), and Sherwin Williams’ Naval (SW 6244).

Employee Poll

We polled our employees to see what their favorite color of the year is:

Favorite Color Of The Year

Our employees chose Sherwin Williams’ Naval as their favorite 2020 color. Sherwin Williams describes Naval as “a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence… Giving a nod to Art Deco influences, Naval fuses the striking and bold opulence of Art Deco with the awe‑inspiring power of nature – from the infinite night sky to the mysterious depths of the sea – bringing navy out of its comfort zone to usher in an empowering new year and fresh decade of change.”

New Laminate Collections

In addition to colors, there are other design trends in our industry worth noting. Both Formica and Wilsonart (manufacturers of laminate sheets) have recently launched new laminate collections. 

Formica describes its SurfaceSet® 2020 Collection as uncovering “the overlap between natural, human and digital aspects.” It includes 30 laminate colors and designs and 2 new textures.

This past fall, Wilsonart released its LUJO™ Collection. The high pressure laminate (HPL), thermally fused laminate (TFL) and edgeband designs feature “authentic-looking wood finishes that invoke the presence of real wood construction,” according to a press release from Wilsonart. Additionally, Wilsonart introduced new colors in its Color Me Intrigued Virtual Design Library.

Cooper Enterprises uses HPL in many of our cold press lamination projects. When you choose Cooper Enterprises for laminated panels, we can source laminate from many of the popular suppliers.

What color and design trends are you excited about this year? Let us know!

Disclaimer: Product mentions and links in this article do not imply endorsement; they are provided as examples and sources for further exploration.

Blog by Rachel Brumenschenkel, Marketing Specialist

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