Color Trends: Six New Neutrals for 2020

A round-up of neutrals to watch in 2020 and how to incorporate them into your home
Benjamin Moore Color of the Year, First Light 2102-70

While neutrals remain the foundation of homeowners’ color palettes, they’ve evolved beyond the mainstay whites, greys and beiges that have long dominated home design. 

As we approach a new year, here's a round-up of new neutral trends to watch in 2020 and beyond and how to incorporate them into your home, according to the industry’s leading brands.

Matte Blacks

Choose a bold neutral by layering in black as a faucet finish, light fixture, appliance, cabinet or even countertop. Matte black finishes continue to trend as both accents and focal points. The new KOHLER Sensate Touchless Faucet with KOHLER Konnect, a smart faucet with a motion sensor and voice activated technology, is available in matte black.

Deep Blues & Greens

Blue has long been America’s favorite color (Hello, Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year), but deep, moody blues and greens have become an increasingly popular neutral for cabinets, countertops, flooring and outdoor kitchens. Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens offers deeply saturated colors with finishes like Pearl Night Blue.


While bright white kitchens remain popular, antique-inspired ivory is on the rise as a neutral, whether used for cabinets or appliances. Bertazzoni, known for its eye-catching red, yellow and orange hues,has focused its latest introductions on neutrals with an early 1900s-inspired Bertazzoni Heritage Series available in an era-inspired ivory enamel.


The mention of pink may remind you of Millennial Pink bursting onto the scene a few years ago, but Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2020, First Light 2102-70, has been heralded as a “new neutral” for the decade ahead. Both cool and sophisticated, First Light proves pink is here to stay.

Industrial-Inspired Grays + Metallics

For a fresh take on gray, homeowners have also turned to industrial aesthetics, like cement surfaces and aged metal or stone-inspired cabinet finishes. Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ TECNO for a sleek, frameless outdoor kitchen with integrated doors and pulls. Match it with ultra-compact Dekton surfacing, an ideal countertop material for both indoor and outdoor applications. For an even more daring neutral, especially in outdoor applications, try increasingly popular metallics.

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