The yellow-based green "represents our desire for peace and tranquility in our home."

By Tina Chadha
August 15, 2019
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Did you know people are significantly more happy in nature? This powerful nugget of truth is the inspiration behind Behr's 2020 color of the year. Since announcing Blueprint as the color of last year, (a mix between denim and navy), Behr's creative team has been on a mission to nail down the perfect color that embodies what consumers are craving. And this year they found that people want a well-balanced life.

"One of the lifestyle trends we see happening right now is everyone getting outside: camping, going to local parks, national parks, road trips," explains Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr.

This retreat to the outdoors led the brand to select, Back to Nature (S340-4), "a sun-kissed, meadow-inspired green," as their 2020 color. The hue, available exclusively at Home Depot, promises to bring the restorative feeling you get when you take a walk in a park or go for a bike ride inside your home. The color was also one of the 15 hues announced as part of Behr's 2020 Color Trends Palette earlier this summer.

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"We landed on this particular green because it signifies a feeling of awakening, it represents our desire for peace and tranquility in our home. That soothing serenity," says Woelfel.

And while shades of green invoke a sense of calm, this particular color is also poppy and energizing. It has an effortless ability to blend and work with many different styles from earthy to modern. Woelfel also sees the color being used in commercial spaces such as a welcome lobby or productive conference room (spending time in nature, after all, improves creativity, boosts memory, and sharpens problem solving skills).

The lighter, yellow-based tone of this green makes it "very easy to use," says Woelfel. "It translates well with colors people already have in their home. We know that people have neutral furniture very often, or neutral flooring, so it's easy to coordinate with."

Woelfel sees it being used the most in living rooms. "You can bring in neutral furniture pieces and any kind of woodtone—from a dark to light—will work very nicely with a color like this," she says.

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But the color expert also loves Back to Nature for a bedroom. "If you're looking for a good night's sleep surround yourself with this [soothing] type of color," she says.

Confused about how exactly to decorate with green? Woelfel says use the trick you've been doing with your favorite grays and blues: Choose a monochromatic look by pairing it with mossy greens, forest greens or glamorous emeralds. Or take a decorating cue from your garden and add pops of color like rose-inspired pinks.

"Green is nature's neutral," she says. "When you think about a garden landscape you think about how green is the backdrop of all these beautiful and saturated blossoms. It's a color that plays nicely with others."

Comments (22)

Anonymous
February 5, 2020
I am so surprised! This color and dark royal blue and navy have been my new color palette and I am painting my front door "lime Rickie" green! LUV IT!
Anonymous
January 23, 2020
I like it. Fresh. Neutral Perfect with Cream shades.
Anonymous
January 18, 2020
Beautiful! I love green and have used these shades. I am a interior designers daughter, and was a stager for many years. This was my favorite color to live in. We picked a tone that was a light creamy khaki green. When I sold that house, it got multiple offers the first day!
Anonymous
October 5, 2019
It looks like one of the many shades of olive from dark olive brown to pale olive green. I like them all.
Anonymous
September 25, 2019
That looks like something my grandmother used. UGLY!
Anonymous
September 25, 2019
Sorry but this color is awful. Just read an article about how a paint color can make your home look dirty. This one would make it look dirty and sick at the same time!
Anonymous
September 25, 2019
UUUUUUUUGGLY!!!!!!
Anonymous
September 23, 2019
I like the tone .It will be something I will paint soon
Anonymous
September 23, 2019
The most disappointing colour suggestion. This shade is so unattractive, absolutely would not use this shade
Anonymous
September 7, 2019
Sorry, but this one is definitely NOT for me. We used to call it OD green. YUCK.
Anonymous
September 5, 2019
Nope. This color has come and hopefully will go soon at my house.
Anonymous
September 5, 2019
Nope. This color has come and hopefully will go soon at my house.
Anonymous
September 5, 2019
I would never paint anything this color. It reminds me of the avocado appliances from my childhood. I hated that color then
Anonymous
August 27, 2019
We love 2020's color of the year! It is very similar to Behr's Wasabi color that we painted our living and dining rooms. Gorgeous!
Anonymous
August 26, 2019
This is the most horrid shade of green! It looks like a baby has been sick and this is the color of poop!
Anonymous
August 26, 2019
only Home Depot? I switched to Lowe's after hearing HD's CEO backs trump
Anonymous
August 26, 2019
only Home Depot? I switched to Lowe's after hearing HD's CEO backs trump
Anonymous
August 26, 2019
Just my personal opinion but, I think it's hideous.
Anonymous
August 26, 2019
Love this color--I use it as the accent color with towels in my bathroom. I may paint my second bathroom this color.
Anonymous
August 26, 2019
Love this color--I use it as the accent color with towels in my bathroom. I may paint my second bathroom this color.
Anonymous
August 26, 2019
Sorry, this is a YUK for me. I accidentally did a color like this a few years ago, and all my friends told me it looked like baby poop. Lol.
Anonymous
August 26, 2019
No. No no no. Maybe as an accent color. The door isn’t bad. Studies were done in the 1930’s on color and they found out that lighter shades of green killed the appetite. Thus they repainted all the dining car’s in the railroad system. Erica needs to go back to color school. If they added a sixth, maybe even just an eighth, more blue it might be relaxing. Or... use it as an accent.