We May Already Know Which Colors Will Be Big in 2020

Greetings from the Stockholm Light & Furniture fair! We just attended a talk with Judith van Vliet, president of Color Marketing Group, a non-profit whose members are made of "color design professionals" (designers, artists, etc).

The way Color Marketing Group predicts trends seems unique: Their members gather together for conferences where regional palettes are decided on. But it doesn't seem to be fashion or trends that drive their decisions. Rather, CMG members look at the current emotional climate of a region, and from there certain colors correspond. For example, the colors determined to be prevalent in Asia Pacific for 2020 came out of "rediscovering empathy," "going off-road," and "centered," which somehow translates to lots of greens.

Van Vliet presented a wide range of colors during her talk, but explained that CMG identified "key" colors for 2020:

"Ver-de-verdad": Latin America

A muted deep green that supposedly speaks to the unpredictability of nature (hurricanes, earthquakes). "The green of Ver-de-verdad becomes a symbol for the beauty, and the potentially destructive character of nature, as well as a beacon of hope and understanding."

"Seed of Life": Asia Pacific

An anti-technology hue that embraces exploration and simplicity.

"Electrum": North America

The colors for North America for 2020 are driven by action, connections, choice, basic human values, and a path forward. "The green and gold essences of Electrum represent different paths as 2020+ approaches, and symbolize the complexity of the future."

"Feel Real": Europe

According to Van Vliet, Europe's colors are focused on tradition, decluttering, and looking back (although there is one section that is more technologically driven, about gaming and how people are integrating with technology).This earthy, clay-like pink alludes to reactivating sense and touch.


Leonora Epstein

Leonora Epstein

Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014).