Top 7 Classic Neutral Colors For Autumn 2020 Design

Top 7 Classic Neutral Colors For Autumn 2020 Design

While 2020 has been a year for bold, vibrant colors, its backbone has always been classic, familiar shades. Look no further than Classic Blue – the 2020 Pantone Color of the year – for proof that in order for design to be audacious, it needs to dig its roots into dependable soil.

The best designers in the world understand the need for familiarity, even in their boldest creations.  This holds especially true in the world of high-end kitchen and bath design, where award-winning designers like Peter Salerno Inc. use intelligent, comfortable colors to balance vivid pops of color.

Pantone’s Autumn/Winter 2020-2021 Fashion Color Trend Report is full of colors whose names evoke fun and daring design adventures. Samba. Exuberance. Amberglow. Burnt Henna. Green Sheen. But tucked in neatly behind those intrepid shades are the sturdy classics that pull everything into focus. Dark blues, off-whites, tans and grays are the backbone of the Pantone Autumn 2020 color palette.

The 7 shades featured in the “Classics” section New York and London Autumn 2020 Fashion Color Trend Reports are smart, reliable and functional. The one crossover color in both collections, Sleet, may be the trendiest and most useful of the bunch in contemporary kitchen and bath design. An unrelenting gray that finds utility in everything from subway tile to gray flooring, wall paint to appliances, Sleet is a go-to shade for transitional kitchen and bath designers.

Blue Depths and Dress Blues are cut from the same cloth, two dark blue hues to complement Classic Blue as the 2020 Color of the Year. Almond Oil and Sheepskin provide light and rich tan options, respectively. Jet Stream is a beautiful off-white that, according to Pantone, mirrors an “affinity for raw and recycled”. And Military Olive clocks in with the ‘alternative’ neutral option; it’s an olive green tone that provides stability to an earth-toned, natural color palette.

What is your opinion of the “Classics” offering in the Pantone Autumn 2020 Fashion Color Trend Report?

Which shades catch your eye as colors you’d like to incorporate in your kitchen design or bath design update?

And do you have a world-class custom kitchen and bath designer in mind for that project? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Pantone Autumn 2020 Classics | Neutral Tones For Kitchen + Bath Design

Almond Oil (Pantone 12-0713)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Almond Oil

Blue Depths (Pantone 19-3940)

Pantone Blue Depths 2020

Sleet (Pantone 16-3916)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Sleet

Military Olive (Pantone 19-0622)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Military Olive

Jet Stream (Pantone 11-0605)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Jet Stream

Sheepskin (Pantone 14-1122)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Sheepskin

Dress Blues (Pantone 19-4024)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Dress Blues

Pantone During A Pandemic | A Natural Palette

Pantone During A Pandemic | A Natural Palette

It’s hard to feel that ‘creative spark’ during “shelter in place” sometimes. For artists and designers, social distancing often means feeling a disconnect from the collaborators and teammates with whom we love to work. It’s important that we find new ways to ignite our inspiration, and new approaches to the creative process.

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Natural Palette

Color has always been a motivating factor and constant source of energy in our creative process. Thanks to Pantone, color now has ‘a language’ – a worldwide color matching system that allows you to seamlessly transition between graphic, textile, online and home design. Need that exact shade of blue to translate from your screen to your kitchen design? Pantone has you covered.

We love turning to Pantone (especially during this pandemic) to keep us connected to creative energy, trending colors and artistic design inspiration.

In the “Pantone During A Pandemic” series, we will highlight some of Pantone’s color trend report selections and group them into categories. From optimistic to calming, bold to reliable, we hope these Pantone color collections will help you reconnect with your muse and “flex that creative muscle”!

Pantone Color Trends | A Natural Palette for 2020

We can’t all get out and enjoy nature during this pandemic, so the next best thing for many of us is to design with nature in mind. Natural tones and earth tones help reconnect with the world around us, and provide solace and the warmth of familiarity during difficult times. From soft floral colors to dark leafy greens, the browns of stone and bark to the colors of the sky, here are 5 of our favorite colors from Pantone’s 2020 color trend reports collected into one natural palette.


Pantone 13-0822

Collection: Pantone New York Spring 2020

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Sunlight

Warm and inviting, Sunlight provides a versatile design color to begin our natural palette for 2020. Will you use it as a cheery, friendly yellow, or a brighter-than-usual neutral? Either way, the Pantone color Sunlight provides an instant sensation of relaxation and comfort.


Pantone 19-0323

Collection: Pantone New York Spring 2020

PANTONE 2020 kitchen design color Chive

In nature, chives are dense in nutrients that promote bone heath and good sleep. In this Pantone color palette, Chive is packed with natural lush green. Described by Pantone’s Laurie Pressman as having “savory” and “restorative” qualities, Chive is a winning design color.


Pantone 16-1328

Collection: Pantone New York Autumn 2020

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Sandstone

Sandstone rests at the core of this natural color palette, providing sturdy earth-toned balance. Whether it rests in wood tones, colored stone, or rustic design elements, Sandstone is a “backbone” shade that remains warm enough to not be dull.


Pantone 14-1513

Collection: Pantone London Spring 2020

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Blossom

As in nature, a floral color doesn’t need to be overbearing to stand out. Blossom is a soft pink Pantone shade that provides just enough “pop” to pull this collection into focus. Fresh and fragrant, Blossom brings an understated charm and youthful energy to this design palette.

Jet Stream

Pantone 11-0605

Collection: Pantone London Autumn 2020 (Classics)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Jet Stream

“[A]n off-white suggestive of our affinity for raw and recycled” is how Pantone’s Laurie Pressman describes Jet Stream. An off-white that reminds us of recycled paper, Jet Stream is a casual neutral that can be used in place of pure white to bring some intrigue to the “in-between spaces” of your color design.