A collection of walls painted with Benjamin Moore's past Color of the Year selections

How does Benjamin Moore choose the annual Color of the Year & Color Trends Palette?

Selecting the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year and Color Trends palette involves a yearlong observation of design, art, fashion, environment and cultural influences the world-over. Chosen from our existing library of 3,500+ hues by color and design experts, it is a celebration unlike any other.

The Journey

After months of domestic and international travel and research, common threads between diverse disciplines begin to take shape. The result is a thoughtfully curated color palette–and one standout color of the year–that inspires us all.

How design inspires color of the year choice


We look at a range of design influences like furniture, lighting, fabrics, home accessories and more—and then consider the relationship that paint and color has to each of them.
How art inspires color of the year choice


From contemporary to classic, we look to art to help us see color and color pairings in a fresh, new light. Seeing how artists use color always energizes and inspires us.
How fashion inspires color of the year choice


Always changing, and consistently informed by color, fashion is an expression of personality and style that gives us a snapshot of the moment.
How environment inspires color of the year choice


Every setting offers its own unique natural landscape, distinct color palette and architectural traditions. At home and when traveling, we take in all of these elements.
How culture inspires color of the year choice


Clearly, people influence us as well. Consumer sentiment, entertainment, economics, and contemporary culture all give voice to our annual color palette selection.

Color of the Year: A Look Back

Recent selections for Color of the Year include...


A light pink wall frames a pink console with gold handles and multiple vases

The Backdrop for a Bright New Decade

Consider our fresh palette of 10 mix-and-match hues, including First Light 2102-70, the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2020.