The Most In-Demand Colors for Factory Painted Doors for 2020

As 2020 kicks off a new decade of design trends, take a look at how custom painted wood doors will fit into your commercial projects. While your designs will certainly last well beyond 2020, it’s a good time for fresh new ideas. Here, we aim to share some inspiration and get you thinking about where Masonite architectural doors can add an on-trend flare to a project.

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1. Pantone Trends

Color trends come and go but they speak to larger themes. Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2020 take inspiration from the sea. This revelation follows on their track record of choosing colors that reflect nature. (Remember 2019’s Living Coral and 2017’s Greenery?) Among their fashion trends, announced in spring 2019, Pantone included Classic Blue, which they describe as “evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky opening us up to a world of possibilities.” The preference will likely cross over from fashion to other realms of design. This hue, a true classic, fits into design styles from colonial to modern.

When you choose architectural doors for upcoming projects, consider nature as a source of inspiration. Blues, greens, and warm neutrals complement other trends like living walls and sustainable building materials. Wood doors are the ideal place to introduce a splash of color and to tie together large spaces with multiple entryways. With custom color-matching, the only limit is your creativity.

2. Roaring 20s Redux

It is widely expected that brands and consumers alike will embrace the concept of “The Roaring 20s” this decade, incorporating all kinds of trends from the 1920s. Expect an interest in geometric and stylized shapes, reflective surfaces like chrome and mirrors, as well as a healthy dose of glamor.

While art deco made a resurgence a few years ago, as what some call “neo deco,” it will likely continue strong into the 20s. A timeless architectural door, like a stile and rail, works with a wide range of design influences, depending on the finish or paint color. Choose bright or deep paint shades that create strong contrast with walls or furnishings.

It wouldn’t be the Roaring 20s without a dose of Hollywood glitz, too. Think big and bold. A sophisticated statement door can serve as a focal point for a dramatic hotel ballroom or executive office. Choose colors that stand out and work with elements like metallic hardware and eye-catching side lites.

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2. Calming Colors

The glitz and glam idea doesn’t fit every project, of course. Fortunately, soft shades of gray, include gray-greens are also growing in popularity. A recent article in Architectural Digest says that their color themes for 2020 “channel joy and serenity while lessening the noise that constantly surrounds us.” While an acoustically-rated door can reduce literal noise, a calming paint color on its surface can reduce visual noise. As technology keeps advancing, filling daily life with a dizzying stream of information, people will seek restive spaces. 

Because these shades inspire calmness and serenity, they work well healthcare facilities and hotel guest rooms. Calming colors can be used to offset brighter shades, as well. Try them in combination with the bolder colors we discussed above. A neutral painted door can look great next to a brighter wall, or vice-versa, depending on the effect you want to create.

Masonite Architectural offers commercial wood doors in seven standard designer colors with custom color-matching available to fit any design trend that the 2020s bring. Factory-finished painted doors create the visual impact of a painted door without the risk of field-applied finishes. Our premium painted doors combine
color-critical design elements and unmatched quality, while our state-of-the-art painting equipment ensures stunning results in every project—every time.

Are you ready to add a splash of color to your office, hotel, or other commercial space?

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Masonite Architectural – Want help?

Our expert field of Territory Sales Managers can help guide you through the process. We’ll make sure you get the perfect doors to delight your clients on opening day (and for years to come). 

We can apply our expertise of wood type, grain, stain and door design to complement your space. Often, designers give door hardware more consideration than the door itself. Masonite Architectural knows the whole opening matters. We offer a wide selection of veneer options and available material choices.

If you’re ready to get started on your current project, you can call 1-877-332-4484 or email us