Belgard revealed its 2020 Color of the Year – Terrarium. An earthy green, Terrarium is a powerfully rejuvenating hue, amplifying and enhancing individuals’ connection to the natural environments around them.

Accents of Terrarium complement the full range of Belgard colorations, bringing outdoor visions to life – whether on an urban rooftop or at a rural retreat, a suburban backyard or a seaside terrace. Signifying growth, vitality and renewal, hints of this green in design accents and décor allow homeowners to create a biophilic paradise in their backyard.

“We want to stay true to our roots with Belgard’s first-ever Color of the Year. While Pantone’s Classic Blue lends itself to the sky, Terrarium is grounding with a strong connection to earth,” says Joe Raboine, Director of Residential Hardscapes at Belgard. “The biophilic design initiative aims to connect people and nature with built environments and has taken off in outdoor living and design in recent years. Terrarium is guided by these core biophilic elements with a sleek aesthetic that is cozy yet contemporary.”

Homeowners can create a biophilic sanctuary in their outdoor living space by pairing Terrarium-colored pieces, such as textiles and live greenery, with:

  • Texture: Paver surface and texture add a dimensional aspect to outdoor living design for a time-worn aesthetic with tumbled or distressed finishes to an element of sophistication with a smooth or sculpted look.
  • Scale: Depending on design goals, the shape and size of outdoor design elements, including pavers, fire features, water elements and planters, can help make outdoor spaces look more inviting, open and contemporary and in harmony with the surrounding environment.

In addition, Terrarium’s grassy green hues tie into 2020 outdoor living and design trends, including:

  • Nature’s Influence on Material Combinations: Natural elements are integrated into design using turf, stone and contrasting textures, such as smooth porcelain intertwined with the rough finish of gravel.
  • Bridging Living and Working Spaces: As more people work from home, individuals want comfortable spaces to work, live and relax. Outdoor spaces can create a change in scenery from the well-known home office with retaining walls that double as seating and fire features that make spaces livable year-round.
  • Warm Tones: Earthy tones are making their way back into outdoor design to create sanctuary spaces. While grays made a splash in residential design and edged out tans and beiges in recent years, 2020 brings a shift back to warmer hues and softer muted colors.