Remember The Moody Blues (Nights in White Satin)? They’re an English rock bank that took the world by storm in the 60s with their brand of progressive rock and, in 2018, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, in 2020, the “moody blues” are back as three of the top five choices for Color of the Year in home décor and fashion trends.
The new year is a time of beginnings and after months of winter cold, refreshing and renewing our surroundings has almost become an annual rite of passage. Out with the old, in with the new sets the stage for change, and every year major paint companies and Pantone Color Institute™, the ultimate color guru, provide their color of the year selections as a guide in the journey to color renewal. Tailored Living® has compiled the top five—Pantone, Sherwin-Williams®, Benjamin Moore®, PPG, and Behr®—and offers some fun and innovative ways to incorporate them into your daily life.
Pantone’s Classic Blue
Classic Blue is a timeless and enduring hue that brings a sense of peace and tranquility to your home. Whether as a wall color, cabinets or decorative accents, this true blue can be regal, restrained, and boundless. No mere whisper of blue, Classic Blue makes a definite statement of engaging color wherever you use it.
- Blue brings an ambiance of calmness and serenity to your home.
- Bring in varying shades and textures for a monochromatic theme throughout your home.
- Classic Blue works well with pastels or neutrals as well as deeper and darker shades.
A rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence whether used in a whole room or as an accent color. Naval is perfect for any interior space to add drama with deep rich tones that play well with all other colors. Naval draws inspiration from a midnight sky and the opulence of the Art Deco period, exuding elegance and respect however it’s used.
- As an accent wall, Naval can set the stage for an exciting space, formal or casual.
- Sparkly metallics especially pop as accent pieces when incorporated with dark navy.
- Accessorize with coordinating or contrasting colors to strike the right color note for your personal taste.
PPG’s Chinese Porcelain
Chinese Porcelain combines cobalt and moody ink blue for a heavenly blue that can serve easily as a neutral palette to liven up rooms where gray used to be but where more color is desired. Described as the "perfect, agreeable backdrop," it layers beautifully with additional blues and greens and metallic finishes.
- A soothing blue that invites unwinding and relaxation for a bedroom, powder room or library.
- Enhances traditional wood furniture as well as industrial chic and mid-century modern pieces.
- Furniture, accessories, window coverings, and rugs in Chinese Porcelain present endless options for adding color in small or large doses.
Benjamin Moore’s First Light
“We selected First Light as our Color of the Year 2020 to represent a new dawn of idealism, design and living,” reports Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore director of color marketing and development. First Light is a refreshing wash of pink, a soft, rosy hue blooming with potential.
- The most neutral of all the 2020 color choices, a subtle pink beige will transform any room.
- Where softness counts, First Light gives a breath of color to any furnishings.
- Find patterns and art pieces that combine your existing color scheme with this new color.
Behr’s Back to Nature
Behr was in the blue camp last year with Blueprint, but for 2020 has chosen Back to Nature, a soothing meadow-inspired green to impart a fresh sense of vitality to the new year. The organic green captures “the emotion of wilderness landscapes and indoor gardens, while being subtle enough to serve as a new neutral.”
- Bring a touch of nature to any space with this luscious green of new spring growth.
- Transform a sunroom into a garden spot with Back to Nature walls or lounge chairs.
- Pairs beautifully with natural fiber rugs, window curtains, and wood furniture.
Step out in style in the New Year’s colors
Color selections for 2020 also impact fashion for the coming months and were seen throughout fall’s New York Fashion Week. To update your wardrobe and stay on trend fashion-wise, integrate the expansive range of blues into your wardrobe just like the Royals do. Here is Kate Middleton in Pantone’s Classic Blue, surrounded by additional options for stepping out in 2020’s favorite colors.
- Shades of blue transition easily from winter into spring and summer.
- Wake up a basically neutral closet with touches of pink and green in accessories as the start of a whole new look.
- Layer on color with patterned scarves and colorful jewelry; you won’t want to stop!
As you pack away holiday decorations for another year, take a look around your house and see what rooms could use some livening up and integrate 2020’s colors of the year for a fresh new look. If clutter is clouding your vision and distracting from updating your home, Tailored Living can help with storage and organization solutions to restore order and create calm out of chaos. You’ll be able to enjoy your new color choices and revived spaces. Call 866-641-8958 (US) or 866-973-8221 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation for help with closet storage systems, home office design, laundry room organization, custom pantry storage, entryways, garage cabinets and flooring, and more.