Every year the top companies in interior design and paint choose the colors that will influence interiors across the country. These colors create trends that echo in industries such as fashion, product design, and more. This year Pantone, Behr, and Benjamin Moore introduced three very different colors, but all with a very similar theme, to make 2020 a year of vibrancy and joy! Let us know what you think of their choices in the comments below!

Pantone: Classic Blue

This elegant blue color was chosen as the color of the year due to its beautiful simplicity. According to Pantone, “Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Evocative of the sky at dusk, this restful color presents the feeling of reassurance and calm in an ever changing world. With the end of a tumultuous decade, the dusky blue hue, coupled with the steadfast name of Classic Blue, offers a peaceful refuge, universal connection, and reassurance. Interestingly enough, 20 years ago as we headed into Y2K, the color of the year was Cerulean, another blue tone, bringing the past full circle with the present. 

 

This lovely tone can be paired with complementary shades of blues and grays, for a completely calming experience, or coupled with bright, exotic tones for an uplifting vibrant tone. Consider shimmering coppers or silvers to give some sparkle and life to your space!

Behr: Back to Nature

Described as “Calm, gracious, and balanced”, Behr’s color of the year is aimed to bring the outdoors in. The idea of getting back to nature, has become increasingly popular in interior design in the last few years. Whether that be with sustainable materials, walls covered in earth tones, or natural fabrics, the overarching theme of reconnecting with the natural environment, slowing down, and getting back to simplicity, has been on the rise for the last three years or so. Green is the color of life, and restoration, even being called “Nature’s favorite color”  by Erika Woelfel, Vice President of Color and Creative Services at Behr. The Behr site boasts color pallets for the year, featuring warm reds, burnt oranges, beautiful blues and greens, and calming tones of grey and white. 

 

This color would look stunning in one of our custom stone finishes with a hint of pearlescent white strewn through. Beautiful, calming tones that shimmer ever so slightly as the light dances on the surface…now that is a great way to start 2020!

Benjamin Moore: First Light

The thought process behind the selection of Benjamin Moore’s 2020 color of the year became a philosophical look at the impact a new decade has on society. Going into 2020, Andrea Mago, Benjamin Moore’s Director of Color Marketing and Development, was inspired to shift the narrative from the material to satisfying the core needs in life: community, comfort, security, self-expression, authenticity and ultimately, optimism. “At the brink of 2020 we were just thinking, Let’s be upbeat; let’s be happy.” she told Ad Pro in an interview. First Light is a lovely shade of not to-soft pink is a stark contrast to 2019’s Metropolitan, a mellow grey, meant to evoke calm and neutrality. In the new decade however it is time to take a step forward into the light and express ourselves!

 

The entire Benjamin Moore pallet is filled with pastels this year, which would look beautiful in any room a home. For First Light we recommend a texture with depth and movement, such as a linen or linear finish to really show off the subtle beauty of the color!

ANTICO ANTIQUE FINISH

Venice is a city of great depth: layer upon layer of history and civilization emerge in every glorious building. This technique uses layers and layers of plaster to create the rich look and feel of three dimensions. Whether you choose Antico Stone, Antico Rain or Antico Vein, each additional layer adds more beauty every time you look.

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CUSTOM FINISH

Venetian plaster has no single look or feel. It can look like marble, travertine or limestone. It can be highly polished – matte, satin or glossy – or more tactile. Our Venetian plaster can match your current wall finish or – with endless color options, textures and designs – together we can create a finish that is truly one of a kind. Whatever the choice, it will have a depth and beauty unmatched anywhere.

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LINEN SILK FINISH

Linen cloth goes back tens of thousands of years; in Pharaonic Egypt it was a symbol of light and purity and was displayed as wealth. Silk, developed in ancient China, was the most sought-after luxury item traded to Europe. Now the texture and luster of these fabrics – with a final coat of shimmering silver or gold – gives any wall a stunning three-dimensional effect and turns it from simple to rich and bold.

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NOTTI VENEZIANE ANTIQUE VELVET

“Notti Veneziane” means “Venetian Nights” and this finish evokes it.  At night in Venice, the lanterns come on, creating shimmering reflections in the lagoon, and the city’s ancient plaster walls gleam in the moonlight. Similarly, our metallic pigments change in the light, on a texture as rich as Venetian leather and as velvety as a Venice night...undeniably romantic.

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TOSCANA FINISH

The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany’s heritage endures in its stunning landscapes, its great vineyards, and its charming villages. The Medici villas and Tuscany’s grand cities of Pisa, Lucca Siena and of course Florence are all rich in culture and architectural majesty. This finish, with many colors and textures with which you can customize, brings the essence of this historic region into your home.

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VENUS MARBLE EFFECT FINISH

In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of beauty and love. The most famous sculpture of her, the Venus de Milo, was carved in a marble that outlives all time. For our Venus Marble- Effect Finish, we use natural components to create a marble-like appearance – glossy and smooth and with a Venus Metal topcoat that plays with the light in your room. In all, it’s a finish of beauty you will love.

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