Pantone announced that its 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. So who is Pantone you ask? It’s a color-matching company that is used by creative directors, graphic designers, fashion designers, product designers, printing and manufacturing. Pantone colors are color codes that stand for a specific shade. … This means that the color is created from a palette of 18 basic colors, not with screens or dots. Process colors are CMYK colors, the color is determined by cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Probably more than you wanted to know?

Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year 2020 is, surprise!, also blue. But this one is called Naval and is a VERY dark blue. It feels like there’s a higher level of commitment with this color, right? They didn’t stick to middle-of-the-road blue, they went all in.

You can already tell my preference. Perhaps it’s because the Pantone color looks like a sports team blue to me. Or because I love the juxtaposition of the Naval Blue, from Interior Design, against white (though in the picture doing the bottom cabinets OR the island would have been a better choice). The bottom line is that we will be seeing blues this year….in interior design (please not exterior!), in car exteriors, in fashion. P.S. When I say blues, I do NOT mean turquoise or pastels!

Of course, if you are not a “blue” person, not all is lost! Those who follow the trends faithfully also die by them. I’m not opposed to painting almost anything and then repainting when I grow bored with it, but, as in fashion it’s probably best to use new colors in small doses first and in easily revised or easily replaced ways (throw pillows vs couch, kitchen island vs cabinets or entire wall).

Let me know which you like best, or how you’ve recently incorporated a design trend into your own home – pics please!!!

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