2020 has us feeling the blues…and blushes and golds.
Twenty years ago, Pantone released their first ever “Color of the Year” (COY), 15-4020 Cerulean. The powdery shade of blue was chosen to inspire tranquility and calmness entering into the Y2K hysteria and new millennium. It wasn’t until 2007 that the COY (19-1557 Chili Pepper) concept started to take on a life of it’s own. Today the COY is highly anticipated, with its own hype and branding to go along with it.
Many of the top paint companies have jumped on the bandwagon, providing their own selections for top hue. Sherwin Williams and PPG both chose similar shades of dark blues while Behr and Benjamin Moore took a different turn, delving into greens and pinks. All of the colors lend themselves towards the serene, relaxing tones.
In the design world, the Classic Blue harkens back to regal sophistication. This makes it an easy choice to make a bold, yet timeless statement. The rich color pairs well with other 2020 design trends including geometric shapes and gold accents. Benjamin Moore’s First Light, a blush pink, compliments the dark blue and is on trend with the popularity of the blush color this year.