Hollywood has its awards season, and while we love ogling red carpet looks, and getting caught up in which movies and TV shows will take home the gold, the whole scene is a tad too fantastic. We’re never going to star in an epic Coppola production, and it’s highly unlikely that Vogue will ever weigh in on what we wear.
For designers, the “season” that has a far greater real-life impact is “Color of the Year Season.” Yes, we made up that term. But if you work in the home design industry in any capacity, you know what we mean. Beginning in August with Home Depot and culminating with Pantone’s announcement in early December, the hues that are elevated to color of the year status are likely to turn up in glossy magazines within months, on the walls of drool-worthy homes, and strutting down the runways at the spring shows.
Pantone: Classic Blue
While Pantone’s picks can occasionally leave us scratching our heads (2016’s babyish combo of Rose Quartz and Serenity comes to mind), 2020’s Classic Blue is a winner for home design. It has beach house written all over it. Saturated but not overly so, and warm and approachable, it pairs beautifully with white and greige, as well as metallics. With their signature Commodore of the Yacht Club Blue color, Dunes and Duchess was well ahead of the pack on this one.
Photos: Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, Simply White and Edgecomb Gray; table and sconce are Dunes and Duchess; all other products via West Elm.
Sherwin Williams: Naval
We’re sensing a theme here. Sherwin Williams also tapped a deep blue hue, Naval, and we’re on board with it (pun very much intended). A deeper, warmer take on the color than Pantone’s pick, Naval has preppy appeal for the beach house but is sophisticated enough to appeal to urbanites.
Photo via website.
Benjamin Moore: First Light
Unlike Pantone’s Rose Quartz, which was best reserved for a baby girl’s room, Benjamin’s Moore’s First Light is a warmer, feather-light shade that can infuse virtually any room with a serene and sophisticated touch. Love, love it paired with gray! On-trend gold tones offer the perfect pop of contrast.
Photos: Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan Gray, Edgecomb Gray and Coventry Gray; brass pieces and gray chair are CB2; pillow and throw are Pottery Barn.
Behr: Back to Nature
The name of Home Depot’s color of the year says it all. Back to Nature is just green enough to give it a natural vibe, but with a healthy dab of brown, it comes across like a just-picked tender stem rather than Uncle Ned’s favorite Kelly green golfing trousers.
Photo via website.
Until next year. Now go paint something.