Inspiring News

Colors and Quality of Life 2020

Benjamin Moore created a wonderful presentation to present the 2020 Color of the Year - First Light. See the previous blog for discussion of the decades of colors leading up to this moment. 

I wanted to share some of the life qualities and their projected colors. Some I totally agree with, others I will give my projection. Most of all I am interested in your reaction to these life qualities and color projections.  

With a case of the blues, this decade starts off paring SECURITY and COMMUNITY in blue tones. Remember also the Pantone Color of the year is ClassicBlue along with paint company Sherwin Williams naming a calming Navy as their color of the year. So we are in agreement in across companies and markets about BLUE. 

Yes, I would agree we are singing the blues and anti-anxiety blues in life. 

The blues I do not agree with are associated with CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION. As much as I LOVE Orange strongly tied to bold creativity from years gone I think it is time to shift but for me, not to blue! 

Marilee's choice for Creativity and Imagination: fresh like a spring green meadow or a new leaf on an aspen tree the key being NEW FRESH THINKING.  What do you think? 

Privacy and Comfort showed up with green tones - both great life qualities that are calming so I am in complete agreement with these choices. Find yourself in the comfort of nature's great grasses and trees or value the privacy of your life and money also the color of green. 

Authenticity, Beauty and Self Expression all play off each other well in colors as well as qualities. I love the essence of light, almost like a pearl finish. 

I saved their best choice for last. OPTIMISM - I love the light walls these days! For years I chose a variety of colors on many different accent walls, the richer the better. Now I am in tune with walls being like a light canvas to showcase the built materials like cabinets, wood, tile, lighting, views out the window. I also like to call it "white hot" when you put one strong accent color wall with white and it pops like shiny candy! 

Yes even though we have the blues on so many levels around the world and at home, it is a best practice to be optimistic. Carry on color lovers! 


Color through the years & Projected Decade of COLOR

Benjamin Moore presented colors through the years and as discussed in the previous blog, First Light was chosen for the 2020 Color Of the Year. See the projected palette for the decade at the end of the blog. 

Words used to describe the colors for the decade - do you agree? 


No wordy discussion here just note the warm, cool or sometimes laughable colors from our past.  Avocado Green being at the top of my list for asking why?! What was going on in history? Were we at war? Financial boom or bust? The colors reflect the truth of how it all went down! 


CLASSY!!! Rich, Elegant colors that have almost a pearlescent quality. 

We are ready to color our new decade in style. Thank you Benjamin Moore.  

Marilee's Color Of The Year 2020

COLOR! I feel like in design and life color is dessert, the sweet part of life! This is the time of the year Pantone and Paint companies are projecting and selecting a color palette for 2020. 

To start I will say that ONE of the colors in this image is Marilee's choice for 2020 color of the year. . . it is revealed at the end of the blog which one and more importantly why! 

The pressure is on to project a ten-year span of colors and the next blog will cover in more detail the Benjamin Moore historical and current color selections. These people travel the world and do market research for all products from clothing in India Saris to color tones in herbs in Italy, to the fan deck of colors we use to pick our wall paint. (Dream Job?!)  Interesting how economic and political climate changes the colors we typically use from past to now the future. 

I am sharing THREE COLORS OF THE YEAR. It is interesting how they are different but shares some very similar qualities. 

Pantone - the most widely accepted color of the year system 

Benjamin Moore - world wide research goes into this color for this paint company

Marilee's - passionate color lover, design and artist 

1. Pantone 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue

"Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era." per the Pantone committee on color. Yes, we want all those "c" words calm, confidence that classic blue will bring us! 

New Yorker Magazine called it out in a way I think we can all relate:

Anti-Anxiety Blue! Agreed we need to breathe!!! 

Blue can be appreciated on walls, cars, towels but is always available for appreciation up in the sky. Erik Holland's Suprise Valley painting shows how dramatic classic blue shows up in an open desert sky. 

Benjamin Moore's 2020 Color of the year:  First Light "A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft rosy glow blooming with potential First Light is the backdrop for a bright new decade" a description from the unveiling class I attended.  I am not yet sure how I will use this on a wall but love it for interior accessories and for sure am already wearing it and will add a few more fresh pinks to my wardrobe. It has been said interior colors follow fashion color trends. 

I have been in love with First Light all my life but did not know what to call it. Just as I was writing this blog on a Saturday at nearly 7 am, First Light showed up right outside my window.  What a beauty! The light fresh image of a new day is painted on the mid-layer of clouds on the northeast horizon. In 2020 when you see the sunrise look for First Light rosy pinks. 

Marilee's 2020 Color of the Year is Alpine Ice the awe-inspiring color of glacier water.  Tensions are running high, we are racing around faster and faster on our phones. Put it on ice! Put the phone down, look at the sky, take a big breath. Calm down! The alpine and arctic environments need our attention and love to preserve the natural beauty where color analysts take their color inspirations from. Donate or volunteer for this beautiful world of color, life, and beauty. My color choice aligns with Pantone's Classic Blue and the calming qualities of Benjamin Moore's First Light theme for the potential for a bright new decade. Alpine Ice is a refreshing color that can be used in warm and cool color palettes. But seriously we have to wake up and what does that better than a splash in alpine water? 

Yes! this image shows me with an iPhone in the reflection because many of us do this, go somewhere beautiful and only see it through the eye of our iPhone and seeking what we can show! Put it on ice! For at least part of your day, hike, just look with your own two eyes at the color, the textures, what does it feel like? Just try it! I"m guilty as charged with going everywhere taking selfies. But this year, I'm putting it on ice and putting my money where wilderness and the places I love can have a fighting chance!  This image is by Kevin McNeal in the Assiniboine Wildnerness of Canada. LOOK at that water! Oh, and the lamp base just matched perfectly! Color integrated into the home. 

What does it feel like to swim or take a dip in Alpine Ice! There is a hanging lake just below Handie's Peak in Colorado that was my first experience with what a rush it is to cool off in Alpine Ice water. There was not one single color that represented Alpine Ice but was a mix between Sherwin Williams "Mariner" and Benjamin Moore "Teal Tone". 

So many colors. So little time!

What will you color your world with for 2020?