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First Light 2102-70 / Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year 2020

I don’t want to alarm you but did you know there are only eight more Fridays until Christmas? I can’t believe that Summer is over, sweater weather is almost here (yay!) and it’s dark by the time we get home from work. Well to cheer up the coming months Benjamin Moore has announced their colour of the year as First Light 2102-70, the perfect shade of pink to brighten up your home.

Picking a shade of pink for adult spaces can be tricky. Choose the wrong one and instead of giving your room a cheerful glow you’re living in Barbie’s dream house. Look for a paint colour that has a brown undertone like Benjamin Moore First Light. It’s perfect for north facing rooms that need a lift or any space which feels dark and gloomy. I love how it pairs with tones of sea glass, taupe and gray. For a bit of glamour add elements like fixtures, frames and accessories in gold. And don’t forget to get creative – an accent wall can come in all types of shapes!

To compliment First Light, Benjamin Moore picked a palette of nine additional shades. It is no secret that I love gray so I was thrilled to see Thunder AF-685 on the list – a warm gray that is perfect for creating cozy bedrooms, living rooms or kitchens. It’s neutral so use it for balance like in this fun and funky kitchen with a retro vibe.

Another colour that pairs well with Benjamin Moore First Light? A soft green like Crystalline AF-485. It has a sea glass quality that’s fresh and crisp without feeling too bright and sharp. Remember that shades of green are soothing to our eyes since it is the dominant colour in nature.

If you’re looking for a deeper shade of green Benjamin Moore has Cushing Green HC-125 on their favourites list for 2020. It’s the perfect compliment to light woods like pine, maple and oak.

Like that perfect pair of jeans, blues can be dressed up or down and this year there are four shades on the Color Trends 2020 list. First let’s start with Oxford Gray 2128-40 – a moody shade perfect for kitchen islands and accents. TIP: Open up the kitchen by removing a couple of cabinet doors and painting the inside a rich shade. It will really make your dinnerware and glasses pop.

Living on an island I’m constantly inspired by the beautiful colours of the ocean and Benjamin Moore Blue Danube is a rich shade of blue/teal that’s perfect for living room accent walls, dining room drama or a cozy nook! Pair with a softer shade like Buxton Blue HC-149.

If you love these blues but are afraid they are too dark for your home try the light and bright (almost periwinkle) Windmill Wings 2067-60. It has a cool undertone of soft violet and makes the perfect contrast to crisp white woodwork, doors and furniture for that breezy ocean cottage feel.

Few colours light up a room like yellow but I have to be honest – it’s not my favourite shade. Often yellow can be too sharp on the walls and instead of helping a room feel sunny it makes it uncomfortable. A honey shade like Benjamin Moore Golden Straw 2152-50 can be the perfect compromise. Use it in small doses on the back of cabinets and bookshelves or to brighten up a small kitchen.

Looking for a shade of white to tie everything together? Benjamin Moore has picked White Heron OC-57. It’s a very light grey with almost a hint of onion skin green. Try it as a softer option on the ceiling, woodwork or kitchen cabinets.

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