The 4 Colors of 2020 and How You Can Use Them in Your Home

Colors of 2020Ready or not, 2020 is here. This year marks the beginning of a new decade, which means now is the time to seize opportunities, chase your dreams, and make your mark. Of course, Pantone and other companies have selected a variety of colors to encapsulate the new year. Here are the 4 different Colors of the Year and how you can use them in your home:

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Classic Blue

After the vibrant and social “Living Coral” from 2019, Pantone decided to return to the rich, timeless hue of Classic Blue to help us usher in a new era on stable grounds. Calming and evoking the imagery of a twilit sky, this shade of blue is soothing and works well in the home. Paint your entire bedroom (or perhaps an accent wall) in this shade to help get a good night’s sleep. Or take smaller steps by adding Classic Blue plates to the cupboards, soft blue towels in the bathroom, or a lush blue throw on the bed in the guest bedroom.

If you’re looking for other colors to pair with Classic Blue, the possibilities are nearly endless – it just depends on the feel you want! For a crisp, clean feel, white and accents in gold will work wonders. Tone down the blue a bit with soft pinks, off white, and light gray. Live boldly with a brilliant hue of golden yellow or orange. Oh, and if you’re a big fan of blue, we’ve got great news for you – Classic Blue goes great with other shades of blue and can add depth and interest to any room!

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year: First Light

If you’re looking for something a little different, try Benjamin Moore’s “First Light,” a soft, sophisticated, rosy pink that you’re sure to see as the year progresses. Encapsulating a secure, comforting feeling in the home, this color can be used in nearly any room – even as a neutral. Brighten up your living room and welcome in the light with a beautiful First Light accent wall. If you don’t want to completely embrace the hue, add a statement piece like a teakettle to your kitchen or update an older piece of furniture. Refresh your bedding with a soft pink quilt or throw pillows for a quick update, or add a touch of light to your ceiling by painting it in First Light!

As for complementary colors, First Light plays well with others. Pair it with bright white, grays of any shade, and gold for a modern look. Nearly the entire spectrum of blue also works well with this color of the year, and darker tones of wood provide a beautiful contrast. For an earthy feel, give hunter green a shot with First Light!

Behr’s Color of the Year: Back to Nature

If you’re looking for an invitation to reengage with the natural world around you, look no further than “Back to Nature,” a muted shade of green that emphasizes the outdoors and simplicity of life. Green is very trendy right now, especially in home décor, so now’s as good a time as any to embrace it! Besides, surrounding yourself with elements of nature has been shown to relieve stress, promote serenity, and increase your creativity. Try using this calming shade of green on your mantel or in a small space to make it feel larger. It also makes for a great neutral in the laundry room, bedroom, or bathroom!

Back to Nature pairs well with many colors, especially earthy tones like browns, beiges, and other shades of green. Reflect the world around you and bring the outside in by adding in a few soft blue elements and adding a plant or two!

Sherwin Williams’s Color of the Year: Naval

Feeling bold this year? Allow us to introduce “Naval,” Sherwin Williams’s pick for 2020. A departure from the natural world, this rich, dramatic shade of blue is a show-stopping trendsetter. More akin to the striking color of Pantone’s “Ultraviolet” from 2018, Naval effortlessly marries our desire for luxuriant color with our need for a relaxing sanctuary. Add accent pillows in navy to your favorite armchair, set the table with naval dishware and serving trays, or adorn your walls with naval canvases with positive messages. Feeling adventurous? Go all out and paint your favorite room in Naval!

This timeless, relaxing shade of blue can be muted with soft pastels and muted patterns or made more interesting with a pop of orange or mustard yellow. However, one of our favorite ways to use navy blue is coupling it with white. This winning combination works wonders in creating a streamlined, elegant, and relaxing retreat!

Which Color of the Year is your favorite this year? How will you use it your home? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Local Winter Adventures You Need to Experience This Season

5 winter adventures in St. LouisWinter doesn’t seem to have a lot of fans. Most of us tend to pass the time patiently (or maybe not so patiently) awaiting spring’s arrival. But what if we decided to make the most of the season instead of always noticing how cold, dreary, and gray it gets? What if, instead of bemoaning the frozen precipitation that adorns our lawns and sidewalks, we take with us the spirit of summer and seek adventure? It’s out there, and we know where you can find it – right in your backyard. Here are 5 of our favorites:

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11 Smart Tips for Moving in the Winter

winter moving tipsMoving to a new home can be both an exciting and a daunting endeavor, no matter the season. However, making the transition during the cold, darker days of winter can be more difficult for numerous reasons. By following a few crucial tips, though, you can find yourself snuggled up safely in your new home in no time! Here are our 11 most vital tips for moving in the winter:

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10 Smart Ways to Prepare for Guests During the Holidays

holiday guests

As the holiday season creeps ever closer, everyone is seemingly abuzz with thoughts about Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and even New Year’s. If you’re planning on having any friends or family over this year, you’ll need to do a little preparing first. After all, if you’ve ever been a guest (or are used to hosting others), you know how important it is to feel welcomed! Here are 10 handy tips to help your visitors feel at home this holiday season:

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4 Home Adjustments for Daylight Saving Time’s End

Daylight Saving Time Fall Back

After months of waking up an hour earlier each morning, our clocks are turning back to their normal hours. That’s right – instead of “springing forward” it’s now time to “fall back.” While some say we’ve now gained an hour of sleep, it’s really just something new to get used to. How can you make it work? Here are 4 home adjustments for Daylight Saving Time’s end.

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7 Important Trick-or-Treating Tips All Homeowners Should Know

trick or treating etiquetteReady or not, Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood. This time of the year can be fun for everyone, especially when a few basic rules are followed. Most of what you already know about Halloween is still relevant, but a few new guidelines have emerged over the years. Here are the 7 essential trick-or-treating etiquette rules you should follow for a successful Halloween as a homeowner:

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5 Creative Ideas for Collecting Leaves

5 Creative Ideas for Collecting Leaves

Fall is officially here as the temperature begins to cool down and Halloween decorations start to turn up. A not-so-positive sign of the season changing for homeowners, however, is when all the leaves start to descend from their trees. Why is this? Every year, we choose to make raking feel like one big chore. Not anymore! The Massey Team is here for you with 5 creative ideas for collecting leaves.

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How to Maintain These 8 Household Appliances (and Make Them Last)

major appliance maintenance tipsOur many household appliances work hard every day to make our lives easier. These unsung heroes of the home help us clean our clothes, cook our food, preserve fresh ingredients, and keep us comfortable throughout the four seasons. We should strive to take the best care of them, especially if we want to keep them around for the long haul. Here are the 8 major appliances you need to pay attention to – and what you need to do to maintain them.

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What Does Your Kitchen Say About Your Personality?

country kitchenThey say the heart of the home is the kitchen, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s where family and friends gather to share a meal and connect with one another. We often spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so it isn’t surprising that this important space often reflects our personality and tastes. Have you thought about what your kitchen says about you? See if yours embodies your characteristics!

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