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Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year 2020

The Colour of the Year is always a big talking point that everyone has an opinion on and I can’t say that I’m any different!

Colour of the Year 2020 for Sherwin Williams: Naval

If nothing else, I love that it gets people talking about colour, as everyone is so passionate when it comes to colour and how it makes them feel.

The Sherwin Williams Colour of the Year, Naval SW 6244, was announced last month and as a huge fan of Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore, I can’t help but love Naval too.

Earlier this month I was invited to the Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year event in Toronto. Although many speculated that the Benjamin Moore Colour this year would also be a dramatic, deep and moody tone, it was quite the opposite.

Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year:

First Light 2102-70

The Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year: First Light 2102-70
First Light 2102-70 Benjamin Moore

Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Director of Colour Marketing and Development, said “We selected First Light 2102-70 as our Colour of the Year 2020 to represent a new dawn of idealism, design and living. First Light 2102-70 reflects a new definition of the home – a shift in mindset from the material to satisfying the core needs in life: community, comfort, security, self-expression, authenticity and ultimately, optimism.”

Colour of the Year First Light 2102-70

We have actually been seeing this colour for a long time in interior design, but more in soft blush accessories, fabrics and other accents.  Even if you don’t love the colour for your walls, it may be the perfect accent colour to complement the main colour within your chosen colour palette or design.

Along with the Colour of the Year, Benjamin Moore also announced: Ten harmonious hues have been selected to guide us into the next 10 years and beyond.

Benjamin Moore Colour Trends 2020 Colour Palette

Images from the Benjamin Moore Colour Trends 2020 palette can be seen below. All photos are courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the year, First Light
First Light Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year
Walls First Light 2102-70 Ceiling is White Heron OC 57
First Light Benjamin Moore
First Light Benjamin Moore
First Light Benjamin Moore

Windmill Wings 2067-60

Windmill Wings on the walls and Oxford Gray on base of bench seat
Windmill Wings 2067-60 Benjamin Moore

Blue Danube 2062-30

Buxton Blue HC-149

2062-30 Blue Danube Benjamin Moore with Buxton Blue HC 149
Benjamin Moore Buxton Blue upper wall blue Danube on lower wall

Crystalline AF – 485

Benjamin Moore Crystalline AF 485 with White Heron OC 57

Cushing Green HC-145

Benjamin Moore Cushing Green HC 125 and White Heron OC 57 walls in the bathroom
Crystalline AF 485 Benjamin Moore on the top and Cushing Green HC 125 on the bottom

Oxford Gray 2128-40

Oxford Gray Benjamin Moore on the island with White Heron cabinets

White Heron OC -57

Benjamin Moore White Heron OC 57 walls and ceiling

Golden Straw 2152-50

Golden Straw 2152-50 Benjamin Moore walls

Thunder AF-685

Benjamin Moore Thunder AF 685 walls with First Light on the cabinetry

What do you think of these Colour Trends 2020 from Benjamin Moore? 

I quite like them, even though I’m not a huge fan of pastel colours.  When put together in a thoughtful way in interior design, they make for gorgeous colour palettes.

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(14) Comments
  • Vicki Vaughan
    | 24 October 2019

    Great colors. I love Benjamin Moore.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 25 October 2019

      Hey Vicki! Thanks for watching.

  • sandra smith
    | 25 October 2019

    I like the new color of the year. It is soft like a cashmere sweater. It makes me smile. Calming and comfortable. Thank you again Claire for your website. It helps me a lot and you explain color that makes it easy. Thank You for being Y O U. Awesome job.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 25 October 2019

      So funny you mentioned cashmere sweater because I tried on a cashmere sweater last week in this exact colour!! I never bought it, but it really was pretty. Thanks so much for your feedback Sandra!

  • Leslie Carothers
    | 26 October 2019

    Hi Claire: I love this new COTY from Benjamin Moore.. thanks for sharing so many wonderful images of how it can be used. It’s so soft, so flattering, so inviting.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 26 October 2019

      Thanks Leslie. I think it’s a pretty colour as well and doesn’t need to be limited to using it for paint only. Many pretty accessories and other interior design accents come in a pretty blush. 🙂

  • Mary Ann Benoit
    | 26 October 2019

    I am not really a fan of First Light, although I do like some of the deeper blues and greens they selected. Thanks for sharing:)

    • Claire Jefford
      | 27 October 2019

      The blues and greens are pretty, I especially like Blue Danube and was secretly hoping the Colour of the Year would be one with more richness and depth. But First Light is pretty and we’ve been seeing the similar tone – blush – for years in fabrics and accessories. Cheers for sharing your thoughts Mary Ann!

  • Shannon Ggem
    | 27 October 2019

    I love the color and your synopsis is right en pointe!

    • Claire Jefford
      | 31 October 2019

      Me too and thank you my dear!

  • Janet R Lorusso
    | 27 October 2019

    Thanks for posting the new collection, Claire. I do like this COTY and it has a bit more personality than last year’s pick, at least! I think it would be a fabulous ceiling color and I love it for accent pieces especially. Of the others, my hands down fave is Blue Danube.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 31 October 2019

      I love Blue Danube as well. That would’ve been a great choice for the COTY too! Cheers Janet.

  • Deb
    | 27 March 2020

    Just painted my kitchen with Pale Oak last fall. It’s beautiful. My lower cabinets are black to match my oven and dishwasher fronts as I only have long galley style row of lower cabinets on one wall of the kitchen with no upper cabinets. ( luckily to have a large walk-in pantry). My floor is light wood my husband designed and made with pallet wood. It came out beautiful. I first painted the kitchen with Revere pewter but on one wall it had a greenish tinge to it.. So plan B,, Pale Oak,, it’s perfect. Try it you will love it too!

    • Claire Jefford
      | 27 March 2020

      Hi Deb, this is so great to hear! I’m glad that Pale Oak worked out well for you. Cheers for letting us know!

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