The job of a Florida Realtor® is often much more than navigating your clients through the homebuying process. It can include helping your buyers envision living in a home they look at, providing design advice, and even using your own décor skills to stage a Florida real estate listing. For those moments, we’ve put together a simple guide about how to use Colors of the Year in home décor.
For 2020, the PANTONE Color Institute chose Classic Blue (19-4052) as its Color of the Year. This elegant color is known to instill calm, confidence, and connection, and it’s an ideal choice as we head into a new decade.
“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the PANTONE Color Institute. “Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”
Sherwin-Williams, the paint brand found in our Florida new homes, selected Naval (SW 6244) as their Color of the Year pick. This rich navy blue, much like PANTONE’s color choice, creates a calm and grounding environment that inspires quiet confidence. Designed to empower as we enter a new decade, this beautiful hue provides an opulent background when paired with Art Deco influences, and it can even be a backdrop to bring nature indoors when combined with live greenery or natural finishes such as marble. Dress it up or dress it down – no matter how this shade of blue is used, it’ll meet a yearning for color without feeling overpowering or too bold.
PANTONE created five unique color combinations that coordinate with Classic Blue. These palettes offer ideas on how to use the color in a Florida home with options for every style. PANTONE’s color palettes include Ponder, a selection of cool blues and warm neutrals ideal to use in Florida home décor; Snorkel, bright colors that emulate the feeling of a tropical paradise; Desert Twilight, reminiscent of the early evening sky with metallic shades mixed in; Exotic Tastes, a mixture of jewel tones inspired by food and spices; and finally, Untraditional, a palette of unexpected pairings that would be ideal for the holidays or other celebrations.
Sherwin-Williams kept its color pairings much simpler, focusing on just one palette with three key colors that are the perfect accent to Naval. Tarnished Trumpet and Midday are both warm gold colors that contrast well with the bold navy blue, and they are hues that pair well with gold metallic accents for an elevated look. In contrast, pairing Naval with shades of green, such as Kale Green, will introduce biophilia, our intrinsic want as humans to be one with nature, providing a grounding, down-to-earth vibe.
It’s not uncommon to see the color blue used in décor in Florida homes, with our sunny blue skies and proximity to sparkling blue waters on both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. These Color of the Year picks inspire the use of blue in richer, more dramatic and elevated tones than the typical vibrant, bright hues that are inspired by a day at the beach.
With blue’s tendency to evoke relaxation and calmness, it’s an ideal color to use in bedrooms or casual gathering spaces. Pairing blue with casual neutrals, such as light grey, white, or tan, creates a relaxing environment. Elevate the elegance and warmth in a room by selecting cozy, feel-good fabrics such as suede or velvet.
For a lavish look, pair bold blue with deep red, orange, and teal hues such as those found in PANTONE’s Exotic Tastes color palette. Paired together, the contrast of many rich shades provides an upscale finish reminiscent of sparkling jewels.
For an upscale look without so much bold color, opt for metallic accents instead. Pairing bold navy with metallic gold or silver, along with luxurious textiles, will give a space a casual, understated elegance that will make everyone feel like a million bucks.
For those hesitant to incorporate strong colors into their décor, bathrooms are an ideal place to start since the space is generally closed off (literally, by closing the door) from the color scheme throughout the rest of the home. Both Classic Blue and Naval work well in bathrooms, providing a luxurious, relaxing vibe ideal for a spa bathroom. Start small with blue accents, such as towels, curtains, and rugs, or go all-in and paint an accent wall or even the entire bathroom blue. Pair it with crisp white trim for a clean, classic finish, or incorporate gold fixtures for an opulent Art Deco look. Incorporate green into the room through accents and plants for a natural, Zen retreat.
Homeowners are moving away from the traditional all-white kitchen in favor of bold color choices. Add pops of blue by painting the kitchen island or bottom cabinets, incorporate bold wall tile, or paint an accent wall decorated with eye-catching artwork to create a visual focal point in the kitchen.
For something less permanent though equally as stunning, incorporate fun, colorful kitchen accessories from brands like KitchenAid or Le Creuset. Or, bring calming and elegant blue into the kitchen via towels, dinnerware, or barstools.
Florida New Homes
We have to say, deep blue is one of our favorite colors, and used on the Highland Homes logo since we started building dream homes in Florida in 1996. For more inspiration on how to use blue in Florida home décor, visit our 2020 Colors of the Year Pinterest board.
And, viHiisit the Highland Homes website to browse Florida new homes priced from the $180’s to $300’s in which your buyers can incorporate their personal style, whether that be on-trend blue or any other hue!
Highland Homes has been building stylish new homes in Orlando, Tampa Bay, Ocala, Bradenton-Sarasota, and Lakeland-Winter Haven since 1996 and appreciates providing value to Florida Realtors® and your clients. To discover the benefits of selling with Highland Homes, visit www.HighlandHomes.org/Realtors.