It’s that time of year! Pantone announces its new colour of the year while we are making shopping lists and checking them twice.
Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2020
This year’s colour, is the safest, and most predictable yet.
Blue, the world’s favourite colour.
Pantone haven’t announced a blue in over a decade. So there it is. 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.
But it’s good to be in the know, I find colour trends fascinating. Given that navy blues have been back for a few years already (since they were last here in the 80s-90s) I’m not sure we will see any MORE blue and navy happening this year on account of Pantone’s ordaining the most loved colour in the world though.
But it’s true that you can’t go wrong with blue.
Interior Design by Maria Killam
If you’re wondering if blue is a good colour for a sofa, it absolutely is! I helped a client last year with a living room refresh (which I originally decorated for her) and when it came time to choose a colour, she went with blue again!
So back to what’s really occupying our thoughts at this time of year! Holiday gifting!
Terreeia is really hard to shop for, so two years ago, I hired Inge from Thoughtful Gesture to help me. I filled out a questionnaire and one gift she suggested made Terreeia cry (that’s never happened) she still talks about it to this day. Think about it, you’re already spending money on this person who is hard to shop for so what is a few more dollars to make sure the gift is perfect? See Inge’s site here.
And we all have that one friend with impeccable taste that is a bit intimidating to shop for, so here is my 2019 Holiday Gift Guide complete with some gift ideas for the savvy decorator (and for the rest of us too!) There is no blue in my gift round up this year, I’m going with classic festive red, green and gold.
My Designer Gift Guide for 2019
I travel A LOT as you all know. And I’ve learned a few tricks to make travel days more comfortable and enjoyable. One of my favourite carry on items is my soft and cozy cashmere wrap. You can find them at various price points, but here is a festive red one perfect for the holiday season.
Gift some sparkle with this elegant faux emerald and 14k plated gold bracelet that can be worn on its own, or layered with other gold bangles. And hey, this one is also available in Classic Blue!
You can never have enough stylish platters and bowls for entertaining. Bring this pretty Kate Spade bowl to your next holiday invite and leave it as a hostess gift.
A soft and cozy pair of gloves in a fun colour like these bright red ones from J Crew is the perfect winter accessory.
Have you heard of hyaluronic acid? It sounds toxic, but it is your skins natural defence against dehydration, a major challenge for most of us in the winter months. This highly rated moisture attracting mist is a best seller at Sephora.
There are SO MANY great coffee table books about decorating. What could be better than the gift of eye candy and inspiration? I just love the premise of the title of Vern Yip’s new book. I truly believe that your home should be your sanctuary! Especially this time of year.
Since I was in Finland this past summer, I have started collecting Finnish Iittala glassware. I use this particular (beer) glass daily just for water. It is lovely to look at and to hold. Here I am drinking my green juice from one in Finland with the wheat fields behind me. Introduce a friend to this authentic Finnish design, or snag some for yourself.
In fact, if you’re really stuck, all you have to do is look up Iittala glassware and you’re bound to find something.
Love these delicate pearl earrings with a gold bow detail to dress up even a casual outfit. They would make the perfect gift for for the classic gal on your list.
A collection of pretty wood cutting boards in interesting shapes is ideal for styling a kitchen. And they are also perfect for charcuterie for holiday entertaining.
For the green thumb in your life, this stylish watering can has such a pretty shape and colour, she will want to display it along with her happy plants. Ideal for that friend who just can’t wait for the warmer months.
This is such an adorable piece of whimsy in the most current colour combination of emerald green, blush pink and gold. Filigree pins are such an underused accessory. They can be pinned to jacket lapels, scarfs bags, the options are endless.
White vases with interesting shapes and textures are a staple for the savvy decorator I love Jonathan Adler’s line of edgy and fun vases and vessels.
I’m not sure how many vases I own but it’s definitely over 100. Vases with a flower/s are a staple in any vignette.
I like this one that references traditional hobnail glassware with a studded texture and a tapered shape. In the past few years I have been collecting hobnail milk glass (below). I like it because it reminds me of polka dots! Always happy like circles are reported to be!
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Maria’s White Kitchen
This pretty ice bucket with a basket weave texture would be the perfect gift for your friend who loves to entertain.
My colour boards are the most essential tool in any designer or colour enthusiast’s kit. Give the gift of excellence and ease in choosing colour with my curated collections of colours, where they will find the perfect colour every time.
The scent of the season is captured in this pretty jewel toned Fir and Firewood scented candle from Anthropologie.
Designers love things that are well designed. How brilliant is it to have all your bar accessories tidily hanging from a stand to put out for fixing cocktails?
Give the gift of colour confidence! My two best selling ebooks, How to Choose Paint Colours, It’s all in the Undertones, and White is Complicated, A Decorator’s Guide to Choosing the Right White, will set your design savvy friend on a journey of transforming the way they work with colour.
Over to you my lovelies! What do you think of Pantone’s colour of the year?