Top 10: First Light, Color of the Year

2020 is a new decade and it is also the year that down2earth interior design will turn 10! We’ve been working hard for 10 years to make our clients’ interior design dreams into reality.  To celebrate this decade of d2e we are going to kick off a top 10 blog series.

The first one celebrates one of the colors of the year.  Pantone, a system for identifying, matching and communicating colors for consistency across the print and textile design industry, chooses a color of the year.  Paint manufacturers do the same.  Sherwin Williams shares its perfect hue, and Benjamin Moore focuses on a palette of trending colors.

From this palette, Benjamin Moore chooses one of the hues to be Color of the Year, and in 2020, they have chosen “First Light.”  It is described as:

A refreshing alternative to white or beige, First Light 2102-70 is a soft, airy pink that flatters any space and plays well with other colors.


Inspired by this beautiful color, we rounded up 10 décor items we think capture that first light of morning.   Here is our take on Benjamin Moore’s First Light color.

The first is a literal interpretation of the color’s name.  This print from Minted, called Candy Sky, certainly seems as if it could also be an artist’s interpretation of the sky at first light!

Another lovely print from Minted that inspired our design team conveys an airy feel along with the morning fog found in a field against a pale pink sky.



One of my favorite movie lines is from Dirty Dancing, “No one puts baby in the corner, no one!” Yet, somehow, the pink velvet chair in the photo below looks quite perfect and at home in the corner.

If you wanted to source a similar chair, the Effie Armchair from Cult Furniture looks to be a good match for the one found in the corner.


Pillows and footstools provide a pop of pale pink.  These elements layer color in such a beautiful way.



These pillows from Anthropologie also stand out because of the pink fringe accent.


While a more modern twist takes a similar color palette and uses color block to highlight the beautiful shade of pink.


The tufted footstool is both beautiful and functional (think extra seating for book club). We found one similar over at Overstock.


Styling a shelf is an art in and of itself; it is a part of the process we here at down2earth interior design call staging. Sometimes you can pull pieces from around the home that work with the color palette that is in the room and sometimes you just have to go shop to find the perfect accessories.  But when you see it all come together, it just might look something like what you see in the next picture.

Vases and ginger jars are mixed throughout the shelf in various shapes and sizes.   Some examples are featured below.


The final ode to Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, First Light is a vase filled with beautiful fresh flowers. A lovely arrangement can freshen up any room.  For this particular color, roses and peonies are a perfect choice!

Can you see yourself designing with First Light?  Tell us how in the comments below.

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