It's called "Classic Blue" and you will no doubt begin to see it show up in accent applications throughout this year.  According to Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color, "Classic Blue is a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation."

Ok.  Well, it's pretty and versatile. Not sure about the rest of that flourishing description, but we just happy to move beyond muted tones of grey. 

Remember, You Don’t Live in Kokomo

Stop. Think of your buyers.  Think of your neighborhood.  Beware the HGTV and the sirens of Google calling out staging ideas such as bright orange or Chartreuse front doors for that standout appeal.  Remember, you don’t live in a Caribbean island bungalow, so you can’t paint your trim neon blue and your front porch flamingo pink.  Well you can, but your chances of selling it to anyone but one of the Beach Boys is slim…Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama...

We recommend going to a real paint store, like Hirshfield’s, and looking at color combination pallets. These 3-color paired combinations in themes do all the work for you. Our paint guru Dan Flaherty, suggests selecting a mid-range color combo, with a moderate contrasting accent. He suggests the recent color combination guide from Hirshfield’s for ideas (left).


We’ve blogged before about the fear we all have of picking the wrong paint color—called Paint Paralysis—a psychological condition, also known as the fear of getting it wrong. You might think that once you’re past that fear all is drip-free and dry to the touch? Not even close. Because now you have to confront and understand that which is partly physics and partly physiological— metamerism. In this short video, Paint & Fine Finishing manager Dan Flaherty explains the science and emotion involved.

However, If you can’t paint it, then replace it— and have we got a killer idea for that in this short video...

What would it take to make your home ready to sell today? Well, in our current market, probably an unlocked door would do the trick. However, as we all might just remember, change is a constant, be it weather or waistlines, so at some point in the future you might just have to work a bit harder to get your home market ready.

So, why wait? What if you could do a few lasting things to make your home market ready now, staged to sell, and enjoy those necessary enhancements until the market turns in your favor and you’re ready to recover some of that home investment? Let’s call it Staging to Stay!

STaging your home to sell or stay

Pantone's 2020 Color of the year