If you’ve been a reader or follow my Instagram, it may not come as a shock that I love pink. So, the announcement that Benjamin Moore’s 2020 Color of the Year #coty is First Light 2102-70 was fun news, but also a bit of a surprise. Pantone’s 2016 color of the year was actually two colors – pale pink and pale blue.
So, the notion of selecting a sunrise or sunset color isn’t new. But interesting that Ben Moore is considering First Light as honoring the dawn of a new decade. It’s a color that feels innocent and optimistic. I love the name, for one thing. It clearly says what it means, the golden hour after sunrise is often a very pink. The Golden Hour is a photography term meaning just after sunrise and just before sunset when the sky is a very warm pink and gold. It’s a great time for photos of nature and of people as these warm tones are very flattering on most everyone.
While obviously, the sky is filled with many colors from golds to pinks to grays, blues and purples, the simplicity of First Light makes it a great neutral to go with any of these other colors and so many more.
First Light is a balanced color with a gray undertone with a hint of lavender, which keeps it from being too cool.
The thing about a pale pink is that it’s not cloying and overly girlie. There are many who dislike pink, but I think that’s the more Barbie pink we’re so familiar with. There is something emotionally satisfying to me about pink. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I always gravitate to the color – whether it’s on a magazine cover or a fabric.
Last year, Benjamin Moore’s color of the year was Metropolitan AF-690 – not to be confused with Metro Gray 1459, which I wrote about here and proved to be one of my most popular posts of the year. First Light goes very well with both, though you can really see how the green undertone of Metropolitan comes forward when next to the pink. Metro Gray has a lavender undertone, so the two colors are more analogous. How you pair colors together will really affect how they look individually. Also, note that all these images are affected by how they were reproduced and differences in computer and phone screens – so always, always, do a test swatch with real paint before making final decisions!
I’ve put together a fun “First Light” inspired shopping boutique of household goods, fashion and gift ideas. You don’t need to repaint to get a little touch of this year’s color of the year! (Disclaimer: this boutique contains affiliate links. A small commission is paid on purchases made, at no additional cost to the purchaser. These commissions help support this blog. Thank you!)