What’s Blue and Green and Seen All Over?
Joanna Gaines has become a major tastemaker thanks to Fixer Upper, a show that hit big on HGTV from 2013 to 2017. The show often featured the construction/design company she ran with her husband, Magnolia Homes. The Magnolia brand now extends to a store, lifestyle books and specialty magazines and a restaurant in Waco.
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Given her huge following, when Gaines is enthusiastic about a trend, the world pays attention (and pays for matching home décor), at least among the paint-buying public. (Pantone can go peddle their picks elsewhere.)
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The only surprise? It’s not a neutral called Shiplap.
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The evocative choice is a deep teal that PPG Paints dubs Night Watch. The global stylists from PPG attribute the immediate popularity of the dark blend of blue and green with our instinctively positive reactions to lush greenery and the restorative power of nature.
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The Gaines-approved and branded version – available in eggshell, matte and satin -- is called Weekend Blue, which she featured in an Instagram post. The Magnolia marketing copy calls the color “a denim-inspired blue that remains vibrant and bold.”
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Not a fan? Night Watch is just one of 200 colors in PPG’s 2019 Global Color Trends Forecast. You could always stick with Black Flame – a blackish blue (or bluish black) that PPG chose as its 2018 Color of the Year. On the other end of the spectrum, you could go with Alabaster, the color Gaines chose for the main interiors of her own farmhouse.
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