Color Of The Year: Chinese Porcelain

Blend of cobalt and moody, ink blue offers escapism

Color Of The Year: Chinese Porcelain

Find peace in a restless world.

In a world where sleep is viewed as a luxury and the anxiety of a fast-paced world is all too real, it’s only fitting that the color trends for this upcoming year offer escapism in today’s technologically-driven society. Hand-selected by PPG’s global color experts, the PPG paint brand’s 2020 Color of the Year, Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6) is a blend of cobalt and moody, ink blue that imparts calmness and restful sleep while also offering the spirit of hopefulness – a rare commodity in a restless world.

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Serenity in any space

Serenity in any space

“The faster technology moves and the more convenience it offers, the more we seek activities, experiences and lifestyles that impart slowness and realness into our lives,” explains Dee Schlotter, senior color manager, PPG paint brand. “The need for simplicity and escapism from technology is in part, the reason that consumers are craving blues like Chinese Porcelain that bring us closer to natural elements such as the sea and sky – the horizon spot, creating serenity in any space.”

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Rich and traditional

Rich and traditional

Chinese Porcelain is a rich and traditional hue that provides the perfect, agreeable backdrop for vivacious colors to pop. It can also act as a feature color in a bedroom with crisp white bedding and crown molding to provide a sharp contrast. In living room space, layer the hue with additional blues in tufted and velvet furniture, or pair with trending metallic finishes like Hushed Copper (MTL141), from the PPG METALLIC TONES™ collection.

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Color to delight the senses

Color to delight the senses

“As we look to 2020, we know that color is the trend. Consumers are tiring of stark grays and are looking to infuse colors that delight the senses,” said Schlotter. “Blue is the easiest possible entry point from the world of neutrals to the world of color, and PPG’s Chinese Porcelain delivers the energy and brightness of cobalt blue – a trending hue taking the automotive, consumer electronics and fashion industry by storm. It also incorporates the enveloping of a deep, muted navy tone that is popular in residential and hospitality design.”

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Answering the need for connection

Answering the need for connection

The increasing need for connection in an unmoored world was a reoccurring theme at the PPG Global Color Workshop. This annual workshop brings together more than 20 PPG global color stylists from the automotive, consumer electronics, aerospace and home paint and stain industries. The stylists converge over the course of several days to analyze the runway, lifestyles, demographics, geographies, and global and cross-cultural societal inspirations to determine what colors will resonate and represent the PPG global color forecast, including the PPG Color of the Year.

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2020 Global Color Trends Forecast

While Chinese Porcelain is recognized as the PPG 2020 Color of the Year, it is also the focal point for the broader PPG 2020 Global Color Trends Forecast. This forecast provides direction and inspiration to architects, designers and homeowners across the hotel, retail and residential markets. PPG’s customers in all business sectors rely on the forecast for new products and color specifications in the architectural, aerospace, automotive and consumer electronic industries. The colors are brought to life through three trend stories, each nestled within the overarching theme of Flow.

Using Chinese Porcelain

Using Chinese Porcelain

Schlotter recommends pairing Chinese Porcelain with décor in warm saffron and turmeric tones, such as lush drapes or velvet pillows. The hue also pairs well with leather accents and dusty sand tones, for an attention-grabbing look.

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