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Blog :: 02-2020

Home Trends 2020: Home Automation

Experts are estimating nearly one-half of all U.S. homes will become “smart” through home automation by the end of 2020. While becoming more mainstream, home automation is still an evolving technology with new platforms, products, and features being released to market continuously. This can make the idea of inviting smart automation into your life a bit daunting and overwhelming.  Here, we give you the scoop on the basics and the exciting trends in home automation for 2020 to get you up to speed and embracing the smart living in no time.  

What is Home Automation?

Comprised of a central controller networked with “smart” devices, home automation technology allows you to control household systems, including lighting, climate (thermostats), security, lawn care, and more. It involves everything from setting a time for your lights to turn on or off automatically to locking a forgotten door from across the country. There are not many areas of our lives where electrical devices are not going to be controlled from a central controller.

It is advised you get familiar with the ins and outs of automation before venturing into installing it in your own home. offers an FAQ on Home Automation to get you there.

Smart Devices Get Smarter

The technology continues to improve in user-friendliness, speed, and power, with 2020 standing to see artificial intelligence used domestically in exciting new ways. Smart home controllers and networks from Apple, Google, and Amazon lead the pack in making connectivity within the home easier and more accessible.

Smart Controls


Three of the biggest tech giants, Apple, Google, and Amazon, announced in December 2019 that they would be banding together to create one open-source platform that will allow for cross-connectivity and control of competing devices. As it stands now, not every device works with another type of device, whether Apple or Android. The companies said, “customers can be confident that their device of choice will work in their home and that they will be able to set up and control it with their preferred system. Choose between Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or other platforms.”

Smart Lighting


Whether you hate coming home to a dark house or struggle for the light switch in the middle of the night when heading in the bathroom, smart lighting can be automated to fit your needs for safety and efficiency. Imagine if you could set a timer from your phone that turns on all the lamps and lighting you need automatically. Or one that adjusts the blinds to allow natural light to stream into the room or closes them to block harsh sunlight. Smart lighting can do all this and more.

Smart Safety


If you are familiar with the self-install smart doorbells such as Ring, then you know the possibilities for keeping you safe are becoming increasingly more intuitive. You can now increase safety through networked cameras with voice capabilities and window and door sensors, all controlled through your phone or tablet. You get real-time alerts when you are away, and someone comes to your front door or tries to break in.  

Smart Sensors

All home automation is controlled using sensors in your systems from HVAC systems to smoke detectors to water heaters. With improved sensors coming online in 2020, you can monitor conditions with these units and get alerts when there is maintenance required. These smarter sensors can save in costly repairs after the fact.

Other Smart Trends for 2020

  • Smart home technology is predicted to become a more popular selling point for buyers, much like updated kitchens and baths were in the past.
  • Smart furniture is increasingly getting networked into homes with beds adjusting automatically to your sleep, smart sofas adjusting to the comfort of each user, and smart shelving in the pantry that keeps track of what’s there and what needed for the next shopping trip.
  • Smart climate control and thermostats become even more eco-friendly by supporting energy efficiency and lower energy bills.
  • Receive alerts for items such as when the mail is delivered, when your plants need watering, when your pet runs away, the kids coming in and out of the house, and more.




How To Use Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year in Your Home

For nearly 20 years, Pantone has released a Color of The Year and this color is often a barometer for what is happening in design trends as well as a reflection of society. The 2020 Color of the Year is no exception to this, as they have announced this year's color to be Classic Blue, Pantone 19-4052.

Explained as, “instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era”.  With a new decade underway, this color is both relaxing and hopeful, and a great color to consider for any home that might need a refreshing look. 

Pantone Color Palettes

Along with the color of the year, Pantone released a series of five color palettes that incorporate Classic Blue in each of them. These are dynamic and appealing to a variety of aesthetics and design styles. By taking a closer look at these palettes you can start the new year with some inspiring new color schemes for your home. The key to using each of these color schemes is playing with the proportion of color, this is most effective by choosing one or two as the basis for your design, and utilizing the others as accent colors.

1. Ponder

The colors from this palette are an equal mix of warm and cool colors and are perfect for a bedroom or a whole house color scheme. This combination of colors welcomes you to play up either the warm browns and gold, the bright pinks or the soft blues depending on the room or personal preference. The palette can be used across an entire home, changing from room to room the color proportions and choices while still creating a cohesive look for a home’s interior.

2. Snorkel

This is a palette with blues, neutrals, and bright pops of greens and a hint of pink. This color scheme is ideal for a classic cool look, playing up the neutrals and blue and then using the greens and pink for accent colors. If you have a home that has a coastal or seaside feel to it, the Coralessence, Lime Punch, Jasmine Green, and Cashmere Blue are great colors for ocean-inspired accessories in any room. The energy of the colors in this palette would be particularly suited for a guest room or breakfast nook.

3. Desert Twilight

This year, Pantone's palettes are featuring a wide range of shimmery colors, and Desert Twilight is no exception. As they explain, this palette, “creates an elegant backdrop for a glittery grouping of sophisticated shades painted across the sky, adding illuminating sparkle to a Desert Twilight.” The two standouts in this palette are the inclusion of Inky Black and Red Violet, these two colors alone can create dramatic contrast in any room but would be especially effective in a formal dining room or powder room. Pair these with the shimmery jeweled tones for accents and your space will be boldly unexpected.

4. Exotic Tastes

This palette embraces and celebrates nature-inspired hues and subdued jewel tones, it has rich colors that have a muted quality to it almost like the colors of spices in a far-flung outdoor market. These earthy colors would play well in both a large space as well as an intimate space like your library or study. With a striking gray in Quicksilver utilized as a neutral, you will have a wide range of options when using the other colors as accents. Exotic Tastes appeals to the need for the ever-popular jewel tones, but in an understated twist.

5. Untraditional

With current color trends incorporating bright and bold hues, this palette is the answer. These colors are perfect for those who love a great design risk and can be paired boldly with the shimmer of Faded Jade, Water Nymph, Space Cherry, Brass Knuckles, and Glistening Grape for beautiful contrasts. Untraditional answers the call for color palettes that are bright and cheerful, balanced by Classic Blue, Opal Gray, and Cannoli Cream. If you are looking for something more traditional, using these three colors as your main scheme is a beautiful blend of traditional and modern, and the colorful twist of the glittering colors is a great way to turn your space untraditional and delightfully unexpected.

Designer Tips For Finding Your Colors

When choosing a primary or accent color from any of these palettes, consider choosing three colors from any one of these palettes and work around them. You can bring in lighter and darker versions, but using a triad of colors is a good way to establish a guide to follow that is not too overwhelming. Many of these palettes offer many colors at the same time. You can minimize the number of colors and use only your favorite colors to be consistent throughout. If any of these color palettes or simply the Color of The Year, Classic Blue is inspiring, you will have a wide array of options when it comes to incorporating it in your home.

The first step is choosing the colors, and the second step lies in playing with the proportions of color. Consider which one will be your main wall color and then your one or two accent colors for trim or furniture pieces. If you want to bring in more pieces from a certain palette, use those in small hints of color such as throw pillows and decorative accessories. As you play with these palettes you will be surprised at how the proportions affect how the colors look and how your room will look as well. You might be surprised to find a great color combination that works for you in unexpected ways, and sometimes that is the best way to find a palette that fits who you are and the home you live in. 


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