A Blueprint for Your Store’s Autumn Showcases

Pretty soon, Pantone will release its spring/summer 2019 Color Report  (here’s the one from 2018), and, not too long after, it will announce its pick for the 2019 Color of the Year. Many of us look forward to this announcement—whether or not we agree with the selection is another story—and this coming season is no different.

Behr Blueprint color of the year
Behr’s Blueprint living room (image via: Behr)

But another color source has beaten Pantone to the punch, already naming its selection. Blueprint, Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year, something like an algae-kissed teal, is described as an “honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life,” according to the paint brand. I find it to be a refreshing choice—far superior to the complicated hue of Pantone’s Ultra Violet, in my opinion—and can understand why its soothing presence would function so well in a home.

I think it would be as equally comforting in fashion, already mentally adding a cozy sweater in a like shade to my wish list for the fall and winter.


Pamela Froman Hexagon cognac diamond stud earrings
Hexagon stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.76 ct. t.w. cognac diamonds and 0.18 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,200; Pamela Froman

While there are a number of colored gemstones that would either match or complement Blueprint, I can’t help but think how lovely this shade would look paired with gold. That blue sweater I’m conjuring in my mind (hoping some brand or designer offers one this year) just begs for rich yellow gold hoop earrings. And a dress would be lovely with a brassy rose gold collar.

Selin Kent Gaia choker
Gaia choker necklace in yellow gold with 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,850; Selin Kent
Parade openwork diamond ring
Openwork clover-pattern ring in 18k rose gold with 0.42 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,475; Parade Design

My suggestion for autumn, rather than stocking up on matching blue jewels—though, you can’t lose with blue gemstones, you just can’t—is to incorporate Blueprint into your showcases: Through ring boxes or pillows perhaps, or simply by including a swath of fabric to nestle the jewels into. Then add your loveliest yellow and rose gold jewels front and center for a showcase that absolutely pops. It’s a beautiful departure from the typical shades of autumn we are drawn to (brown, orange, maroon, forest green…), and your customers will enjoy the fresh look, I’ll bet.

Toby Pomeroy Gingko Leaf earrings
Gingko Leaf earrings in 14k EcoGold with ideal-cut diamonds, $935; Toby Pomeroy
Phillip Gavriel Popcorn collection bracelet
Popcorn collection bracelet in yellow gold, price on request; Phillip Gavriel
Royal Jewelry diamond drop earrings
Earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.73 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,200; Royal Jewelry

If you need to beef up your gold selection, might I suggest these styles?

Top: Crystal Disc earrings in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, price on request; Polly Wales

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