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One of my favorite features in my newsletters is my Kona color palettes. Today I'm sharing my latest here with you.

Through some technical research I selected Surf as the Kona color closest to PANTONE's Classic Blue, their color of the year for 2020. I used PANTONE's provided hex code for Classic Blue and compared to my Adobe library of Kona swatches.

Each of these Kona palettes uses Surf in the top position. Colors are listed in clockwise order, starting from the top.

(1) Surf, Lake, Cyan, Storm, Copen, Oyster.


(2) Surf, Breeze, White, Acid Lime, Limelight, Geranium.


(3) Surf, Peacock, Cerise, Black, Deep Blue, Valentine.


(4) Surf, Glacier, Cactus, White, Limelight, Teal Blue.

I find inspiration from a variety of locations. Check out today's newsletter to see where my inspiration for the third palette came from.


I've only scratched the surface of what you could partner with Classic Blue. More palettes are certainly forthcoming.

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One of my favorite parts of my newsletter is building color palettes. I thought I'd share a couple of them here with you! My inspiration for this week's palettes is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral. I think it's not quite pink enough, but I used Kona Nectarine as the closest Kona Cotton to Living Coral. (Anyone think a different Kona is closer? Or another solid brand has a closer match?)

Kona Cotton colors are listed clockwise from upper left. Always check actual bolts/samples before making your purchases, as colors display differently on different screens.


Nectarine, Red, Ruby, Bone, Peach.


Nectarine, Cerise, Caribbean, Nightfall, Taupe.


Every other newsletter includes four palettes. I actually created five this week, so there are three more Living Coral inspired palettes in my latest newsletter. Not a subscriber yet? Subscribe here. (Be sure to check your email to verify your subscription.)

What color would you pair with Living Coral?