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December Color of the Month: Berry Frost (DE5029)

Design Trends

Why Berry Frost is December’s Color of the Month
When one thinks of December colors, design schemes of metallics, green and red come to mind, all shouting forth the holidays to come. But this holiday season, our December Color of the Month diverges from the traditional.


This time of year we’re often buried under a massive “to do” list that seems to grow longer by the day not to mention a calendar full of events that can make this joyous time of year feel downright stressful. This month we’re highlighting a different kind of hue, a continuing examination of the eclectic red, plum and magenta shades we’ve been exploring since fall.

We’ve named Berry Frost (DE5029) our Color of the Month for December, highlighting a color that exemplifies Dunn-Edwards’ 2020 color + design trend story Fresh & Free, which emphasizes the search for balance and tranquility amid the chaos of life.


A Fresh Take On Winter Color
Like the sheen from red lights reflecting off a blanket of freshly fallen snow, or the pink of a chilly winter sunrise, December’s Color of the Month Berry Frost is as refreshing as its name. The color rounds out a palette of fresh and free yellow, green and blue-focused pastels that speak to light-heartedness, transparency and calmness.


Designing with Pinks
While pinks are no stranger to mainstream design thinking of the recent Millennial Pink color trend December’s color of the month Berry Frost is a soft kiss of magenta. Here are a few ways to accent your space light pinks such as Berry Frost.

  • Brighten your day by painting a mudroom or laundry room with this heart-lightening hue and see how fast your laundry-folding goes.
  • Berry Frost is reminiscent of the pink tone found in our 2021 trend story Hanabi. See how we’ve curated light pink with a palette that combines other pastels and saturated colors like orange and jade green. The color also works well in a bedroom when paired with a statement wallpaper in a periwinkle hue like Bachelor Blue (DE5878) or Misted Eve (DE5884). Keep the look light but grounded, pairing with taupe, greige and tan textured linens, rugs and cane furniture.
  • For a touch of kitsch, this light magenta tone can be beautifully paired with turquoise or mint hues such as Seafoam (DE5695).
  • Go bold and incorporate bursts of this pink hue into your holiday décor for an unexpected spin on the year’s festivities.

For more of our latest takes on color, check out our newly announced 2021 trends report called "Color + Design 2021: An Exhibition of Color."