Coloring Our Homes in 2020

In case you missed it, Pantone – the standard bearer for color in design and fashion around the world – announced its color of the year back in early December. They named Classic Blue stating that, “instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a stable foundation as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

Yes, color can do all of that and more. Especially in our homes. Pantone is predicting that interior design trends for 2020 will, “reinforce the notion that muted and vibrant tones can co-exist.” So basically, no more grey-ja-vu.


At Boxwood, we strive to bring colorful, modern takes on traditional styles. And that is clear in our line of furniture paint by Annie Sloan®. If you’ve never used it before, Annie Sloan® Chalk Paint® can breathe new life into old furniture without sanding or priming. And it’s not just for the shabby chic or farmhouse look. I personally love these vibrant, unique tables and mid-century modern inspired pieces.



Annie Sloan transformed the world of furniture paint by inventing Chalk Paint® in 1990. She’s all about inspiring home painters to be creative and adventurous with her paints and colors. As one of 1,700+ independent stockists in 55 countries around the world, Boxwood is proud to be the only retailer in our area.



So with New Year resolutions and never-ending snow days, January is the perfect month to tackle that home improvement project. And if you have a vintage end table or desk in solid wood, why not try to paint it? Just think what it could look like in Annie’s Napoleonic blue – a true classic!



Want to find out more? All of our associates are trained to help answer any questions – or we’re offering two 101 beginner classes this month on January 15 and January 29. You can sign up in the shop or online.


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Co-Owner | Boxwood
Over the past 15 years, I’ve covered the major branches of D.C. careers – political campaigns, Senate press office, advertising sales, and strategic communications. But after I had my two kids, I knew I wanted to do something that truly reflected my desire for creative, colorful design. Luckily, I stumbled into a shop on South Royal Street in early 2019 and met Joanna Szczerban. We opened Boxwood in April to offer Old Town a fresh take on home decor and gifts – and we haven’t looked back.

Boxwood was born out of the idea that our homes should be as vibrant and colorful as the people who live in them. So our decorative items and gifts bring a fresh, modern look to Old Town – everything from pillows and table linens to furniture painted with Annie Sloan® Chalk Paint®.

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Alexandria, VA 22314

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