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Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020: Classic Blue

The highly-anticipated release of Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 has arrived, and it did not disappoint. Introducing PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue– a timeless and elegant deep blue that offers tranquility and stylishness. According to The Pantone Color Institute, “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“.

Pantone Color of the Year has been influencing buying decisions and product development for the past 20 years. The company is responsible for forecasting trends within the design, fashion, and home industries and effectively leverages the power of color in our global economy.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocation of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

-Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

What does this mean for the typical consumer and homeowner?

There are countless ways to incorporate this year’s Color of the Year into your home decor, ranging from larger additions to simple home decor items. Check out our tips below for inspiration and let us know how you plan on adding Classic Blue into your homes!

Accent Pillows and Blankets

While adding in a new color to your home decor can seem daunting, accent pillows and blankets are a great place to start. They offer a fairly inexpensive solution for updating your home while making a huge impact on the overall aesthetic. Try mixing patterns, textures, and hues to create a cohesive and stylish space!


Whether you want to fully embrace adding Classic Blue into your home by painting your walls, or opt for a more subtle approach by adding in some artwork, don’t forget about your wall space!

Decorative items

This is perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive way to incorporate a new color into your home decor. Once you have a color palette in mind, like pairing basic neutrals with the cool tones of Classic Blue, head on over to your favorite home store and start browsing! Look for items that fit into your existing decor, like a new vase, coffee table books, coasters, picture frames, or table lamps.

Anna Young

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