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On Our Radar: Pantone 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue

Each year, Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement informs the designs and trends for the year to come and the highly anticipated 2020 Color of the Year has just arrived: PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue.

The color was chosen for “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, 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.”

Classic Blue is especially important because Pantone chose it not only to define 2020 but also to kick off a new decade of design. Here we break down why they made the choice and how to read their reasoning to inform your design choices for 2020 and beyond.

“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection”

Blue is a calming color and you can feel confident in using it to connect your interior design choices into a cohesive color scheme. A wall painted blue can complement a piece of furniture finished in blue upholstery that can also look great with a blue pendant hanging over it.

“This enduring blue hue…”

Blue is a timeless color that doesn’t go out of style. Look no further than the staying power of denim jeans. Even if your interior design style evolves or you move homes, it is very likely your blue design items will continue to fit in and look good.

“Our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build…”

When starting a new interior project from scratch, blue is an excellent foundational color to start with. Layer on with accents to taste.

“As we cross the threshold into a new era.”

Just because we’ve been calling blue timeless and enduring doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some futuristic innovation. We’re talking about 2020, for goodness sake. Blue can be cool and cutting edge. And we’re looking forward to seeing how designers interpret Classic Blue in the coming year. In the meantime, shop these designs inspired by Pantone 2020 Color of the year, Classic Blue.


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