Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue (19-4052) — a rich, dreamy, dark and beautiful shade of blue that pairs effortlessly with white, and gives a feeling of elegance and grace with paired with gold.
“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,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
This particular shade of blue is reflective, anchoring and self-assured. It’s relaxed and restful, and meant to offer us all a sense of needed tranquility. It’s also a color that’s ubiquitous the world over. During the company’s global research effort (one that begins well over a year in advance of the announcement), Classic Blue popped up in fields as diverse as the art market, the beauty industry, automotive manufacturing, tech, and even outer space.
Classic Blue can transform almost any space into the perfect protective refuge. Use it on the walls of your living room or bedroom for a bolder look, or incorporate it more subtlety with accessories — couches, chairs or lamps — for a more elegant feel. Want to go monochromatic? Muted blues may be best. And, of course, corals and blush pinks will bring out Classic Blue’s more feminine side. The good news is, blue is timeless; pair it with white and you truly can’t go wrong.
Below are some fun color combinations from Pantone. These palettes can inspire ideas for refreshing spaces in your home. Keep in mind that you can introduce bright pops of color into your space in ways other than wall paint. Fun throw pillows, simple accessories, or even a new piece of art can pull in new trendy colors into your space.
Color can transform a space, making the room feel cleaner, larger, or more complete. Have fun experimenting with color! From wall coverings, to furniture, consider adding a deep-blue color scheme to stylishly ground a room.