Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue

I couldn’t be more excited about Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020, Classic Blue—and not just because it’s a similar shade to the MHM Professional Staging and Megan’s Moving brand colors! It’s actually a beautiful color reminiscent of the vast and infinite evening sky. The deepness of the blue makes it a very elegant hue.

“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.”Pantone

This color fits perfectly with the new decade. It’s a color that fosters resilience and is also known to be a restful color that brings a sense of peace, tranquility, and refuge. It aids concentration, brings laser-like clarity, and recenters our thoughts. The balance of rest and clarity of Classic Blue sets the tone well for 2020. It’s a color that expresses constancy and will help us walk into the new decade in confidence.

Classic Blue, Pantone's Color of the Year for 2020

How Pantone Selects the Color of the Year

Pantone has been selecting their color of the year for over 20 years. It has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in many sectors from design to fashion. Selecting the color of the year is a very thoughtful process that involves trend analysis. Color experts at the Pantone Color Institute examine the world at large. They find influence from many categories that affect culture. This includes the entertainment industry, traveling art collections, and emerging artists. They may also pull inspiration from fashion, popular travel destinations, lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Inspiration can even come from new technologies, materials, textures, social media platforms, and upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

Check out my posts about some of the previous colors of the year:

How to Use Classic Blue in Interior Design

The challenging part for most people when decorating with this strong shade of blue is pairing it with other colors. To make things easier, I wanted to give you options of different color palettes you can experiment with for your home. Depending on your tastes, you can make classic blue work for any style by choosing the right colors to pair it with.

The Classic Combo: Classic Blue and White

You can’t go wrong by mixing Classic Blue with white. It is a timeless combination that offers a clean and crisp look. This color is effortlessly stylish and endlessly versatile. The contrast of the dark blue makes the white appear crisper. For a more interesting look, incorporate traditional furniture, such as klismos chairs, as accent pieces.

Classic Blue headboard with cream colored bedspread and pillows

Classic Blue also looks great with creamy neutrals. They tone down the contrast and can create a very sophisticated look. You can also soften the intensity of Classic Blue by pairing it with pastels.

Go for a Monochromatic Look

If you’re a blue-enthusiast like me, you’ll appreciate an all-blue palette. I recommend pairing Classic Blue with lighter shades of blue. This will help create depth in your space.

Make It Bright and Cheerful

For a bold and funky look, mix Classic Blue with orange accents, golds, and coppers. The brighter the orange, the funkier the look. Go from funky to modern simply by opting for a golden yellow. Both orange and yellow will make your space more cheerful and add bursts of positivity.

Classic Blue throw pillows accented with orange pillows

Make It Lush

Classic Blue looks beautiful with a forest green, which helps this blue look more natural. Pair Classic Blue with indoor plants for tropical vibes. The color combination of blue and green will make you feel connected with nature, fulfilling your intrinsic need for interacting with nature (biophilia). This is thought to be of great importance in 2020.

Final Thoughts on Classic Blue

Classic Blue is a color that encourages us to look beyond the obvious, expand our thinking, and challenges us to think more deeply. It increases our perspective and opens the flow of communication. This color makes me so excited for what this decade has in store. See how you can use Classic Blue or any other color in your home by scheduling a color consultation with my professional design team. Simply contact MHM Professional Staging to book an appointment.

Warm Regards,
Megan