Dec 20, 2019

Why Classic Blue is Pantone’s Color of the Year

If you haven’t check out the upcoming decorating trends for the new year we can tell you that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue. As the reigning king and and international authority on everything color, Pantone’s end of the year announcement sets the tone for what’s to come in the year ahead.

For over 20 years Pantone has done its job. As a major influencer in product development and design, the company also manages to control purchasing decisions for the fashion, home furnishings and industrial design industries. And this year is no exception. As Classic Blue takes the top spot on the color spectrum, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing it pop up just about everywhere including in our homes.

As we enter into a new era we’ll take a quick look at Pantone’s first Color of the Year for the new decade. Then to keep things fun we’ll review the previous 10 years and how color can calm our moods and energize our spaces. And why Classic Blue is the ideal color to start the decade.

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Described as familiar and calming, Classic Blue is a hue that resembles the nighttime sky. According to the Pantone Color Institute it was chosen for its futuristic attributes—a color that forecasts what’s going to happen next. Their decision was based on the global uneasiness and the feelings of instability that the world has been facing. It is a color that relaxes, soothes, and protrudes reassurance and confidence. As a dark shade finding balance is important when using it in your home. Experts suggest using it sparingly and not overdoing it when decorating a small room. Classic Blue lends itself perfectly to accent walls and accessories. Try finding artwork, floral arrangements, throws, and vases that you can incorporate in small doses. Using splashes of Classic Blue to grab attention in a room also works, too.

A look at the past


2019–Living Coral 16-1546: As we say a fond farewell to 2019 we’ll remember Living Coral for its vibrant but mellow hue. By its very nature the color tends to conjure up images of bright coral reefs. With the color’s ability to provide connection, warmth and intimacy it’s perfect for a comfy sofa. Plus there’s also a fun side to this social color that helps to express our inner playfulness. This year the color popped up on vintage rugs, on comforters and pillows, and in bathrooms on towels and shower curtains.

2018–Ultra Violet 18-3838: Somewhat mystical and spiritual Ultra Violet directly relates to the cosmos and signifies experimentation and non-conformity. When used, Ultra Violet has no boundaries and tends to allow individuals to express their individuality. Make a statement by pairing it alone or with softer colors such as blues and pinks.

2017–Greenery 15-0343: Greenery is a yellow-green vivid shade that evokes the finest in nature—revival, restoration and renewal. Its versatility lends itself well to a variety of color combinations. When decorating use Greenery to rejuvenate and revitalize by pairing it with brights, deeper shades, pastels, and even metallics. It’s a neutral that never stops giving.

2016–Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919: Pantone made history of its own when it named the blending of two shades in 2016 as the Color of the Year. Joined by the hip, Rose Quartz and Serenity satisfied consumers and their desire for reassurance and security. For some inspiration on how to use these two shades check out this article.


2015–Marsala 18-1438: If you thought of a variety of red wine when you saw this you aren’t alone. This hearty shade of red-brown feeds our bodies, minds and souls. Stylish and elegant its ideal for plush fabrics on a sofa or for dining room chairs. Read this article for some creative twists on how to use Marsala in your home.

2014–Radiant Orchid 18-3224: A mix of fuchsia, pink and purple undertones, Radiant Orchid symbolizes immense love, joy and health. Named for its ability to engage the eye, it also encourages creativity and originality. With all its charming attributes, this attention-getter shade draws you in and never lets go. Incorporating it in your home is easier than you think.

2013–Emerald 17-5641: Mostly known as being a popular gemstone, Emerald’s radiant and lush green color symbolizes a sense of well-being, balance and harmony. In sync with nature it transcends a true sense of both clarity and renewal. With its luxurious and sophisticated appeal it works well in homes and throughout the fashion industry. Adding pops of Emerald can bring new life to any home.


2012–Tangerine Tango 17-1463: Vibrant, appealing and reddish-orange in color, Tangerine Tango provides the energy boost needed to recharge and move forward. Sophisticated, dramatic and exotic, its unique color combination—vivacious red and warm yellow radiates both heat and energy. Tangerine Tango danced into our homes years ago but its popularity is still trending today.

2011–Honeysuckle 18-2120: Reddish-pink in color Honeysuckle is courageous and confident. This bold, captivating color can help to lift your spirits, infuse you and carry you through another year. Pantone describes the shade as a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it. Meet the challenges of everyday life with vigor by incorporating splashes of honeysuckle in your home.

2010–Turquoise 15-5519: Combining the serenity of blue and the invigorating attributes of green, the color Turquoise has many of us dreaming of tropical paradises, crystal blue waters, and a lazy day on a beach. Its soothing and relaxing qualities offer a comforting retreat from everyday life. With both warm and cool undertones it complements almost any other color on the spectrum. Browns, greens, and neutrals are both tranquil and inviting and a great way to create a beautiful room.

Start the new year in a new home

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