Classic Blue: Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

Posted on Dec 10 2019 - 10:24am by Zoe Eisenberg


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As we move toward the new year, many are thinking about new resolutions, new habits and new beginnings. But are you thinking about new colors? For the past 20 years, Pantone has chosen a Color of the Year to guide design trends as we dive into the future. And the official shade of 2020? Classic Blue (19-4052).

According to Pantone, the color is meant to instill "calm, confidence and connection," as well as "highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era."

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The color is chosen based on trend analysis conducted by the company's color experts, who examine both emotional trends and color influences in the entertainment industry, art, fashion, textiles and even popular events, like sports.

contemporary minimalist blue and white bathroom two round mirrors with black frames are on the royal blue wall. round ceramic washbasin and stainless steel basin tap is on top of the white vanity unit with two drawers. blue vanity stool is under vanity unit. walk-in shower with large white tiles and staineless steel shower panel with glass door. black wall shelves with small white cosmetic bottles. ceiling with strip cove lighting with embedded spotlights.

But what does this celebrated color actually mean for the design industry? For two decades, Pantone's annual Color of the Year has influenced product development in multiple industries, from fashion to home furnishings, industrial design and more. So get ready to see this dusky blue pop up in clothing, home goods, branding, high-end items such as cars and electronics, and of course, painted on the walls of houses across the country.

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  1. Nancy Davis December 20, 2019 at 5:51 pm -

    Blue is a very nice color which depends on the shade of blue. In our market various shades of grey and cream open the home beautifully. that shows off the spacious rooms & highlights the woodwork trim. It really is based on what each buyer likes in their home.