There’s something comforting about Classic Blue, Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year. While entering a new era, Classic Blue is a foundational color—a tone to build up a feeling of ease, resilience, and tranquility. 


Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said of this year’s selection: 

“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. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”


With the 2020 selection of Classic Blue, those inspired to incorporate this color in decorating will be both on-trend and timeless. Whether you plan to bring in Classic Blue through accent pieces, or want to go bold with whole-space color, here’s some inspiration for including this color in your home: 


Front Door + Shutters

Make a statement from the exterior by using Classic Blue as your front door color or shutter color. This hue particularly pops when contrasted with a lighter color exterior. 

Appliances + Cookware

Add a pop of Classic Blue in your kitchen with storage containers, salt and pepper mills, even dutch ovens and stand mixers. 


An accent furniture piece in Classic Blue can go a long way, and has staying power. Think of investment pieces like a couch or side chairs, or a chest of drawers. 


For something a little lower cost and more transitional, grab some textiles in Classic Blue. Think of things like shower curtains, accent rugs, curtains, and pillows and kitchen towels. 


Wall Color

From an accent wall to a full room in Classic Blue, make a statement with the color of the year. The good thing about this color is it’s a staple—you won’t need to repaint next year.