A Blue Mood: Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue


In unstable times, people search for something soothing and comforting. Pantone has answered this with their 2020 color of the year, 19-4052 Classic Blue. This indigo hue reminds us of steadfast things—the sky at dusk, a well-tailored blue suit, a tranquil sea, or a bowl of blueberries, bursting with sweetness. 

Blue is known to be a restful color, according to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of consistency and confidence that is expressed by Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue on which we can rely. Imbued with 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,” says Eiseman. 

Many gathering spaces utilize the calming effects of blue, including hospitals and hotels. Now, this tactic is finding its way into our homes and offices as well, in the form of paint colors, upholstery, and decor accents. 

So how do you harness the calming power of classic blue in your environment? As Eiseman states, Classic Blue conjures feelings of nature—the sea and sky. Bringing the outside in is a great way to harness this energy. Water features can provide a soothing background for both the ears and eyes. Incorporate a fountain into a lobby or living area to bring softness and movement to the space, as well as encouraging relaxation and meditation. 

Another way to incorporate Classic Blue is through indoor plantings using planters in the color. Gorgeous specimen plants could be placed in tall Asian Ceramics containers. Against a cream or white background, the accent would bring a pop of color while maintaining a clean silhouette. Or try a wide blue basin filled with succulents. The blue-ish grey leaves will play well with deep colors like Classic Blue. 

No matter how you utilize this beautiful color, enjoy the opportunity to bring calm and creativity to your space! If you need more ideas, we would love to help. Drop us a note, and we will be in touch soon! 


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