2020 Color of the Year

Every year, Pantone – the authority on color matching and color standards, selects a color of the year. This may not seem like a big deal, but their choice is closely watched by fashion designers, interior designers, cosmetic companies, and more.

The Pantone Color of the Year tends to be present in the upcoming year’s clothing trends, makeup palettes, brand design, and so much more – for example, in 2012, Tangerine Tango was used to influence an entire makeup line at Sephora, while 2013’s Emerald led to green across the runways. But no where is it quite so apparent than in interior decorating and painting. For example, in 2018, the choice was Ultraviolet – a vibrant, bold purple, and that year, rich, saturated colors, led by violet, were seen in design magazines, across HGTV, and in homes nationwide! That’s why our interior and exterior painting company in Raleigh wants to “dive in” to the pick for 2020 and show you how you can use it in your home.

Classic Blue is the Pantone 2020 Color of the Year

Following the dynamic and energizing Living Coral of 2019, the executives at Pantone chose a more familiar, soothing shade. Simply called Classic Blue, this is a true blue with little to no undertone of green, gray, or violet, and the deep, solid color brings a feeling of timelessness. Unlike colors of previous years – Tangerine, Ultraviolet, Emerald – Classic Blue is a true classic in every way. We’ve seen it throughout history in beloved artwork and design in classic homes, even in museums. It’s the color of a favorite sweater, or the shade of the sky at dusk on a clear summer night. Classic Blue is meant to evoke a comfortable, familiar feeling rather than shake things up or jolt the senses. 

Why Choose Classic Blue?

When Pantone chooses the Color of the Year, this isn’t an arbitrary pick of a color the executives like best. Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has chosen one select color as the Color of the Year (except in 2016 when two shades were selected). The selection process is held in Europe with a secret meeting of representatives of color standards groups from nations around the world. There are two days of discussion, presentations, and even hotly contested debates before choosing a color. 

Why is it so intense? The Color of the Year reflects the cultural zeitgeist. It is meant to connect with the feeling of the time and “anticipates what’s going to happen next,” said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Institute. With the instability felt around the world – resistance across Asia and South America, political divides, global climate concerns, and other challenges – the Institute wanted to choose a shade that immediately felt familiar and would soothe the feelings of instability, build confidence, and create a connection. 

Using the Pantone Color of the Year in Your Home

Whether or not the color makes you feel confident or comforted, there is no denying the appeal of Classic Blue, and it’s certain to make a big appearance in home design trends in 2020. If you love the look of blue, we wanted to share some ways you can incorporate it into your home, whether you want to go all in or merely use it as an accent.

Where to Use Classic Blue?

Generally, blue is one of the most popular colors and reflects peace, harmony, and comfort. Adding blue tends to be a “palate cleanser” and can add soothing tranquility to the home.  Able to be formal and sophisticated or informal and relaxing, this versatility makes it great for pretty much any part of your home!

Social spaces, like dining areas and living rooms can feel cozy and allow guests to feel at ease almost immediately, especially when paired with gorgeous wood trim and warm neutrals, while bedrooms and dens can become havens of relaxation. Even a bathroom can take on a spa-like feel with the rich tones of Classic Blue when paired with brushed nickel fixtures, clean, crisp white, and cool gray tones. 

How to Use Classic Blue in Your Home

While it’s a rich color, it’s neither too bold or too dark to use for interior painting in your Raleigh home, which most people find as a problem with colors like Navy blue. Many interior designers love Classic Blue because it’s so versatile, so here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Painting an entire room: Lighten the space with crisp white trim and white curtains for a sophisticated look, or create a coziness with textured accents.
  • Create an accent wall: If you have a fireplace or another focal point, use that wall as your Classic Blue accent.   
  • Update your cabinets: Transform your kitchen or bathroom by having your cabinets repainted – especially if you chose the all-white and gray trend from a few years back!
  • Consider a statement piece of furniture: Instead of painting the room or another element Classic Blue, choose a warm neutral, like a creamy beige for your interior paint color and consider a couch or large accent rug in blue.

Let Our Interior Painters Bring the Pantone Color of the Year into Your Home!

If you want to update your home and are feeling inspired by Classic Blue – call the pros at Osborne Painting! You’ll save time while getting the gorgeous, professionally finished look you want in your home, whether it’s having an accent wall redone, whole home painting, or cabinet refinishing. We work on a variety of materials, including wood, concrete, brick, and drywall that will look fantastic for years to come. Call us at (919)878-6611 today for a free estimate on your home painting project!