“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” says Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a release announcing the company’s 2020 Color of the Year. “It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on.” Eiseman goes on to explain that Pantone’s selection is aimed at challenging us to “think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

That’s a tall order for a color, but it seems the folks at the color management company feel what the world needs most in 2020 is a reassuring pat on the back, and this is the color to make that pitch.

10 Ways to Use Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

Classic Blue is a deep “true” blue color in that it doesn’t veer green or violet. It’s lighter than navy but darker than sky blue, making it a “Goldilocks” hue — it’s just right. I liken it to blue denim jeans that you can pair with a shirt of any other color. It’s an easy hue to work into a home, because it plays so well with other colors and can be used in and on any style of home, from traditional to contemporary.

If you’re a fan of this dashing choice, let’s explore the various ways you can bring it into your home.

10 Ways to Use Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

Navy blue has been a popular kitchen cabinet color lately, but I think slightly lighter and bolder Classic Blue and similar hues could give navy a run for its money. Here the blue adds depth and richness to an otherwise white-and-wood kitchen.

10 Ways to Use Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

If you prefer keeping the kitchen a bit lighter and brighter, try using this blue only on your base cabinets, or just on the island, as shown here. You get a splash of color while maintaining a clean white vibe.


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