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Decorating with the Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue


The beginning of the year is a time of cleansing and refreshment for many. Motivation is in high gear; New Year’s resolutions are set, positive mindsets lead the way and many people are ready to take on a new challenge. For some, this specifically aligns with achieving home design and decor goals, and it’s the perfect opportunity to experiment with the Pantone Color of the Year. In 2020, that shade is Classic Blue. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, shared the meaning of this color and why it’s so customary, relevant and timely.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” said Eiseman in a press release. “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, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, PANTONE 19-4052 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.”

Are you interested in incorporating this trendy shade into your home to start the decade off on the right foot? Consider the following suggestions for decorating with Classic Blue:

When the room needs a new look
The wonderful thing about Classic Blue is the versatility that comes with it. This shade works great as an accent color, but it can also be used as the focal point of your home and can even be used as a neutral like gray or beige, according to interior designer Kimberly Paulus.

“What I love about true blues, as opposed to turquoise and aquas, are that they can actually be considered a neutral,” said Paulus. “They really can work with any other color, which makes them super easy to incorporate into any existing environment.”

The living or dining room are two great options for Classic Blue if you want to make a bold statement in a space that sees lots of foot traffic.

Add Classic Blue to a room that is often frequented by family and friends.Add Classic Blue to a room that is often frequented by family and friends.

When you’re looking for an accent color
As stated earlier, this shade is also ideal as an accent and can be utilized throughout the home through accessories. It’s an ideal option if you’re looking for a change but aren’t ready for serious commitment.

“If they just need a little refresh, then it’s easy to bring blue forward in accessories and/or even a single deep blue pillow,” said Paulus.

One room that can benefit from a touch of Classic Blue is the bathroom, according to Paulus.

“I really like using deep colors in bathrooms,” she said. “The spaces are usually small enough that it isn’t overwhelming. Deep colors are also great for accent walls.”

The new year often encourages homeowners to think about taking on a new home project, but committing can be intimidating without a helping hand. If you want to add more Classic Blue to your living space shortly, contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors. He or she will come to your home for a free consultation to evaluate your space, discuss your ideas and provide advice based on the Color of the Year. With the assistance, your design consultant can help you decide if Classic Blue makes more sense as an accent color or the main hue in one or more of the rooms in your home.

Is your home in need of a makeover? Contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors today to get started.