Pantone's Color of the Year Offers Timeless Style

For two decades, the Pantone Color Institute has been an integral part of home design trends, informing designers and decorators with its anticipated Color of the Year announcements. Bringing the tradition into its 20th year, Pantone has given us a familiar and reflective hue for 2020: Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052). Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes the pick as a “solid and dependable blue hue that we can always rely on”, “imbued with a deep resonance” that challenges us to “think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

Check out our ideas for adding this enduring and thoughtful color to your home aesthetic!


Painting with blue can help establish a serene tone in your home. Use it throughout the floor plan, as a color theme for a particular room, or as a striking focal point on an accent wall—even the ceiling! Remember, adding a pop of color doesn’t have to mean painting your entire room. Just a single wall with a pop of color that reflects current home design trends can be satisfying enough.

Kitchen Backsplash

Paired with neutral flooring, cabinets and counters, blue backsplash tile creates a beautiful design statement, especially with eye-catching tile shapes and patterns. And even if Classic Blue isn’t your thing, the idea of adding a colorful backsplash to your kitchen is a home design trend that can help make your space feel more warm and vibrant.


If paint or tile feels like too much of a commitment, you can add relaxing and easily replaceable pops of blue throughout the home with pillows, blankets, rugs and wall art. This allows you to add the color seasonally or as it suits your temperament. Blue décor can also be used to enhance and complement a paint or tile color scheme. This approach is ideal for those who prefer color addition with flexibility, so you can keep up with home decor trends without the need for major changes.

Shower tile

Infuse your bathroom sanctuary with a touch of calm and clarity by adding blue shower tile. There are a number of ways to get creative with this—for example, blue pebble flooring or a wall mosaic. Or, you might consider more creative ways to bring a pop of color into your bathroom, like upgrading your accessories or painting your vanity Classic Blue. 


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