• Sean O'Neill

Blue Skies Ahead: Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2020

Updated: Apr 22, 2020


Need of some fresh inspiration for home decor in the New Year? Look no further. The Pantone Color Institute—a consulting service within Pantone that forecasts global color trends—recently revealed its 2020 Color Of The Year as Classic Blue (19-4052), a rich indigo shade reminiscent of an evening sky. 

The hue is a striking contrast to 2019’s bright coral, which made its way into throw pillows, furniture, wall coverings and home appliances over the last 12 months. Classic Blue echoes the first-ever Pantone Color of the Year, Cerulean Blue, which was selected in 1999, during a time of great anticipation (the New Millennium was arriving) and concerned curiosity (Y2K). Experts at Pantone note that the start of a new decade, 2020, evokes many of these same emotions, making it an ideal moment to call upon a color that communicates mystery as well as familiarity.   


“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, noted in that same release. “Classic blue is a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on.”


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