Classic Blue is Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

Classic Blue is Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year

Posted On December 18, 2019

All bets are on the color blue for 2020—well, almost all. With Pantone’s revelation late last week that it has chosen Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue as its Color of the Year for 2020, three of the four hues selected by color forecasters over the past several months to play a starring role next year are shades of blue (Sherwin -Williams chose Naval and PPG chose Chinese Porcelain, while Benjamin Moore opted for First Light, a pale pink). Pantone’s selection noted that Classic Blue is a “timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity” and represents stability in a time of uncertainty.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. 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,” noted Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Imbued with a deep resonance, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation.”

Pantone 19-4052 is described as classic, stable, and restful. Photography courtesy of Pantone.

A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a restful color that brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit. In applications related to home decor, Pantone notes that Classic Blue is a pervasive favorite, offering the promise of protection, a stable foundation, and creative confidence. The hue is easily applied across different materials, textures, and finishes, Pantone noted, and can express tradition and elegance as well as boldness.