If you missed the news among all the hoopla surrounding the calendar turning to a new year (and decade!), the official Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is (drumroll, please) Classic Blue.

Shades of blue have been chosen for the honor quite often over the years. In fact, the company selected Cerulean back in 2000 as it very first Color of the Year. Blue Iris received the nod in 2008, and Turquoise ruled in 2010.

But back to this year’s honoree. Classic blue is described as “a familiar, calming shade of azure.” It’s a recognizable, dependable color that promotes a sense of calm – something many people are seeking in our complex, sometimes uncertain world.

The good news for homeowners who want to partake in this trend but don’t feel like repainting again soon is that Classic Blue won’t quickly look dated. It’s a reliable color that has already stood the test of time.

Not keen on a whole room in this color? Consider adding touches of Classic Blue to your interior in subtler ways. (Many people went this route with 2019’s champion Living Coral – a playful, vibrant color that some feel most comfortable with in limited amounts.) Easy, replaceable ideas include:

  • A Classic Blue shower curtain in the bathroom
  • An area rug with Classic Blue as one of the colors in the design
  • An accent wall in an otherwise white room
  • A Classic Blue vase situated on a table in the living room or dining area
  • Bathroom towels
  • Bedspread or sheets
  • Picture frames
  • Bookends
  • Throw pillows
  • Dishes, mugs, or placemats

Or why not get Fido a Classic Blue doggie bed? He’ll be the most stylish pooch in town!

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