Classic Blue: Announcing the Pantone Color of the Year

At the end of every year I look forward to Pantone announcing its Color of the Year. Classic Blue is the honored color for 2020 and following you’ll find inspirational ways to use it in your home.

Classic Blue - Pantone Color of the Year in a Kitchen Photo by Designerpaint

Classic Blue is a calming, confident hue that “highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

Pantone Color of the Year - Classic Blue


Do you have a collection of white ironstone or other white dishes? Look how great white looks in a cabinet painted a classic blue. I don’t think any other color can make white tableware pop like this.

Classic Blue China Cabinet with White IronstonePhoto by Davonport

My first kitchen was a classic blue and white cottage style kitchen – but the blue had a touch more green in it. Blue tends to be a popular color for country kitchens. If it’s too much for you, consider painting just the kitchen island.

Blue and White Country Farmhouse KitchenPhoto by Coppice Guild

Blue always looks great with yellow and this rich shade of blue really makes the custom cabinetry stand out.

Country Kitchen in Blue and YellowPhoto by Michael Lyons Architect

Pantone Classic Blue doesn’t have to be limited to walls and cabinetry. Use it on fabrics like this pretty shade shown in a more contemporary dining room.

Blue Upholstered Dining Chairs in White Breakfast NookPhoto by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

A traditional living room enjoys a blue sofa with a blue tiled fireplace. Just beyond the French door on the right, you get a glimpse of a blue room. Probably a den, which looks quite cozy.

Traditional Living Room with Blue Tiled Fireplace and Blue SofaPhoto by Andrew Howard Interior Design

Consider adding a coat of classic blue to your front door. If you have a white house and don’t mind painting, it might be fun to switch your front door every year to the Color of the Year (okay, maybe that’s a bit over-enthusiastic).

Front Entryway Door Painted in Classic BluePhoto by Charmean Neithart Interiors

Even an interior door looks beautiful in blue.

Interior Door Painted Classic Blue - Historic HomePhoto by Joshua Smith Inc

Are you a fan of more feminine rooms? Classic blue looks soft and pretty in an English Country living room.

English Country Style Living Room in Blue TonesPhoto by Anthony Baratta LLC

So what do you think of Pantone’s choice of Classic Blue as the Color of the Year for 2020? Are you a fan?


Enjoy More Colors in the Home:

Blue and Green Color Combos for Decorating

Decorating with Lavender

10 Ideas for Decorating with Painted Furniture

Decorating with Yellow

Pantone Greenery: 2017 Color of the Year


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  1. I love this color! I have it scattered all over my house in accessories, but now I’m thinking of painting a room classic blue. Thanks for your inspiration!

  2. I’m a cool color person so I absolutely love the blue. I have a can of blue paint in my garage, a little darker version of this color, waiting for me to paint my foyer. There is a lot of white doorway trim in my small foyer, so it will balance out the dark color. It’s been on my to-do list, so it being the 2020 color is inspiring me.

  3. Blue is my favorite color and all my gray painted rooms are accessorised with blue. My mother gave my a set of blue and white Churchill china ages ago and that started my blue. You are the one who influenced me to paint a room gray and it looked so good with my blues and wood furniture i painted two more rooms, thank you Jennifer.

  4. I love the color blue. I have my ensuite and master bedroom in blue, although not quite this dark of blue of this year’s color.

  5. I love this blue! I think I will paint the interior main doors of my mountain home this color! TY for the suggestion! I have all white walls with green doors now. This particular blue will add additional accents!

  6. Reminds me too much of the dark jewel tones of late 80’s early 90’s. The older I get I need light neutral colors. The darks are too dreary