Now that we’ve looked back at 10 years of Pantone colors, it’s time to turn our focus to the future. Pantone recently released their new 2020 Color Of The Year, Classic Blue, and we can’t help but wonder how it will take shape in the world of design.
Classic Blue is a color that sounds quite a lot like how it looks. Not quite navy, far from sky, it’s a blue that is dark, deep, and almost has an earthy undertone. Pantone describes Classic Blue, a color that brings to mind the sky at dusk. In their words it is nonaggressive, easily relatable, and a solid and dependable shade meant to provide refuge. According to the institute, it was chosen in response to the frenzy and anxiety in the world today brought on by technology.
As is usually the case, peoples’ reactions to the color have been somewhat polarized. Some argue that the color is forgettable and irrelevant to the current landscape of unrest and information overload. Others in design, fashion, and visual industries have jumped on board noting that some of the biggest recent trends have already started to set the tone for a year of Classic Blue.
Classic Blue in Home Design
Naturally, we’re of the camp that’s thrilled about the crisp, solid blue shade. Here’s why: First off, we think the color signifies a return to aspects of traditional home design. People are looking for spaces that are inviting, warm, and comfortable, and are calling on nostalgia to achieve those feelings. Classic blue is—well—classic, and it’s a color that has always been in style and will continue to be. It’s a sound choice for anyone who wants their environment to feel like a steady moment in a changing world.
Not to mention, blue is consistently the number one color choice among Modsy customers. And now we expect to see a lot more of it along with a larger a resurgence of classic forms and styles, including the re-introduction of antiques in interiors.
To put Classic Blue to the test, we tasked three Modsy designers to dream up spaces that work in the new hue. Take a look at their designs below and get their tips for working the color into your home decor.
Look #1: Classic & Warmly Glamorous
Modsy Designer: Aimee M.
Why She Loves Classic Blue: For Aimee, the hue is endlessly inspiring and versatile. She describes Classic Blue as truly a timeless color that has the ability to transcend styles and trends.
How She Used The Color: Aimee designed a bedroom that brings the boldness and versatility of Classic Blue into chic focus. Paired with bright whites and contrasting hues, Aimee demonstrates how the color has enough brilliance and pop to steal any show.
However, she thinks that the blue shade’s real power is when it’s used as the primary color in a space. This allows the deep undertones to create a sense of swaddled security and grounded calm.
Case in point: This bedroom she designed is equal parts traditional and glamorous, and is steeped in a deep sense of comfort.
Look #2: Classic & Simply Modern
Modsy Designer: Jessi V.
Why She Loves Classic Blue: The blue shade reminds Jessi of how, in fashion, blue jeans have been an undisputed closet staple for as long as anyone can recall. Not to mention, they can be paired with almost anything. For her, it’s the same with Classic Blue. She’s excited to see the color used as a neutral and a base in home decor in the same way as blue jeans have been employed in fashion.
How She Used The Color: Jessi envisioned this living space that’s anchored by the blue but still feels perfectly crisp, clean-lined, and simple with just the right amount of bright impact.
For Jessi, the idea is that Classic Blue is a medium for modern minimalists to explore and experiment with color. The blue in this living area has classic appeal but is neither overwhelming nor too much of a commitment for modern design lovers.
It’s also bold yet calming, and it’s a naturally occurring shade. All of that makes it an easy and relatable accent color that will encourage even the staunchest minimalists to dip their toes into a world of color.
Look #3: Classic & Captivatingly Cool
Modsy Designer: Logan R.
Why He Loves Classic Blue: The reason is simple for Logan. Classic Blue is more playful and vibrant than your run-of-the-mill navy shades. But it’s also a shade that he thinks anyone can readily incorporate into their space. He’s excited to see what people do with it.
How He Used The Color: Logan sees the blue shade used in a cool contemporary way that involves patterns and shapes. He believes that texture is key to incorporating the shade successfully. He’s thinking slubby fabrics, matte glazed ceramics, tinted glass, and rich velvets that add sophistication. These distinct tactile elements will help keep Classic Blue from leaning into what he describes as “recycling bin blue” territory.