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A new year is on the horizon, and that can only mean one thing: A new Pantone color of the year! The company announced its pick for 2020 yesterday, opting for a timeless shade that the company describes as a “poised and self-assured blue hue elegant in its simplicity”: classic blue. Read on to find out more about the color that will reign supreme for the next 365 days and how to incorporate it into your home.
What is the Pantone Color of the Year?
Pantone’s color of the year is a tradition spanning more than 20 years that sees the Pantone company analyzing current trends in the entertainment, travel, fashion, and home industries (to name a few) and selecting a single color based on their findings that embodies the spirit of the coming year to “provide strategic direction for the world.”
“The Pantone color of the year highlights the relationship between trends in color and what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time, a color that reflects what individuals feel they need that color can hope to answer,” Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute said in a press release. “As society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication, and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions, designers and brands should feel inspired to use color to engage and connect.”
This year also saw Pantone adding a “multi-sensory” angle to its findings, working with leaders in sound, smell, taste, and feeling to create an accompanying sound, scent, and flavor for the trusty blue hue.
Pantone Color of the Year 2020
Unlike last year’s vibrant living coral hue, 2020’s color is a serene, comforting shade that Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, calls “evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky.”
“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” she said. “It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by … classic blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” she said. “[It] encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”
It’s also color that’s particularly relevant on the home décor front, as its bold-yet-elegant vibrance works well across multiple materials, from fabric loveseats to painted hardwood tables. When incorporated into your décor via wall paint, furniture, or accent pieces, it also serves to provide a tranquil and comforting environment you’ll feel instantly at ease in. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for ways to incorporate Pantone’s color of the year for 2020 into your home!
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Us Pride Loveseat
US Pride Furniture Loveseat
Where to buy: $316.75, Amazon
Those with a penchant for classic blue would do well to immerse themselves in the luxurious, velvety feel of this loveseat. It has a trendy, mid-century modern design and a sturdy wood frame that will support up to 500 pounds. It also comes with two toss pillows.
Unique Loom Trellis Frieze Lattice Rug
Where to buy: 37.99 (Originally $58), Amazon
The lattice Moroccan geometric pattern of this Unique Loom rug is especially eye-catching when paired with a Pantone-esque shade of blue. It’s made of a durable polypropylene — a material known for its stain-resistant properties — making it a great pick for high-traffic areas. It also has a low pile that won’t shed.
The Inside Meditation Pillow
Where to buy: $89, The Inside
In honor of classic blue’s 2020 release, home retailer The Inside worked together with Pantone to create an entire collection with its own spin on the shade, aptly dubbed Dusk. This cozy pillow, which makes for the ultimate lounging accessory, is made by hand by top craftsmen.
Camp Melamine Dinnerware Collection
Where to buy: From $59.99, Bed Bath and Beyond
Blue isn’t merely for your living quarters — far from. The bold hue is also a perfect choice for kitchen décor, as seen in this Camp melamine dinnerware collection. Not only will this set’s lovely shade brighten up your cooking space, its wares are made of a durable, BPA-free melamine that’s both break-resistant and dishwasher safe. Choose from 7- and 9-inch round plates, 11- and 14-inch platters, and 6.5- and 8.5-inch bowls.
Ralph Lauren Bedding
Lauren Ralph Lauren Flora 3-Piece Bedding Set
Where to buy: $179.99 (Originally $300), Macy’s
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You don’t have to choose a monochrome color scheme to get in on the classic blue fad. This three-piece comforter set incorporates touches of the color into its floral design with blue blooms on the comforter and sham accents. It fits full to queen beds and is machine washable.
No. 918 Sheer Calypso Curtains
Where to buy: From $4.19 (Originally $14.99), Amazon
Unless you’re looking for blackout curtains, you might be tempted to shy away from such a dark color for your window dressings, but these No. 918 Calypso panels take that idea and turn it on its head. Their sheer, voile fabric gently filters in light, allowing for a still-sunny room. They’ve got a rod pocket design that allows for easy hanging and are sold as separate panels in one of two sizes.
Wher to buy: $217.59 (Originally $255.99), Target
A quick pop of color comes in the form of this dark blue Hogan ottoman, which is set off by a gorgeous stainless steel nail-head trim. This footrest, which doubles as an extra seat (or simply an attractive accent piece!) rests on sturdy beech wood legs and holds up to 275 pounds.
Port 68 Chow Blue Table Lamp
Where to buy: $390 (Originally $525), Neiman Marcus
Pantone’s color of the year shines through in the details of this porcelain lamp, which features hand-painted blue foo dogs and intricate linework. Accented by brass hardware, it has a classic feel and a three-way switch for its 150-watt bulb.
Skyline Furniture Accent Chair
Where to buy: $449.64 (Originally $528.99), Target
Envelope yourself in the deep, vast, and intimate blue of this Skyline accent chair. With a modern, wraparound design that you can easily settle into to watch TV or read the paper, it’s the perfect addition to your family room. It has a cotton cover fabric and holds up to 250 pounds.
Tailored Sleeper Sofa
The Inside Tailored Sleeper Sofa
Where to buy: $2,199, The Inside
An easy way to make classic blue a focal point in your living room is to invest in a dark sapphire sofa, like this one from The Inside. Visitors’ eyes will be drawn to its rich, luxe hue, made all the more elegant by its accompanying velvet fabric. Thin, solid wood legs keep the focus on the color, and toss pillows are included.
Aiden Lane Claude End Table
Where to buy: $219.99, Target
This darling little end table is both classic, with its familiar blue hue, and quirky in its design, which looks akin to a briefcase. This delightful mix will suit any room in your home, from the office to the bedroom. The drawer pulls out for storage and brass hardware accents the corners.
Marikmekko Pikku Lokki Accent Pillow
Where to buy: $39.99, Nordstrom
Not ready to commit to such a bold color on a large scale? This Finnish-style accent pillow from Marimekko is sure to make a splash on your couch or chair. It’s made of 100 percent cotton and is spot clean only.
Mercer Sanders Bench
Where to buy: $77.99 (Originally $260), Wayfair
One of our favorite classic blue picks, this elegant upholstered bench will fit perfectly at the end of your bed or in the corner of your favorite lounging area for an instant reading nook. It’s got a microsuede finish that will feel divine against your skin and tufted detailing that renders it highly classy.
Mikasa Avalon Blue Glasses
Where to buy: $39.99 for a set of four (Originally $67), Macy’s
We adore the subtle pop of blue these Mikasa glasses afford with their dark ombré stems. The upper half features an optic swirl design, making for a vintage look that will lend an air of sophistication to all your dinner parties. This set is made of glass and is dishwasher safe.
Pier 1 Audrey Collection II Wingback Headboard
Where to buy: From $449.98 (Originally from $699.95), Pier 1
Keeping with Pantone’s aim to provide an “anchoring foundation” with its newest color of the year is this stunning wingback headboard. It has hand-upholstered diamond tufting that gives it a plush, royal feel and a serenely calming blue hue that’s perfect for helping you drift off to sleep.