With a new year comes a host of trends in the design space. One of those trends is color in the home, and Pantone has declared the Color of the Year for 2020; Classic Blue. For over two decades, Pantone has released its Color of the Year to forecast trends for the coming seasons. The decisions also influences product development throughout the year.

To celebrate this new year, try adding Classic Blue into your home! The serene shade will be a great compliment to any room by serving as a gentle pop of color. Let us show you how to use the color of the year when designing your 2020 space.

What is “Classic Blue?”

Some of you might be wondering, “Why did they pick Classic Blue? What is so special about this year’s color?” According to Pantone’s Color Institute, this year’s selection reflects the mindset of the time; a new decade.

 “A solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation,” said Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s Executive Director, of the 2020 shade. “A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue 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.”

The Color Institute selected a color that promotes feelings of comfort and encourages relaxed thoughts in a chaotic time. One with many possibilities, including in your home. Bring the serenity and dependable foundation of 2020’s color of the year into your space.

Be Subtle with Your Shade of Color

Classic Blue is a mid-tone neutral shade of blue that is very versatile in the home. The color transcends design styles to find a great fit in any space, whether it’s mid-century modern, farmhouse or contemporary. If you want to start small with your experiment of placing color in your home, use small décor accents like rugs or lighting fixtures to introduce more vibrant hues into the room.

Creating a sky-like landscape in your living room by adding Classic Blue throw pillows to your couch or an accent chair. Or give your feet a place to rest like an ottoman that resembles a cloud. Both options will help you to regroup after a long day by bringing the feelings of calmness evoked by Classic Blue into the space.

A Sea of Bold Blue

If you are ready to embrace Classic Blue into your 2020 space, don’t be afraid to go bold with tonal monochrome. Set the mood of the room with a tone and use it as the foundation for your decor and furniture choices. The technique is an ode to interior design trends from the 20th Century. (For more tips on achieving that style, check out our Roaring Twenties blog post.)

Want to be bold with color, but not sure if you are ready to commit to a full room of Classic Blue? Start with larger pieces in your home and build upon that use of color. Our Enderlin sofa is a luxurious take on the color of the year with the use of soft velvet. The texture adds to the comfort the Classic Blue brings to your space.

Experiment with colors that can bring relaxation to your space and vibrancy to your home in 2020. Classic Blue can help promote grounding thoughts in this new decade that allow you to feel more at peace in your home. Share your colorful common area or bright bedroom with us by using #MyAshleyHome on Instagram. If you are still in search of the space of your dreams, browse our Pinterest boards for more ways to use color.