Calming, comfortable, and likable: No, we’re not talking about Libras (though, they do possess every single one of those traits); these words describe the effect the color blue can have on us. And it’s exactly why Pantone chose Classic Blue as its 2020 Color of the Year.
“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says in a press release. Further, Pantone’s chosen hue provides an “anchoring foundation,” Eiseman says, and “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.”
Pantone chooses its Color of the Year based on current cultural events and represents “what individuals feel they need that color can hope to answer,” the press release states.
This is far from the first time Pantone has chosen a shade of blue as its Color of the Year. In 2000, it was cerulean; in 2003, Aqua Sky; in 2005, Blue Turquoise; in 2008; Blue Iris; and in 2016, Serenity, alongside Rose Quartz.
Even Sherwin-Williams is on the same page with Pantone this year. In September, Sherwin-Williams announced its 2020 Color of the Year is the equally as calming and serene, Naval SW 6244, a rich navy hue.
While Classic Blue is an omnipresent shade found in everything from beauty to graphic design and packaging to the food and beverage industry, it’s how we choose to use the color in our homes that excites us. Will you make as bold a move as splashing your walls Classic Blue? Or would you rather start smaller, placing a few well-curated Classic Blue-hued pieces throughout your home? If the latter, we have just the items for you to consider first.
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