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January 16, 2020

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is Here!

The Pantone Color Institute has announced the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020: Classic Blue! The timeless, dependable blue hue PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue offers a sense of peace and tranquility.

Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 – Classic Blue

The vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, Laurie Pressman, says it’s a color that anticipates what’s going to happen next. As we embark on a new decade, the Institute recognized feelings of instability amongst us all today. It chose a shade that offers reassurance, confidence and connection during an uncertain time.

The official Classic Blue scent is a contemplation of where sky and sea meet, the taste is flowering vines, the touch is a soft, velvety texture and the sound is vivid nostalgia. Another interpretation of Classic Blue is an earthy, floral musk; a blue raspberry syrup; the feel of a new, plush couch and underwater, ethereal sound.

“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. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. 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.”

— Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

This calming, familiar hue welcomes a new decade and there’s rumors that it might hint at the return of traditional decorating. During a time where there’s a lot of unrest, blue offers dependability. It’s a color you can rely on. Classic Blue has popped up in many diverse fields, from the beauty industry to automotive to tech. Pantone’s insights are aligning well with interior design’s return to traditional decorating styles as well. Eiseman predicts a resurgence of lustrous blue taffetas and velvets, but says they’ll find some new twist, especially in their fabrication.

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