Color Highlight

Feeling blue? How to bring the year’s hottest hue into your home

Color authority Pantone has revealed its Color of the Year 2020 choice as Classic Blue – a mid-toned blue that's making waves throughout the interior design world. And it’s no wonder. Classic Blue is a timeless shade, a perfect middle-ground blue – not too dark, not too light. It’s a comforting and relaxing color that feels elegant in its simplicity. How can you incorporate this handsome hue into your home? Whether you’re looking to completely redo a room, or incorporate pops of this trending color into your existing kitchen, bedroom, or bath designs, here are some ideas to help inspire you.

Add Wow to Walls

Need to splash up those weary walls with a shot of color? Re-imagine those spaces with Sherwin-Williams’ new Naval hue (shown here on the dining room wall). “We’re on the same page as Pantone for 2020,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Deep blues like their Classic Blue and our own 2020 Color of the Year, Naval (SW 6244), are poised to carry us into the next decade. Relaxing, assuring shades of navy add a calm confidence to any space of the home, from living rooms to bedrooms and kitchens.”

Kitchens: beautiful in blue

The harmonious tone of Classic Blue complements a wide array of other colors – and can be a beautiful palette in the kitchen, says Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets. “(We've) seen blue kitchen accents making waves in our segment of the market with finishes like Maritime, Naval and Blueberry,” she says. “It’s optimistic and inviting and pairs naturally with shades of white, gray and trending wood tones. Classic Blue represents a new era that cements deep blues to be an important tool for designers and a confident choice for homeowners.”

relaxing surrounds

As we enter a new decade, this shade of blue “provides a calming anchor for people seeking comfort and stability in the spaces that surround us,” says Renee Hytry Derrington, global design lead at Formica Corporation. “Classic Blue is a bold, boundless hue that works in just about every commercial and residential space as a neutral or a feature color. Formica Laminate in Marine Blue (shown here as wall paneling) is a darker, sophisticated take on the classic blue that evokes deep feelings of relaxation.” Use it on walls or countertops.

Think Accent Colors

“Deep blue tones like Pantone’s Classic Blue are timeless colors that offer homeowners flexibility from a design perspective,” says Jackie Schneider, CID, vice president of marketing at Marvin. “Homeowners are interested in flexing their creativity by cultivating spaces that are thoughtfully designed to evoke certain feelings or emotions. Deep blues can be used as both beautiful, grounding accent colors or even as a dominant color in a room for a bolder statement, like theater rooms, living rooms or smaller powder rooms.”

What can you do with Classic Blue? Here are some design tips:

  • The beauty of a Classic Blue is in its name – it’s a “classic” that shouldn’t go out of style as quickly as other trendy shades. If you love it, go ahead and choose a sofa in this calming color.
  • Update the palette of a room by using Classic Blue as a great accent color. Sprinkle it into spaces through accessories such as rugs, toss pillows, throws, artwork, lamps and vases.
  • Powerful enough to be used as a standalone color, Classic Blue can also be a fabulous team player, paired with white, mauve, red, grey, blush, and more.
  • Paint a vanity or cabinet this deep blue, or even carry the paint color throughout your home.
  • No matter what the style (casual, regal, modern or transitional), consider using Classic Blue as a neutral or foundation color, similar to black or brown.