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2020 Pantone Color of the Year is ‘Classic Blue’

By: Sarah Wojcik | C&G Newspapers | Published January 6, 2020

METRO DETROIT — The Pantone Color Institute recently announced its 2020 Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue.

The bold, timeless tone supposedly instills a sense of calm, confidence and connection, and represents a desire for a dependable and stable foundation.

The Pantone Color Institute, a consulting service that forecasts global color trends for brand identity and product development, has designated a color of the year that it believes mirrors the culture and mood of the world since 1999.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. 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,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a prepared statement. “Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue proves an anchoring foundation.”

The Pantone Color Institute selected the hue as the world enters a new decade.

“A boundless blue evocative of the cast 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,” Eiseman said in a prepared statement.

Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging in Bloomfield Hills, said the serene shade of blue adds richness to a living space and would work well on an accent wall, especially in a bedroom.

“It would also be a really cool color in a lacquered finish in a paneled library. It would be really striking that way, with the sheen, painted on top of wood. It would add a rich, modern feel to the room,” Conroy said.

She said the color would also work well in artwork, a shag rug, throw pillows or a velvet sofa, as well as in a lake house for a nautical feel.

“I think it’s almost a neutral, where it can be mixed and matched with a lot of different colors, like yellows and oranges,” Conroy said. “It can be used more in kitchen cabinetry or bathroom cabinetry and looks really good against a light backdrop. I think we’re going to see it a lot more in kitchen design.”

As for interior home trends in 2020, Conroy said more bold colors will be prevalent, including wallpaper with large floral patterns and dark, moody colors.

“We’re going to continue to see a lot of texture on walls, shaggy carpeting, and a lot more indoor gardens and greenery,” she said. “Greenery in a room is going to be a trend coming up that you’ll see a lot more. Not just a tree in the corner, but a collage of different types of greenery in a room.”

Conroy said mixed metals, such as copper, gold and silver, will continue to be popular in the transition to a new decade.

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