Color of the Year 2020: PANTONE Classic Blue

13 Jan, 2020

On December 4, 2019, Pantone, the authoritative color agency, announced the 2020 representative color –  PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue  and officially interpreted it as:

"Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era."

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“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 evocation 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

In order to keep up with the trend of the times, we sorted out Four Golden Matching Rules for Classic Blue for you.

  01 Similar Color  

Using similar colors is the easiest matching way that can hardly lead to a mistake. With different blues in walls, cabinets, murals, chairs, etc. , it attributes to an increasing sense of space.

Design by Encarni Fernandez Calero, Casa estilo costero

Less is more. Sometimes, compared with some colorful contrasting colors, similar colors seem simple but more elegant and temperament, giving a sense of quality.

  02 Adjacent Color  

Adjacent colors are often fused with each other. Although these colors differ in hue, they are visually closer. In the color wheel, all colors within the range of 60 degrees belong to the range of adjacent colors.

  • Blue + Green: The classic cool color matching in the home. It represents nature, elegance, and romance.


    Design by Li Shi

  • Blue + Purple: Mysterious with maturity, but pay attention to the proportion of color. When the proportion of blue occupies more than 75% of the space, the tone of the space will follow the blue, which makes the space looks calmer and deeper. With more purple and less blue, however, the space looks more enchanting and mysterious.


    Design by Jimei Soft 

  03 Contrast/ComplementaryColor  

  • Complementary color: refers to the color with an angle of 180 ° on the hue ring, such as the three most common sets of complementary colors: red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple.

  • Contrast color: not as strict as complementary colors, refers to the color on the hue ring between 120 ° -180 °. In theory, complementary color should also be included in the contrast color. For example, pink and green are contrasting colors.

  • Blue + Yellow (complementary color): With a large area of blue as the background, embellished with yellow key visual decorations, the main body of the basic color is more accentuated by the blue and yellow accent. The collision of cold and warm, both mysterious and dynamic, highlights the personality and the temperament of the home.



Design by Encarni Fernandez Caler, Recepcion hotel, aseosy cafeteria

  • Blue + Orange (complementary colors): Blue contrasts strongly with orange. When the noble blue meets with orange of mature flavor and vitality, it is as pleasant as the sky after the rain.


    Design by Youzhuang Meida Heyin Design

  • Blue + pink (contrast colors): warmer colors, matched with cool blues, gentle and romantic, sweet but not greasy.


Design by Adelina

  • Blue + Brown (contrast colors): The combination of the two gives a particularly retro feel, neutralizing the dullness.

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Design by SvetlySveva, casetta mediterranea,

  04 Classic Color  

Classic colors, black, white, and gray, just like a canvas, not only stand on their own but also carry other colors.

With blue of its quietness and classic colors of their conciseness, the space looks neater and more flexible, increasing a sense of home and warmness.


Design by Kylie Smiley, hotel master suite


Design by CynCyn Emerling, Let the sunshine in!,


Design by Mariia Klaus, Modern apartment,

With above tips in mind, you could easily apply the similar, adjacent, contrast and classic color rule to match this Phantone Color 2020 – Classic Bule!  So why not start designing using these color matching skills?