Pantone Colour of the Year: Classic Blue
In: Home Trends

The colour experts at Pantone have proclaimed that Classic Blue – which seems to live somewhere between navy and royal blue – is 2020’s Colour of the Year:

“Suggestive of the sky at dusk….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.”

In other words, this blue is easy to love. It’s that trusted companion who you can rely on for their loyalty, practicality, and sense of composure. Deeply good natured, it plays nicely with so many other colours that it’s difficult not to invite it into your home.

Without a doubt, blue is besties with white, where the two take on different characters. They can be classically beautiful and elegant; whimsical; or get beachy and nautical together. But this blue hue also works well with neutrals (grey, beige, saddle, blush) and brights (orange, gold, violet, fushia, green).

Classic Blue, we see you for what you are, and we really like what we see! Here’s a roundup of our 10 picks on how to incorporate Pantone’s Classic Blue into your home.


1. Plenty of Paint

Classic Blue painted living room
Source: Studio McGee

Wall-to-wall blue. You’re going all-in with this glorious colour, which is outstanding on the walls of absolutely any room in the house. And particularly on painted wainscotting. Can you imagine this feel-good hue surrounding you in your bedroom?

Classic Blue painted media room
Mark Cunningham Design via Architectural Digest

2. Breathtaking Blue Wallpaper

Classic Blue wallpaper in bedroom
Source: Watercolor Workshop on Etsy

Far from being shy, a bold blue wallpaper can really transform a room. For more wow power, choose a smaller space such as a half-bathroom, and pick a high-impact blue pattern. If you’re unsure about living with patterned wallpaper long term, choose a removable one. We like Chasing Paper, Hygge & West, and Tempaper to name just a few.

Classic Blue wallpaper
Source: The Zhush

3. Kitchen Commitment

Classic Blue kitchen
Source: Jenn Feldman Design

We’ve already been enjoying deep blue in our kitchens for some time, but this is about embracing Classic Blue on all your cabinetry (uppers and lowers), and possibly including a blue backsplash too.

Classic Blue kitchen
Source: McMahon and Nerlich Architecture & Design

4. Blue Tile Potential

Classic Blue tile backspash in kitchen
Source: Carla Aston

The options are unlimited here, there are so many beautiful blue tiles to choose from in different sizes, shapes, solid colours and patterns.

Classic Blue patterned tile in bathroom
Source: Ali Budd Interiors

Imagine a Classic Blue large hexagon-tiled floor in your laundry room, or a Morroccan-inspired mosaic in the master bathroom. Go small by tiling only the shower niche in blue, or go big by tiling the entire kitchen backsplash.

5. Comforting Bedding

Classic Blue bedroom walls and bedding
Source: John Lewis Home UK

Deep blue bedding is an obvious choice because of its restful quality. Cocooning in this colour in your bedroom would make you feel so tranquil, protected, and cozy!

Classic Blue and white bedding
Source: Serena & Lily

Combining Classic Blue with white delivers a different vibe that’s more fresh and crisp. It’s a beloved combination that will stick around for years to come.

6. Blue Velvet

Classic Blue velvet sofa
Source: Paidge Sofa by West Elm

Give your living space a dramatic refresh by incorporating a punch of luscious blue velvet in a statement piece of furniture. Classic Blue looks gorgeous as a velvet sofa, armchair, accent cushions, or floor-to-ceiling curtains.

Classic blue velvet chair
Source: Style Me Pretty

7. Blue Beneath Furniture

Classic Blue rug by Johanna Gaines
Source: Kennedy rug by Magnolia Home

Persian-style or distressed rugs can look surprisingly rich in Classic Blue, and truly anchor the room.

classic blue rug in nursery
Source: Ali Budd Interiors

8. Blue Print

Classic Blue in living room accents
Source: Inspired Design House on Pinterest

When the overall colour palette for a home is monochromatic, it’s easy to inject a little—or a lot of blue. Swapping out your throw pillows is one of the easiest ways to change up your space. Try a mix of blue prints and solid blue textures. Then add small decor items like blue and white porcelain, a thick throw blanket, and high-impact blue artwork.

Classic blue print accent chair
Source: Barclay Butara Interiors

9. Paint a Piece

classic Blue painted furniture
Source: MegMade via Emily Henderson

Breathe new life into a tired or unloved piece of furniture. A worn-out wood sideboard, desk, or dresser would be completely transformed in this hue of blue. We found plenty of examples of this on Pinterest, above is one of our favourites by MegMade.

Classic Blue pianted bookcase
Source: House & Garden Magazine UK

Highlighting bookcases and other millwork with Classic Blue paint makes a stunning focal point in a room too.

10. Violets Are Blue…

Source: Hydrangeas from Oregon Coastal Flowers

Since this blue is inspired by the natural world, it makes perfect sense to take it outside. Try a mass planting of deep blue flowers or choose a bush with large globes of colour (think: hydrangea).

Classic Blue front door
Source: Jamie Keskin Design

Classic Blue on a house with white trim is, well, classic. It’s a timeless, elegant colour combination. Does your front door need a colour update? A deep blue door would be very welcoming.

If you’re looking for further inspiration on incorporating Classic Blue into your existing colour scheme, Pantone has created this very handy guide of four colour palettes that range from soft to snappy. Or you can always contact NOVERO’s design team for help!