Color of the Year season is ending on a timeless and hopeful note: Pantone has dubbed Classic Blue as the “it” tone for 2020.
Looking ahead to the new decade, the color authority acknowledges today’s hectic times call for a sense of calm. Classic Blue serves as the “solid and dependable hue we can always rely on,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Suggestive of the sky at dusk,” the shade is a timeless option that evokes a sense of peace and thoughtfulness. (Fun fact: In the brand’s 20 years of naming the Color of the Year, a blue-ish shade has been chosen six times.)
This year’s Pantone pick is a contrast from 2019’s spirited Living Coral and 2018’s vibrant Ultra Violet, but it’s safe to say blue is here to stay. The color has been dominating the design scene as of late (think: bold architectural details), and Sherwin Williams even recognized a cozy navy as its 2020 color selection.
Looking for ways to incorporate the relaxing shade into your home? Check out these rooms that feature similar shades to Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year.
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Designer Terri Pakravan combined bold patterns in a spectrum of blues to give the family room energy, including, an Indigo Lupe cotton dhurrie by Madeline Weinrib, and ikat-kilim drapery fabric by Duralee. Orange-trimmed pillows from Excentricities join a custom blue-and-white print by Christopher Farr Cloth on a sofa from ABC Carpet & Home. (Tour the home.)
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The office’s navy blue-lacquer paneling fabricated by KWI Custom Cabinetry and Roman Thomas armchairs in a Ralph Lauren Home fabric are brightened by vivid color, such as in the tomato red of the shades on Maxime Old 1940s gilt-bronze sconces from L’Art De Vivre in New York. A desk from Linda Horn in New York is paired with a custom ottoman and silk zebra-patterned Edward Fields rug. The side table is by Liz O’Brien in New York. (Tour the home.)
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The master bathroom boasts blue marble and a tub from Waterworks. Glass protects an antique hand-blocked panel from Gracie. (Tour the home.)
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As a departure, yet keeping with the same level of chic as the rest of the house, the designers instead chose blue as the star for the more formal living room and the husband’s library; the latter is a modern, Florida-inspired take on the lacquered library Albert Hadley designed for legendary philanthropist Brooke Astor. (Tour the home.)
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Architect Ken Brower’s dining room addition to what is now the guesthouse features a coffered ceiling stained to match Tischler und Sohn mahogany doors that overlook the pool and waterway. PierceMartin chairs by Palecek in palm tree-printed upholstery surround a Touchwood UK table from England beneath a Niermann Weeks chandelier. The batik-patterned drapery fabric is by Raoul Textiles, and the rug is from Jack Walsh Carpets & Rugs. (Tour the home.)
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Continuing the home’s recurring blue theme, the master bedroom walls are upholstered in Pierre Frey’s Antigua in Aqua. The custom rug is by Rosemary Hallgarten from ALT for Living. The bed, custom-designed by Fox-Nahem, is upholstered in Kerry Joyce Textiles’ Diamante fabric. French ceramic lamps by George Pelletier with custom shades flank the bed. (Tour the home.)