How To Decorate With Pantone’s 2020 Colour Of The Year

decorate with pantone's 2020 colours

Pantone’s Colour of the Year predicts what’s coming next in design. The shade for 2020 is Classic Blue, which is similar to many colours found in nature: the sky at dusk or a lake when the sun shines on it. The colour is both organic and contemporary. We’re huge fans and we have some ideas for how to incorporate it into your decor!

Use It In Area Rugs And Cushions

decorate with pantone's 2020 colours

Classic Blue has the benefit of being neutral enough to go with most shades yet vibrant enough to stand out in a room. Use it in area rugs or cushions, where its richness will match well with couches in taupes, grays, browns, or soft pinks. When it comes to choosing textures, anything goes: velvet is still hot for 2020, and shag cushions and rugs are a favourite of ours.

Use It In Bedding

decorate with pantone's 2020 colours

Blue is a colour associated with calm and relaxation, so it’s no wonder we suggest using Classic Blue in the bedroom! The key is to let your individuality shine through in the pattern of your bedding. Florals are playful while subtle patterns have a more grown-up vibe. Whatever you choose, when you decorate with Classic Blue you will feel the calming benefits of this shade!

Upcycle Your Furniture

decorate with pantone's 2020 colours

Save money and get creative with a DIY project! Repainting old furniture is a great way to upgrade your decor without breaking the bank. Dining room or coffee tables would suit Classic Blue, as would credenzas or sideboards. The key to a successful repaint is sanding beforehand. Consult with your local hardware store on the best paint for your wood type, and consider using a coat of gripper to ensure the paint bonds. Read this handy guide for beginners here.

Use It In Window Treatments

decorate with pantone's 2020 colours

Another way to accent your space with Classic Blue is through window treatments. Try floor-to-ceiling drapes that add height and elegance to a room. Venetian blinds or floaty, sheer curtains are also an option.

Consider A New Sofa

decorate with pantone's 2020 colours

If you are looking to invest in a statement piece, a sofa in Classic Blue is a great choice. The colour stands out but isn’t so vibrant it can’t be incorporated into most spaces. Currently, sofas in the mid-century modern style are very in vogue, as well as sleek, clean shapes. Or go retro with a boucle texture! Whatever you choose, shades of blue ground a piece in a room while providing rich colour.

Match It With Other Shades

decorate with pantone's 2020 colours

When it comes to pairing colours with Classic Blue, you want to think of colours on the opposite end of the colour wheel. Goldenrod and soft corals add warmth and an eclectic touch. If you want to stick to a more minimal colour palette, grays and taupes are a great match.
Pantone’s Colour of the Year Classic Blue is contemporary yet familiar enough to go with many shades that are already in your home! Consider this blog a jumping off point to get your creative juices flowing. Whether you use Classic Blue in something small like a cushion or a larger item like a sofa, its richness is sure to upgrade your space! Remember to follow along on the Medallion Blog for more decor tips.