Decorating with Pantone's Color of the Year: Classic Blue

We’re back! 

We hope you’ve had enough time to rest and recover from the holiday buzz. We, for one, are glad the whirlwind of parties and dinners is over, but are seriously dreading the cleanup…

(We wish we were exaggerating…)

Before we all start sweeping everything under the carpet and piling things back up in the back of our closets, we’ve got to address the elephant in the room.

Ever since we clocked out for the holidays, Pantone released their latest color of the year: Classic Blue.

For nearly twenty years the color mogul has chosen a color to encapsulate the global attitudes, cultures, and trends that have made waves in the design and fashion worlds. Relying heavily on research and psychology, the process initially began as a means to boil down everything that happened in a given year and to capture its very essence.

This year’s color is described as confident, dependable, and foundational. It simultaneously evokes the endless evening sky, which reminds us of our place in the universe, while also grounding and centering us in the here and now. Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, asserts that Classic Blue “encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking [and] challenges us to think more deeply”.

A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

Classic Blue is catching on fast this winter and early spring season. Already there’s no shortage of inspiration causing a stir on social media and it’s not hard to see why. 

The short and the long of it is that Classic Blue plays well with just about every color and design style.

There’s a world of possibilities when it comes to styling this versatile neutral blue and we can’t wait to show you how American Art Decor’s team has embraced this new color trend.

1. Mix opposite styles to build up the drama

You know they say opposites attract, and season after season we see it trending again and again. 

This winter, we’re seeing lots of opposites coming together to form new design styles, as well as a resurgence of what we like to call “Masculine Luxe”.

The lovechild of several classic design styles, Masculine Luxe mixes hints of opulence such as rich jewel and metallic tones with sensible and often utilitarian pieces and moody atmospheres. 

The resulting hybrid style is decadent, effortless, and truly chic. It combines the perfect amount of femininity with minimalist and architectural touches in the form of silhouettes and overall principals. Its varied inspirations and luxurious aesthetic make it ideal for the long haul and perfect for future updates. 

Because we think this style is here to stay, we suggest keeping it in mind when trying to work Classic Blue into your home. Pair dark blue furniture, art, and textiles with high-shine metallic accents to make your space feel grand and even palatial. 

2. Make a bold statement

If you find yourself trapped in a sea of beige, grey, and white, mix things up with a splash of serene, Classic Blue.

Classic Blue is perfect for making a statement. 

It’s loud, yet understated, vast, yet equally centering. As the name would suggest it’s a classic color, meaning it won’t go out of style easily.

To breathe new life into even your most boring rooms, consider adding a blue focal point of some sort. We love the look of a blue velvet or suede couch surrounded by touches of natural wood and gold tones. 

3. Use Classic Blue as a recurring motif

This year’s color is surprisingly versatile and pairs well with a staggering number of hues.

A quick glance through Pantone’s Fashion Color Trend Report reveals a variety of vivid tones that we think you should start to see popping up in stores as early as this month. 

You can work in Classic Blue with these new decor additions by repeatedly using blue as a motif or theme within your spaces as we’ve done above. 

We are loving the contrast between pastel pink and deep blue.  A playful yet strikingly current visual throwback to the 2016 colors of the year, Serenity and Rose Quartz, this bedroom exudes a dreamy yet worldly atmosphere that’s perfect to come home to after a long day of work for some relaxation and self-care. 

4. Swap out textiles for an easy refresh

If you don’t have the time to turn your home upside down for a paint job, or if you just don’t want to bother, try swapping out last year’s textiles for new, more blue, ones. 

Maximalism is in, so the bigger, bolder, and more borderline garrish your space is, the more appropriately on-trend you’ll be! Here, we’ve paired a Persian-inspired rug with brick and velvet textures to make the most of the few pieces we have in this space. 

Which leads us to our final tip:

5. Play with extravagant patterns and textures

Be loud.

Be bold.

Think in textures and complementary colors, layer decor pieces and play with the things that you own and those that you bring in. Mix prints strategically, and use color effectively to create a space that’s eccentric but homey. 

Have all the fun you can stand in one room and do it quickly because you never know when this delicious trend will run its course and lead back to its opposite, minimalism.

There’s a way to work Classic Blue into just about any room and a way to do it to suit everyone’s design style. 

You’re bound to see this color pop up, again and again, this year as companies and designers embrace this serene hue and, with so much of it soon to be going around, why not give it a try? 

Even if blue isn’t a color you normally gravitate towards, there’s evidence to suggest that blue can improve your mood and productivity when used effectively. With that in mind, we can’t help but think that this is a particular trend worth jumping on board for.


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