Last year, Pantone livened things up with its 2019 color of the year, Living Coral. This year, they've decided to take things to a more mellow space by introducing Classic Blue as the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year.
Even with its naturally calming influence, this powerful blue can provide a pop of color or serve as a design inspiration to give your home a unique flair. Check out a few ways Classic Blue can help you change up the decor in your apartment in the new year.
1. Create a feature wall
According to Country Living, blue is one of the most versatile decorating hues," so if you're able to pop a little paint on the wall of your apartment, consider Classic Blue. Although a cool color, covering one wall in this particular shade of blue can create an impact as a feature wall.
This can help draw the eye to a central focal point in the room and is especially useful in a larger space. For smaller rooms where you want to add a touch of blue, it's best to paint the whole room.
2. Stick on wallpaper in a classic pattern
Blue never disappoints when it's part of a patterned piece of wallpaper, and with options today that easily peel off, you don't have to worry about restrictions in your lease. Some of the most popular styles of wallpaper today include:
- Geometric patterns
- Styles that imitate a texture
- Batik designs
- Classic stripes
- Floral patterns
- Modern chevron styles
Most of these have a version or two in Classic Blue. They're easy to find online or even at your local hardware store.
3. Use a soothing palette in your bathroom
Classic Blue is a great color for bathrooms. Blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly," says Kendra Cherry from VeryWell Mind.
These are the exact feelings you want to have while unwinding after a long day in the tub or slowly waking up with a morning shower. Add blue through some fluffy bath towels and a large bath mat. Not only will the soft linens have you feeling cozy, but the color will keep things chill.
4. Add a striped rug
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According to One Kings Lane, blue and white stripes are, both versatile enough for casual living as well as for stylish entertaining." It's a perfect piece for any situation.
A striped rug will also add some contrast if most of your living room furniture is a solid, lighter-toned color.
5. Take some blue outdoors
Because Classic Blue has a natural and organic feel, it's a perfect color to incorporate outside. Bring in some blue with the cushions on your balcony furniture or add a coat of paint to a small, wooden table.
This lets you introduce some color that blends well with nature and keeps things feeling fresh.
6. Mix in a little blue
Blue is a great complementary color to wood and brick. If you have any of this exposed in your apartment, you can create a cool, edgy, and industrial" look by working in some blue decor, according to Sienna Livermore from House Beautiful.
The combination can also add contrast and create a more dynamic space.
7. Pop some color onto a cabinet
If you have a piece of furniture that could use some livening up, consider adding in a little blue. For cabinets, paint only the doors. For an old, freestanding shelving unit, just paint the back panel.
You can use a gradient of blues for an even more unique piece or add in some shades of complementary colors like red, yellow or orange.
8. Incorporate a statement piece
You don't have to use furniture to make a statement. Blue can pop in other ways, as well. A blue cast iron stock pot stands out while it simmers on the stove. It also looks great on a hot pad on the table as you spoon out bowls of chili or stew.
You can achieve the same effect with a big, blue serving platter or shallow bowl to deliver a finished meal to the table.
9. Put out some plants
Blue really is a versatile color and looks great among lush green leaves and delicate flowers. Putting plants in blue pots merges together two powerful colors in nature for an organic connection that's very complimentary.
10. Quilt it
You may not automatically think of it, but the one Classic Blue item most people already have in their homes is jeans. As these wear and tear, most people toss or donate them, but they can serve another purpose. Put some blue into your decor and recycle your old denim by making a quilt.
Whether as a comforter for your bed or a throw for the couch you can do a little repurposing and get a great piece of Classic Blue decor for your home.
It's a classic, so you can't go wrong
As a timeless shade, Classic Blue is a simple and soothing color. Its versatility makes it a great choice for decorating. Suggestive of the sky at duskClassic Blue highlight[s] our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era," says Pantone.
This makes it a perfect color to bring a little tranquility to your home. Whether used boldly or in a more subtle way, it's all about being calm and cool in 2020.