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In the world of interior design, there’s no tradition quite like the announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year. For those who are always looking to keep their décor up with the latest trends, the official selection from the Pantone Color Institute is often considered the definitive shade to utilize. If you’re a fan of traditional palettes, you’ll be pleased to hear that this year’s color is Classic Blue.

About the Color
In explaining how the decision is made and what it signifies, the Institute notes that the color of the year “highlights the relationship between trends in color and what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.” By introducing Classic Blue into your home, which is described as reminiscent of the sky at dusk, they believe you’ll find a “reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence, and connection.” Sure, it may sound a bit gimmicky, though it’s worth mentioning that the institute is an authoritative voice working with global brands to leverage the psychology and emotion of color in their design strategies.

With its timeless appeal, the decision to ring in the new decade with Classic Blue is certainly a stark contrast from last year’s eye-catching shade of Living Coral. It is perhaps just the enduring tone that many of us would welcome into our residence in a time that seems to be marked by change and uncertainty.

How to Incorporate It
As the word “classic” would imply, this color is really more of a longtime staple than a trend and you won’t have to worry about it going out of style any time soon. This means you can totally feel good about using it to paint an accent wall (or a whole room!) and be confident that it’s going to look current year after year. It’s also an elegant choice for window treatments, throw pillows or area rugs, if you’re looking to balance out a room with an elegant shade. Pantone even collaborated with The Inside, an online home furnishings brand, to create a rich, velvety fabric that you can use to make Classic Blue a tactile experience in your living space.