Color Trends for 2020: Making Room for Classic Blue

The Pantone gods have spoken, and the official color of the year is Classic Blue. We’ve been keeping an eye on color trends, and we aren’t surprised to see this rich blue making headlines in 2020.

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The Pantone gods have spoken, and the official color of the year is Classic Blue. We’ve been keeping an eye on color trends, and we aren’t surprised to see this rich blue making headlines in 2020. In fact, darker colors seem to be gaining popularity, adding boldness and vibrance to the previous white and gray trends that took hold in the late 20teens. 


To help us navigate their chosen Classic Blue, Pantone has provided a color guide that offers suggested palettes to get the creative juices flowing. The Ponder and Desert Twilight palettes offer a slightly more conservative and neutral approach to accenting Pantone’s bold blue, while Snorkel, Exotic Tastes, and Untraditional bring in punchy neons and rich jewel tones for those feeling slightly more adventurous.


Out With the Old, in with the Blue


At Smart Furniture, we believe you should furnish and decorate your home in whatever way feels right — but we definitely love exploring new trends and helping our clients stay ahead of the curve when it comes to design. If you’re a little apprehensive about going full tilt with a monochromatic, all-blue room (a concept we love, by the way!), we understand. Here are a few suggestions for taking a more measured approach to bringing in Classic Blue and other complementary shades from Pantone’s suggested palettes.


  • Try some paint. If you want to paint a room or wall, by all means — go for it! But if you’re looking for something a little less risky, consider painting your front door, shutters, or a kitchen island (we’re big fans of this one by Golden Gate kitchens). 


  • Update your sofa or add an accent chair. We have so many options that could help you tap into these 2020 color trends. But we’re particularly intrigued by the complementary colors in Pantone’s recommended palettes when it comes to sofas and chairs. Consider the Margot Sofa by Gus in Velvet Spruce or the bright orange version of the Muse Sofa by Younger to channel Bayberry and Mango from the Exotic Tastes palette. 




Or, if you’re more inspired by the vibrance of hues like Lime Punch in Pantone’s Snorkel palette, consider the Knoll Lounge Chair in Chartreuse Classic Boucle.



  • Update your headboard. It’s amazing what a pop of color from a headboard can do to add an immediate and noticeable change to your bedroom design. If you’re more inclined to keep walls in lighter, whiter shades, the Newport Queen Headboard by Trade Winds is an excellent option for pulling in more blue, and provides an great backdrop for accent pillows in complementary shades for a fun, eclectic vibe.




The Maebre Clover Mirror in navy brings in Classic Blue to neutral walls.

These pieces and so many more can help you realize your 2020 Pantone dreams. Shop our collections or request free design assistance from one of our Furniture Geniuses.


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