Pantone names Color of the Year for 2020

The Pantone Color Institute—the business unit within New Jersey-based color company Pantone that highlights the top seasonal runway colors—has announced its Color of the Year for 2020: Classic Blue, with the proprietary code 19-4052.

The color, the company said, instills “calm, confidence and connection” and “highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the “reassuring” qualities of the color bring “a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience. ... Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction.”

Several hospitality supply companies have already listed products in Classic Blue: Hastings Tile & Bath, a U.S. importer of the Danish brand Vola, has two finishes aligned with the color, along with 25 other options. 

Another blue option comes from bathroom and kitchen fittings manufacturer THG Paris. The company’s Beyond Crystal is the second bath series in collaboration with Baccarat. Designed by Remi Tessier, Beyond Crystal is a collection of bath fittings and accessories with translucent, rectangular crystal handles in Baccarat colors and is the first THG Paris series to incorporate an optional light-emitting-diode system. The series is available in Classic Blue, with or without the LED option.

Tile, stone and wood manufacturer Walker Zanger, meanwhile, is promoting its Magna Recycled Glass Slab in Ocean Blue, made of 100 percent recycled glass—specifically industrial glass and glass bottles. 

Images courtesy of Pantone, Hastings Tile & Bath, THG Paris and Walker Zanger