Five ways to add Classic Blue to home interiors

by Jen Ruple

Pantone, provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions, recently announced PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue, as the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2020.
“Classic Blue is a timeless color and has been used in interiors to create calm, peaceful environments,” said Sylvania Interior Designer Carolyn Beyersdorf of Decorating Den Interiors. “Its various shades are found in nature and complement most color combinations whether they be traditional, transitional, contemporary or eclectic.”

Last fall, Beyersdorf attended the High Point Market in North Carolina where Classic Blue was a highlight of the show. “At the market, we can see the latest trends in color, furniture, lighting, floor covering, fabrics and accessories,” she explained. “This enables us to share with our clients what is happening now and what is on the horizon in the near future.”
Here are Beyersdorf’s top five ideas for incorporating Classic Blue into any home décor.

  • • Make a design statement by using it as an accent color for a kitchen island when all the other cabinets are white.
  • • Highlight a fireplace wall with Classic Blue or use it to create a focal point if one does not exist.
  • • Use the color on an accent piece of furniture such as a parsons table or small-scale credenza below a striking piece of artwork.
  • • Hang Classic Blue window treatments to add drama to a space.
  • • Cover accent chairs with large-scale, patterned fabric in Classic Blue and coordinate them with a neutral colored seating arrangement. To tie the room together, add various patterned pillows or accessories.

According to Pantone, Classic Blue is easily applied across many different materials, textures and finishes and is a dependable blue that can take design in different directions expressing tradition and elegance as well as unexpected boldness. “Blue moves you and is a very satisfying color used in interiors,” Beyersdorf commented.
Carolyn Beyersdorf, IIDA is available to speak to organizations at no charge regarding the Fall 2019 High Point Market trends or other topics. Contact her at

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