Pantone Color of the Year 2020 – Classic Blue

Pantone recently introduced their 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue. If you aren’t familiar with Pantone’s annual announcement, the Color of the Year a recurring pick from Pantone’s color experts that influences the gamut of design industries from fashion to interior design. This year’s blue hue was selected based on a careful analysis of trends across entertainment, art, travel, technology, and beyond.

We think the 2020 pick is spot on as far as the design industry goes. We’ve been seeing a resurgence in the popularity of navy and blue cabinets paired with whites, greys, and metallic accents.

Palette Pairings

The Pantone Color Institute also picks some palette options to go along with their annual color selection. The color palettes range from conservative “Ponder” to the aptly named “Untraditional” featuring plenty of sparkle.

Bringing Blue to your Tile Design

Looking for inspiration on how to incorporate Color of the Year Classic Blue into your designs? Here are a few blue looks to get your creativity pumping!

Calming and bold blues blend together in this kitchen design by Case Design. The Jazz Glass Trumpet mosaic above the range serves as an eye-catching feature area, breaking up the light blue backsplash with a pop of contrast.

Intricate mosaics like this white and grey leaf design benefit from a grounding solid color like Classic Blue. Use navy subway tiles to add visual weight to a space.

Duquesa cement tile

Cement tiles are another top interior design trend for 2020. Many come in a variety of customizable colors, so if you spot a patter you like (like this Duquesa style) ask if it comes in classic blue!


Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design. Visit one of our DC, MD, or VA tile showrooms for a free tile design consultation.

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