How to decorate your apartment with the Pantone Color of the Year, Classic Blue

January 6, 2020

Image courtesy of Pantone

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute graphics company has chosen a Color of the Year, and the 2020 hue is PANTONE 19-4052 TCX, otherwise known as “Classic Blue.” The blue hue is indeed a classic–a primary color that’s simple, bright, and doesn’t pull any punches. It calls to mind blueberries, nautical motifs, and, yes, Facebook. Below are some ideas for putting a pop of this cheery color in your space and your life, from apartment-friendly sofas and chairs to necessary accessories like a self-cleaning water bottle.

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The easiest way to add color to your home is to literally paint it on. Bring a dose of color to a room detail, an accent wall, or, as is the very current style, an entire room. Benjamin Moore’s “Blueberry Hill,” and Farrow & Ball’s “Ultra Marine Blue” No. W29 (also pictured in the room shown above) are close kin to the Pantone shade.

Harper 2pc Sectional Sofa This sectional sofa is a statement in blue, with enough room for the whole menagerie to sprawl on.

Harper 2pc Sectional Sofa, $2,598 at Apt2B

This water bottle won’t get stinky; UV-C LED technology purifies water and cleans the inner surfaces of the bottle by eliminating odor-causing bacteria and viruses.

LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle and Water Purification System, $95 at Amazon

Image courtesy of LARQ

Designed by Clara von Zweigbergk for HAY, Kaleido Trays come in tons of cool shapes and sizes, perfect for fitting together to create functional and decorative constellations.

Kaleido Trays, from $28 (from $74 for a set), HAY

Image courtesy of Hay

Loren Club Chair Mercer41 Upholstery: Navy This on-trend velvet club chair has all the right curves.

Loren club chair, $239.99 at Wayfair

Jani Armchair Upholstery Color: Navy, Leg Color: Chrome This Euro-modern armchair in chrome or gold adds a luxe touch to your living room.

Jani Armchair in Navy, $382.56 at Joss & Main

Artisan Series Tilt-Back Head Stand Mixer, Blue Willow If your new year’s resolution has to do with doing more baking, you’ll need this stand mixer.

Kitchen Aid Artisan Series tilt-back head stand mixer in Blue Willow, $379.99 from Houzz

Good news for the bath–or the beach.

JBL GO2 waterproof ultra portable bluetooth speakers, $39.95 at Amazon

Grecian l Blue Retro Table Light by Drew Barrymore Flower Home This cool lamp is the Yves Klein blue mod find you’ve been looking for.

Retro table light in Grecian Blue by Drew Barrymore Flower Home, $49 at Hayneedle

As classic as it gets, Le Creuset brings Le Cordon Bleu to your cuisine.

Le Creuset 16-piece cookware set in indigo, $799.95 at Amazon

Nostalgie Series 40 Inch ILVE Dual Fuel Convection Freestanding Range, 2020 might just be the year of the statement range. This gorgeous ILVE dual fuel cooker could anchor a colorful kitchen without even trying, and the brand is a classic.

Nostalgie Series 40-inch ILVE dual fuel freestanding convection range in blue, $4,399 from Houzz.

Want to match your apartment? Candy-colored locks can be seen almost everywhere, depending on how deep you want to dive into color. Mix with shampoo or conditioner for just a hint.

Manic Panic semi-permanent hair color cream in Bad Boy Blue, $8.27 at Amazon



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