Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 - A Classic

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2020 is - drumroll please - Classic Blue. 


We always enjoy hearing about the Pantone Color of the Year. Partially, because we get a kick out of the company's description of the color and the ensuing discussions about the choice. 


According to Pantone, Classic Blue is a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. "It's a color that anticipates what's going to happen next," says the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. "What's the future going to bring as we move into the evening hours?"

The Institute says that's important right now because of global uncertainty. And this lovely blue shade is supposed to offer reassurance, confidence, and a sense of connection. Well, at least it sounds good. 


Coincidentally, or not, the last time we entered a new era, Y2K, Pantone also chose a blue hue - Cerulean. The color was chosen to mark the excitement, but also offer a calming visual amid the anxieties preceding the transition from 1999 to 2000. 



Critics and social analysts suggest the color choice is political and conjures up the shade of the democratic party. Not so, says Pantone, insisting the color has little to do with politics. 


As REALTORS in Clark County, WA, we think more about color as it is used in home design and decor. The bottom line, is it a color that withstands the test of time? Should it be used in small doses, or is it a color that works well on a large scale? 


While decor is subjective, we would use the color in small doses in a home listed for sale. However, according to some designers, Classic Blue is, well, a classic. Interior designer, Erica Islas with Lamps Plus, says they've been using the color for years and will continue to use it in years to come.  Liberally too. 


Your thoughts on Pantone's choice for Color of the Year? 




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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sharon Lee I'm with you, I prefer the lighter blue too...although, as you know, shades of green are my favorite colors - with teal right at the top. Although, I would only use it as accents too. 

Dec 11, 2019 07:33 AM #29
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like that choice since my favorite color is blue!  I could certainly get used to seeing more blue.

Dec 11, 2019 10:19 AM #30
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I always write about the choices for Color of the Year as well...this one provides a nice accent to the gray of today.

Dec 14, 2019 01:53 PM #31
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                       what i learned

                                          Thank you Debb and Bernie

Dec 14, 2019 06:36 PM #32
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Good morning Debb, It's a great happy color, possibly a bit dark for all over color, but an accent wall or borders, I see it.  Makes me crazy that people have to bring politics into color.  Really?

Dec 15, 2019 04:49 AM #33
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

When color is used properly it can add appeal. 

Dec 15, 2019 05:35 AM #34
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I like that shade of blue.  I use it a lot in my bedroom!  A house across the street recently painted a shade of blue similar to it, with crisp white trim and shutters.  It looks great.

Dec 15, 2019 06:30 AM #35
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kathy Streib thanks again for the inclusion into Sunday's selection of posts.  I have seen it in a dining room before and it was really beautiful. 

Dec 15, 2019 07:38 AM #36
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - you are very astute. The shades in Nature, any natural shade you find in the outdoors is always exquisite.


Hi Michael Jacobs I do remember that from the movie. Thanks for the reminder too. And yes, color can impact our emotions for sure. This year, we repainted most of our interior from a greige and the change has lightened up rooms - and moods. ;) 

Dec 15, 2019 07:41 AM #37
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Brian England I am happy this is your color year! Soak it in. D 

Dec 15, 2019 07:42 AM #38
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson - Roy reblogged your post, and I'm making my way over to your original soon. :)  I do remember that we both do the color of the year posts. 

Dec 15, 2019 07:43 AM #39
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Cindy Edwards First of all, so nice to see your face in the Rain. We've misssed seeing it. Thanks for the visit and comment, and I'm with you, so stupid to circle everything back to politics. Ugh.

Dec 15, 2019 07:44 AM #40
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Good Morning Debb and Bernie - Happy Sunday! Interesting take on the 'color' of the year being blue now and back in the old Y2 days!  I thought that was such a farce....and yet so many people bought into the freenzy. Some even bought 2 years of food.  I never did ask them what they did with all that stuff in big containers!! Same goes for now too! 

Isn't it fun to see colors for design and pleasure of homes.....and nature and appreciate them all. Ahhhh! Yes. I learned from my Mom at a very early age how important color is in design. She let me 'play' designer and boy I created some dozies! She always said - nothing a new color can't fix! So true!

Dec 15, 2019 10:07 AM #41
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Its always fun to see the color of the year announce by Pantone. I'm seeing more blue in accessories of homes..its calming not sure I'd like too much of it. 

Dec 15, 2019 10:56 AM #42
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debb and Bernie:

Well blue is my favorite color so I am a bit biased. The whole thing about trending colors and what's popular and why is fascinating!


Dec 15, 2019 10:28 PM #43
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Love the color but, not in my home, Debb! The Pantone Classic Blue is a bit too bold in a home - especially for home sellers. The Cerulean Blue is far more appealing to me in a home but, don't think I will be using either!

I loved last year's color but, also, not in a home. It's crazy because those colors are for painting and most painting is done IN A HOME! LOL

Dec 15, 2019 11:05 PM #44
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Hmm somehow classic blue seems too classic to be the trendy color of the year.

Dec 15, 2019 11:56 PM #45
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I painted my master bedroom a similar dark blue...Endless Sea by Sherwin Williams. I LOVE it. Trimmed with white and with white bedding. Gorgeous!

Dec 16, 2019 01:21 PM #46
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I really enjoyed your post, but I am not a fan of the color. It's everywhere, it's overused, and it sparks no imagination in me. I am so tired of it. Just my two cents.

Dec 16, 2019 09:13 PM #47
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

We’ve seen all of the hoopla and we pop think it might be well worth it.!Happiest of holidays to you and yours.

Dec 19, 2019 10:25 PM #48
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