How to Work Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue, Into Your Design

Natural Stone: Design Ideas

Pantone’s Classic Blue is the official 2020 Color of the Year. A calming hue, reminiscent of the sky at dusk, Classic Blue is a comforting tone in today’s tumultuous time. Pantone Color Institute’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, noted the shade was a solid, dependable hue, chosen to challenge us to  “think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”


True Blue

Pantone’s Classic Blue holds no undertones of green or violet. It is lighter than navy and darker than the sky. Like blue denim jeans, it goes well with other colors, pairing beautifully with many styles from traditional to contemporary,  and working wonderfully in many rooms of the home. If you’re a fan of this timeless tone, there are many ways to incorporate it into your home.


Classic Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Navy blue was already on the radar as a popular cabinet choice for 2019; however, the richness and versatility of Classic Blue is sure to give traditional navy some stiff competition in 2020. It works fantastically in both bath and kitchen designs. In the latter, there are many possibilities. You can go all-in with blue upper and lower cabinets, or add a splash of color while keeping it bright with blue base cabinets or a blue kitchen island.


Classic Blue Appliances

Colorful kitchen appliances are gaining traction as designers and homeowners seek to add personality to their kitchen designs. Be forewarned, however, they come with a hefty price tag.


Classic Blue Backsplash
A Classic Blue backsplash is a budget-friendly way to infuse a splash of color and personality into your kitchen or the bath design.


Classic Blue Accent Wall

If you’re not in it for the long haul, but love the looks of this shade today, a bit of Classic Blue paint as an accent wall is a low commitment way to enjoy this tone while it’s on-trend. Because it is dark, it is best to use it in small doses, where its cool tone visually recedes, making small spaces appear larger.


Perfect Countertop Pairings for Classic Blue Cabinetry & Accents


  • Marble countertops
    Whether you prefer the bold grey veining of Calacatta, timeless Carrara or the creamy buff tones of Crema Marfil marble counters, Classic Blue and marble countertops pair beautifully together.
  • White engineered quartz countertops
    Easy-care, stain-resistant engineered quartz countertops in crisp, clean white add a fresh, uplifting, timeless look.
  • Grey and beige granite countertops
    Granite countertops in shades of grey and beige, such as Bianco Antiquo, Blizzard, Caledonia, and Colonial Cream granite slabs, elegantly complement blue hues.
  • Soapstone countertops
    Soapstone countertops impart a soft touch and timeless elegance atop Classic Blue cabinetry in the kitchen and bath.


Feeling blue? We offer an expansive variety of premium natural stone countertops to go with your Classic Blue kitchen or bath design. Shop the incredible selection at your local Granite Imports showroom today.

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