How to Incorporate Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year Into Your Life

DEC 13, 2019 updated Nov 24, 2021

We’re looking ahead to 2020 with blue-tinted vision inspired by Pantone’s timeless and serene pick for Color of the Year. The much anticipated announcement is finally here and designers and makers alike are rejoicing for the calming hue celebrating the coming year: Classic Blue. We hand-picked a collection of our favorite classic blue prints from the Marketplace that we can’t wait to use in our projects this year. How will you be giving Classic Blue a try in 2020? 

“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

As we’re thoughtfully planning our 2020 Make Nine lists, we can’t help but be drawn to garments that showcase this confident shade of blue. Statement pieces like the Wiksten Haori featuring Blue Mountains by alison_janssen in Organic Cotton Sateen or a tried-and-true pattern like the Zadie Jumpsuit in Diamond Ikat by serendipity_textiles.

For a wild take on the classic color, try pairing the McCall’s M7834 Dress with Katie Kortman’s Bohemian Rhapsody, or cozy up to the Carolyn Pajamas in Petal Signature Cotton in a whimsical design like Tea Time at Wonderland. For a more subtle nod to the color of the year try Grungy Blue Watercolor Stripes for your PJs! Be sure to tag your makes featuring Classic Blue with #spoonflowerapparel so we can what you’ve been sewing. 

The chinoiserie trend is just a small taste of all the ways you can incorporate Classic Blue in your home. Accents of the blue hue can easily be added by simply changing out your pillow covers with designs like Indigo Shibori Stripe or Zebras in Blue.

We love how Diane Rath of The Rath Project styled her classic blue pillows with a mix of bright, contrasting colors.

Featured pillow designs | Photo by Diane Rath

Really want to show your love for the color of the year? Jumbo Indigo Flowers by juliaschumacher is calling your name! The large scale design is perfect for a statement wall in the living room or bedroom. 

Not quite ready to commit to an entire wall? Try a touch of blue in the kitchen with tea towels, cocktail napkins and dinner napkins. Or better yet, create the ultimate Color of the Year hostess gift for your designer pals, complete with a Classic Blue tea towel and our favorite designer-friendly gift, a Pantone mug.

Looking through the Marketplace, we can already tell Classic Blue is going to be a hit with designers. The familiar shade signifies the return of a new day and we can’t wait to see what’s ahead for the Spoonflower designer community in 2020.

Want to incorporate Classic Blue into your Spoonflower shop? We recommend updating your most popular designs by creating an additional colorway featuring the color of the year. Remember to add the tag “Classic Blue” to your design and organize a collection of blue-hued designs so makers can easily shop them all in one place.

Hex Code for PANTONE Classic Blue: #0f4c81
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Whether it’s in your wardrobe, home or Spoonflower shop, we can’t wait to see how you try out Classic Blue in 2020!

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