Fun fact that you may, or may not know; the color company Pantone has been declaring a “Color of the Year” since the 1950s. Their choice in color is meant to captivate the energy and momentum of the coming year. In turn it influences everything from marketing and advertising, to design trends. While every new year will bring a new color, this year’s color is one that we think will stand the test of time: Classic Blue. Blues tend to be associated with calm, comfort, trust, and serenity. In the words of Pantone themselves, “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.” With that in mind, there’s a strong case to incorporate this color into your home design. These are our top picks for ways to implement this gorgeous hue into your next design endeavor.

Paint It Blue

Last year’s color was Living Coral. A bright and vibrant color, perfect for some rooms, but not all. Not only is this year’s color slightly more universal, but it’s darker tone is definitely in this season. You could literally apply this color to the walls of any room and it will create a stunning effect. Up against a white cabinet in the kitchen or bathroom gives a cool mediterreanean feel. Nestle a luxurious velvet headboard against this almost jewel-toned color for a haven of relaxation and comfort in your bedroom. All in all, go big!

Blue Countertops Or Cabinets

If you’re investing in a new kitchen or bathroom, you can grab some high quality quartz, granite, or Carrera marble countertops for a durable option that pleases the eyes and senses. Or flip it and reverse it with new blue cabinets. The days of the all white kitchen are limited, now is the perfect time to pounce on this new color and the changing trends. 

Lush Furniture

Velvet has made a major comeback in the past few years, and the trend is still going strong. Fuse comfort and style together with a statement piece of velvet furniture in this classy shade. It could be your couch, sitting chair, ottoman, chaise, headboard, or bench for the foot of your bed. Blues are not only universally liked, they tend to go with just about anything.

Accents And Trappings

If you’re not ready to commit to such large expenses, consider the smaller splashes of color you can infuse into any room. Curtains, rugs, throws, pillows, and artwork will tie a room together with beauty and sophistication. Linens in the bed and bathrooms should be updated every few years anyway. Organize yourself with bins, jars, trays, or a utility cart in Classic Blue. Picture frames in your office or bedroom; a new set of tea towels to hang over your oven door; dishes on display in open cabinets, there’s no niche knick-knack too small to incorporate this color into your life. Every time you see it, you’ll be reinvigorated to attack each day with calm and confidence.