Moodboard Your Way to New Styles with Pantone's Classic Blue

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Trends come and trends go, but that doesn't mean you have to start from scratch every time the year turns over. Classic Blue was the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020, and many of us were delighted to use this magnificent color in our interior design.

But, can Classic Blue be in style, even after 2020 has passed? Absolutely. And we have created this moodboard to inspire you in your revamp of the Classic Blue style and help keep your decor "trendy" while building off what you already have in place.

A closer look at the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year

Every year, the experts at the Pantone Color Institute choose a color of the year, and in 2020, they, also known as PANTONE 19-4052. As a reminder, here's what the Executive Director of the Institute said at the time:

"We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue… A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking…"

Her callout to consistency and timelessness speaks volumes when we're thinking about how to restyle a Classic Blue room. After all, there's nothing more satisfying than a twist on a classic! Even though 2020 is behind us, and the Pantone Color of the Year has changed, there are plenty of ways to pull your home decor forward.

Finding inspiration with mood boards

Great style is personal, and that goes double for interior design. So, when you're looking for room decor ideas for your Classic Blue space, follow your gut. It's your design, after all. What do you like? What don't you like?

That's where mood boards come in. Mood boards allow you to pull together ideas from many different sources and really hone in on what gets you excited. They also give you an opportunity to find a vocabulary for what you're looking for in your interior design, as a picture speaks 1,000 words. It's so much easier to point to a picture of a room decor idea you like, rather than try to describe it off the cuff. On the same hand, you might realize that a particular style or technique that you adore has a specific word to go with it, and you can use that word to find the perfect fit.

Here are a few ways you can use mood boards for inspiration:

  • Discover new styles that you had never considered before
  • Visualize the possibilities for your space
  • Get a sense of what other stylists are doing
  • Pinpoint what your personal style is
  • Curate a vibe that you want your room to convey
  • Place room decor ideas side by side and synthesize them, i.e. "I love this style of curtain, but I want it in this color!"
  • Start making a detailed plan for how to make your vision come to life

Inspiration drives forward any design project. It's the spark that gets your engine running and motivates you to charge ahead. Use our mood board to start, but you should definitely feel free to create your own, too.

Room decor ideas for Classic Blue

If you're thinking, "how can I renovate my room around the colors chosen?" you've come to the right place. These ideas will help you incorporate home decor trends for 2021 and beyond.

Find opportunities for contrast

Contrast and big bold patterns are some of the top home decor trends in 2021. So, as you look at your Classic Blue, think about ways that you can contrast with it. The most brilliant part is that there are two directions you can go when looking to contrast with this iconic color:

  1. Light, understated tones - Play against the starkness of Classic Blue by pairing it with light tones, like white or beige.
  2. Big, bright colors - Swing the other way and add in a different bold color to contrast with Classic Blue. In fact, one of the 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year, makes for a fantastic choice.

Incorporate these colors with a variety of elements throughout the room, from to striking area rugs to daring statement pieces.

Experiment with natural elements

Classic Blue invokes visions of the sky, making it the perfect pairing for natural elements. Even better, nature is very "in" when it comes to current interior design trends. Look out for small and large opportunities to use wood elements (for instance, wood or faux wood blinds), stone materials, and greenery within your space. With the right touches, you can create a space that feels connected to the earth, is on-trend, and 100% yours.

Use window treatments to adjust the light and mood of the space

The way that light hits a room brings an enormous impact, especially when it comes to how we experience color. Accordingly, one of the most fun aspects of Classic Blue is the way it can be played up with the right light.

Not only do blinds, shutters, and drapes bring you privacy, but they significantly affect how you enjoy your room. Switching out your window treatments can be a surefire way to change things up.  Not to mention, just as styles are always changing, so are innovations in blinds and drapes. Hi-tech solutions like motorized blinds and drapes can give you even more power to maximize the effect of your Classic Blue designs.

These room decor ideas are just the beginning of all that you can do to renovate your Classic Blue room to be more trendy. Dive into our mood board to start pulling out your favorite designs. Once you get started, you'll realize that even though Classic Blue might be just one color, there are infinite ways you can contextualize it.

Plus, when you're looking for more ways to make your interior design stand out, we're always here to help. Get in touch to schedule a Free Consultation with our design experts.

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