It's signed, sealed, and official: Pantone's Color of the Year 2020 is Classic Blue.
The enchanting, dusky hue is described on the institute's official website as "a timeless and enduring blue hue." It adds: "PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era."
"We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of consistency that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on," Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone, said in a statement. "Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective, and open the flow of communication."