Give Your Home the Blues (In a Good Way!)

How Austin Interior Designers are Integrating Classic Blue into Their Clients Homes

In case you hadn’t heard, Classic Blue is Pantone’s color of 2020. Over the past two decades, Pantone has become the global leader in color forecasting. Multiple industries rely on Pantone as the authority of color trends, and Pantone doesn’t take that responsibility lightly. Their color choice for 2020 was a response, or more precisely, a remedy, to the current uncertainty that exists in our world today.

Classic blue is Pantone’s “Color of the Year” 2020

Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of Pantone’s Color Institute, says “When we look at the world around us, we know that we’re living with a lot of unrest, where some days we don’t feel quite as secure,” Eiseman explains. “Blue, from an emotional, psychological standpoint, has always represented a certain amount of calm and dependability. It’s a color that you can rely on.”

We agree with Leatrice. Classic Blue is a versatile color that ties in well with both modern and traditional interior designs. It brings a sense of calm to a space without being boring or dull (goodbye monotone gray interiors!)  Austin designers have been creating cool, unique and inviting spaces that integrate classic blue tones into their design color pallet. Here are some of our favorites!

Austin interior designer Erin Williamson pairs classic blue cabinets with dark gray quartz countertops in a kitchen design for a 1950’s Lake Austin guest house. The result is fun, fresh and deliciously modern. Check out the rest of the house here.

We love this elegantly modern powder bath by Austin designer Erica Evensen. A gorgeous piece of white marble sits on top of a uniquely shaped modern blue cabinet. Love the gold toned neutrals and especially that mirror! Photo courtesy of the designers Instagram, give her a follow for more design inspiration.

Award winning Austin designer Allison Jaffe uses bright blue subway tile to create a juicy pop of color in this Austin kitchen.  The pale gray quartz countertops and white cabinets are the perfect background, creating a look that is cool and refreshing. Allison uses classic blue throughout the home for a beautifully cohesive design. Check out the rest of the pictures from this amazing project here.

We love this timeless kitchen design by Austin interior designer Suzanna Santostefano. Gorgeous white quartzite surfaces (a personal favorite) pair perfectly with classic blue cabinets and the soft gray subway tile. The result is a look that is warm and inviting. Check out the rest of the photos from this project here.

Love love LOVE this Shoal Creek kitchen by Austin interior designer Becca Stephens. Shoal Creek is an established, historic neighborhood in Central Austin and her design is a great example of melding the old with the new. A dustier shade of classic blue is paired with mint green cabinets and white quartz countertops for a look that is freshly modern with vintage undertones. Check out more of the project photos here.  

Unlike many fad colors, whose popularity waxes and wanes with the current favors of popular culture, classic blue is here to stay. Its appeal is universal because it affects us all on a fundamental level. Calming and serene, blue is a peaceful color and brings this energy to the spaces that embrace it. From a design perspective, it is a versatile color that can be combined with many materials and textures. 

Stop by our showroom to explore our selection of countertop materials and see what kind of magic you can create using classic blue.

Additional Resources

Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Dark Blue Geometric Kitchen

Classic Blue Kitchen Ideas

Classic Blue Nothing New