What is the Color of the Year?

The world has changed within a couple of weeks since I started writing this blog. As a result, we are all spending more time in our homes than ever before. The colors we surround ourselves with are important and can have a huge impact our emotions, appetite, memory— and so much more! So, to answer the question, what is the Color of the Year? As you read through the blog, you’ll see there are many!

First Color of the Year

Did you know Pantone was the first to introduce the “color of the year” back in 2000? It was called Cerulean Blue, a medium grayish blue. Pantone is used in a variety of industries, such as—graphic design, fashion, product design and printing to manage colors from design to production.

Every year, since 2000, they’ve unveiled their color of the year from extensively following and examining global trends in human behavior, environment, art and technology that influence people’s lifestyles and environments.

Color of the year

Recognizing how color influences peoples buying habits, popular paint brands like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have followed suite with their own color of the year.

Check out the 2020 Colors of the Year from 5 Major Paint Brands.

Benjamin Moore’s® FIRST LIGHT

First Light 2102-70, a refreshing alternative to white or beige, is a soft, airy pink that flatters any space and plays well with other colors.

Color of the year


Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6) Blend of cobalt, moody ink blue offers escapism in today’s data-driven society.

Color of the year

Sherwin William’s® NAVAL

Naval SW 6244, is a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence.

Color of the year


Back to Nature (S340-4) As we enter the next decade, we strive for vibrancy in life and shape it how we choose. As nature’s favorite color, Back to Nature is a restorative and revitalizing green hue that engages the senses and pairs well with other colors both inside and outside your home.

Color of the year


And finally, welcome Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year! 20 years later, they’ve chosen another blue.

Pantone’s® CLASSIC BLUE A shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. “It’s a color that anticipates what’s going to happen next.”

Want to see all the Colors of the Year from Pantone since 2000? Click here, then scroll to the bottom of the page.

color of the year

If color is what you are looking for, Crystal has the ability to do custom colors and match brand name paint colors.

How about a beachy blue? See details of this kitchen here.

Coastal Style White Kitchen with Blue Island

Go dark with Benjamin Moore’s Midsummer’s Night. See details of this kitchen here.