Pantone 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue

The 2020 Color of the Year by Pantone, Classic Blue.

You’ve probably already heard the big Color of the Year announcement from Pantone for 2020. Classic Blue is well, a classic color. But how can you make sure that your blue color choices are fab and not drab? How to match this blue with other shades in the same color family and which other colors can you use to accent your beaded jewelry so that this blue will be electrifying rather than a snoozefest?

Read below to find out! Or click through here and see some beautifully inspired bead color combinations based on Pantone suggested color palettes!

And now for a limited time only a selection of blue colored beads and components are 20% off with the coupon code CLASSIC . Coupon expires 1/28/2020 at 11:59PM EST. Click here to shop the sale!

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 Inspiration

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.

Pantone Institute

According to the Pantone Institute, the choice of Classic Blue for 2020 was inspired by the times in which we find ourselves. “A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

The color is “imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.”

What does this mean for your Beaded Designs?

With Classic Blue expected to be found all over the runways for the forseeable future as well as appearing in home goods, accessories and textiles, jewelry designers and beaders have several options for picking colors.

The first, of course is to jump on the bandwagon, pull out your stash of bluest beads and get to work! For those who follow color trends and fashion religiously but don’t have the budget to revamp our wardrobes every season, buying and wearing jewelry in the latest trendy colors is where there is room to splurge. For this reason a smart designer will keep up with trends and offer up just what discerning customers (or very lucky friends!) will be looking for in 2020. On top of all that, blue is a perennially popular color in its own right, so you don’t have to worry about making jewelry in a color that will quickly become passé and then difficult to sell.

The second option is to pick any secondary color that will pop against all that blue. With fast fashion all the rage, it’s easy for fashionistas to pick up entire blue outfits (or at least one!) to stay on trend. With all the blue everywhere, accessories that contrast with the dominant color will add visual interest and may make your items stand out among the sea of blue (pun intended!). So take your pick or use both strategies for your color choices when it comes to jewelry design for 2020. Scroll below to see some innovative color palettes and specific bead suggestions!

13x29mm Flat Marquise Shape Druzy Cabochon TITANIUM BLUE (1pc)
SIZE-11 #53 GRAY OPAQUE Toho AIKO Seed Beads (4g)
3mm BLUE LACE AGATE High Grade Faceted Gemstone Beads (130pcs)
SIZE-11 #DB2271 OPAQUE GLAZED BEIGE Delica Miyuki Seed Beads 2.5 Inch Tube
SIZE-11 #DB1561 OPAQUE PEAR LUSTER Delica Miyuki Seed Beads 2.5 Inch Tube
CRYSTAL ULTRA ARCTIC AB Swarovski Crystal Cushion
ROSE PEACH #5810 5mm Round Swarovski Crystal Pearls (100 pcs)

MAJESTIC BLUE #5328 4mm Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads
GREEN GODDESS COORDINATED MIX Toho Size-11 Round Seed Beads
CREAM #5824 4mm Rice Swarovski Crystal Pearls (100 pcs)
Kheops par Puca 6mm 2-Hole Triangle Beads Czech Glass LT. CORAL PEARL
14mm Round Cabochon SKY BLUE Lunasoft Lucite (1 pc)
SIZE-15 #401F BLACK MATTE Miyuki Round Seed Beads 2.5 Inch Tube
CRYSTAL LIME #1088 8mm Swarovski Crystal Chatons (1 pc)
GemDuo PINK OPAQUE LUSTER 8x5mm 2-Hole Czech Glass Beads

JAZZ BLUE 8.5×4.25-Inch Ultrasuede Sheet
StormDuo ALUMINIUM SILVER 3x7mm 2-Hole Czech Glass Beads
SIZE-11 #DB2308 FROSTED GLAZED RAINBOW PINK ROSEWOOD MATTE AB Delica Miyuki Seed Beads 5.2g
SIZE-11 #1051 GALVANIZED SILVER Miyuki Round Seed Beads
IrisDuo VINTAGE COPPER 4x7mm 2-Hole Czech Glass Beads (50pcs)
JET HEMATITE 2X #5328 4mm Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads
SIZE-6 #PF557 STARLIGHT GALVANIZED PERMAFINISH Toho
Round 4mm Firepolish Beads AMETHYST OPAQUE LUSTER Czech

2-Hole Diamond Beads 4×6.5mm Czech METALLIC SUEDE BLUE
SIZE-15 #PF562 PERMAFINISH GALVANIZED SAFFRON Toho
SIZE-11 #PF553 PINK LILAC GALVANIZED PERMAFINISH Toho
LIGHT GREY #5810 4mm Round Swarovski Crystal Pearls (100 pcs)
SIZE-11 #DB2303 MATTE OPAQUE GLAZED HONEY BEE AB Delica
EMERALD #1122 14mm Swarovski Crystal Rivolis
SIZE-15 #5CF TRANSPARENT FROSTED RUBY Toho Round Seed
VINTAGE ROSE #5328 4mm Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads

2-Hole Crescent Beads 3x10mm Czech METALLIC SUEDE BLUE
Round 4mm Firepolish Beads SATURATED METALLIC CHERRY TOMATO Czech Glass (50pcs)
LIGHT GREY OPAL #5328 4mm Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads
Round 4mm Firepolish Beads SATURATED METALLIC LIMELIGHT
2x4mm ANTIQUE BRASS Plated RECTANGLE Rolo Chain By The Foot
SIZE-11 #122 OPAQUE LUSTER NAVAJO WHITE Toho Round Seed Beads 2.5 Inch Tube

EDEN GREEN #5810 3mm Round Swarovski
CRYSTAL BURGUNDY DELITE #1088 8mm Swarovski Crystal Chatons (1 pc)

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Gina Black says:

    I love blues, especially when combined with gold and rusty pink and done with a combination of Swarovski and delica 😍

  2. Emma Brook says:

    Love deep royal blues, so I think it is a lovely colour to start the 2020’s

  3. Meredith McKenna says:

    I love this blue color! Its like a calming blue that can go with so many different things!

  4. Jeanette Richmond says:

    Sometimes color ideas are hard to come by thank you so much for doing this.

    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for reading Jeanette!

  5. Hannah Moore says:

    I love working with blues, thanks for the great inspiration on how to keep it interesting!

  6. kfahlskog says:

    Thank you for sharing the different ways to use these colors together.

    1. 💖💖💖💖

  7. Excited about the contest…. hope there is something in the color of the year in the Swarovski box.

  8. Julie Sprano says:

    Such a vibrant color. Love blues.

  9. Janet Boyer says:

    I admit: I don’t like this shade of blue. It looks gaudy to me.

    1. What’s your preferred color palette, Janet?

  10. linda fyfe says:

    I’m looking for one of the Delica bead colours in this blog – SIZE-11 #DB2308 FROSTED GLAZED RAINBOW PINK ROSEWOOD MATTE AB – but can’t find it on your website

    1. Hi Linda, I think the name for this item was changed to SIZE-11 #DB2308 MATTE OPAQUE GLAZED TRILLIUM RED AB Delica Miyuki Seed Beads (7.6g)

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