Pantone Color of the Year Palettes for 2020

Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, a color without limits that evokes courage as well as tradition. Pantone Color Institute has provided five diverse color palettes using Classic Blue as the foundational shade of each combination, highlighting the Color of the Year’s versatility and energy and creating visual templates suitable for every mood and season.

Pantone's Color of the Year, Ponder Classic BluePantone's Color of the Year, Ponder Classic Blue


This palette casts the Classic Blue shade in a tranquil and mindful light. 

Cool blues and warm tones surround the foundational color and create a calming palette that encourages meditative thought and practice during times of stress. The Ponder palette is perfect for the woman who needs a touch of serenity to color her hectic life. A pair of sparkling sapphire hoops are the perfect centerpiece for an outfit inspired by Ponder.


Classic Blue evokes the beauty of the deep sea in this blissful palette inspired by the tropics.

Pantone's Color of the Year, Snorkel Classic BluePantone's Color of the Year, Snorkel Classic Blue

Bright, playful colors surround the base tone of this palette to create a visual escape to paradise, while shades of black and white accent, balance, and contrast the surrounding colors. Snorkel brings a bit of paradise and sunshine to the wardrobe of a woman dreaming of a much-needed vacation. A simple but stunning pair of sapphire studs with a matching ring adds subtle style to a statement Snorkel ensemble.

Pantone's Color of the Year, Desert Classic BluePantone's Color of the Year, Desert Classic Blue

Desert Twilight

Each color meshes to create a serene and rich combination perfect for nighttime looks and evening wear.

Inspired by an illuminated sky at dusk, this palette features Classic Blue as a dreamy backdrop to star-like, glittering shades. The Desert Twilight palette effortlessly adds magic and mystery to any woman’s aesthetic, encouraging confidence and charisma. A bold sapphire ring in a halo setting, reminiscent of a star-studded sky, is a wonderful addition to a Desert Twilight look.

Exotic Tastes

Not only does this color combination catch the eye, but it’s also pleasing to the palate.

Pantone's Color of the Year, Exotic Classic BluePantone's Color of the Year, Exotic Classic Blue

Classic Blue evokes the energy of health; it’s hue reminds us of the beautiful and nourishing fruits of the same shade. Surrounding colors create a delicious palette that hartens essential self-care. Exotic Tastes is ideal for a woman who forgets to take time to give herself some love and needs to add a little flavor to her wardrobe. A sapphire tennis bracelet exquisitely anchors an outfit featuring shades from Exotic Tastes.

Pantone's Color of the Year: Untraditional Classic BluePantone's Color of the Year: Untraditional Classic Blue


Unique, bold colors are accented by softer, subtler tones to make a fun and powerful statement.

This palette seamlessly integrates Classic Blue with unexpected shades, which gives ample opportunity for creative combinations and stunningly surprising pairings. The Untraditional palette is perfect for a woman who wants to feel empowered through adding a distinct flair to her everyday look. A gorgeous sapphire pendant necklace provides a taste of timeless flair to an Untraditional palette-inspired ensemble.