Since 2000, color matching powerhouse Pantone® has welcomed in the New Year with its Color of the Year announcement—a prediction about the hue and themes that will influence us over the next twelve months. The selected shade not only reflects the feeling and tone of the time, but surfaces in fashion, home décor, and graphic design as everyone from illustrators to tastemakers finds something fresh in the color of the moment.
Pantone has looked to the horizon for 2020 and forecasted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, which the company says instills calm, confidence, and connection, and “highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Whether through paint, ornamental accents, or exterior elements, this rich blue takes pride of place in the eight properties below: find a rising trend to incorporate and welcome in the new decade with a splash of something new.
Camelot Estate in Brisbane, Australia
With 10 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a twelve-seat cinema, a tennis court, an outdoor kitchen, a guesthouse, and lush manicured gardens, this inviting Australian home is more of a modern-day palace than a house. The crowning jewel? The beautiful, Pantone Classic Blue resort-style pool surrounded by entertaining spaces and offering endless serenity.
A Restored Townhouse in New York, New York
This bright five-story townhouse in Greenwich Village is the perfect Manhattan assembly point. Enjoy 6,750 square feet of elegance, including landscaped gardens and terraces and a rooftop garden with mesmerizing city skyline views. The entire home exudes warmth, but a bedroom featuring a beautiful Classic Blue accent wall adds a hint of cool sophistication and creates the ideal atmosphere for rest and relaxation.
A Palace Wharf Townhouse in London, England
If you’d prefer to dip your toe in the blue rather than wade in fully, this 1,875-square-foot London townhouse is the perfect example of how to incorporate the trend with a deft hand. The crisp, airy living room with Classic Blue accents scattered thoughtfully throughout complements the fabulous views of the River Thames beyond the patio.
A Spectacular Golden Mile Estate in Montréal, Canada
With inspiration drawn from Mediterranean Villas, this estate in the heart of Montréal offers 10 bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and is said to be the only house outside of the United States designed by architect Charles Platt, who famously worked on properties for the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Among this estate’s many amenities is an inviting basement lounge, complete with a Classic Blue accent wall and velvet club chairs to set the tone for a refined evening’s entertainment.
A Classic Kitchen in Roslyn Estates, New York
Equally at home in the kitchen as the bedroom, Classic Blue brings a splash of opulence to an otherwise white space in this four-bedroom family home in picturesque Roslyn Estates. Paired with hints of gold and brass, this home’s blue kitchen cabinets are a talking point complemented by a white tiled backsplash and tastefully understated dining area. A blue stone patio, vaulted ceilings, and a designer bath round out this home’s timeless appeal.
Overboard Residence, Tucker’s Town, Bermuda
Is there a more iconic warm-weather duo than blue and white? See them at their best on this Bermudian home, where Classic Blue shutters complement brilliant white walls. If it’s more shades of blue you’re after, turquoise ocean waters are at your toes at this 5,250-square-foot waterfront property, which also includes a private patio, outdoor pool, and a covered terrace for al fresco dining while taking in the sunsets.
A Mediterranean Villa in Admirals Cove, Jupiter, Florida
In a place as sunny as Florida, indoor/outdoor living is an expected luxury. With Classic Blue elements integrated on a covered terrace at this Admirals Cove property, the outdoor space becomes a serene extra living room. At 11,974 square feet, there’s plenty of space for sunning; additional amenities include a waterfront pool, dock, and golf cart parking spot—not to mention all the entertainment options offered by the Admirals Cove community, including golf courses, dog parks, restaurants, dog parks, and a marina.
A Contemporary Villa in Vandoeuvres, Geneva
Located in Vandoeuvres near one of Geneva’s premiere golf clubs, this five-bedroom, seven-bathroom Swiss villa boasts modern architecture and elevated design. A lofty, elegant sitting room features Classic Blue artwork that matches the space’s contemporary grandeur—it’s the perfect place to lounge with friends and family after enjoying a soak in the heated swimming pool.
PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a color that evokes feelings of calm, which is welcome news for the year ahead. It also carries with it a certain level of stately presence, which lends itself well to luxury design: it’s no wonder this rich shade is already present in many of the most coveted properties around the globe. Keep an eye out for the classics as you design your year; according to Pantone, we’ll all be singing the blues.
Article originally appeared in Extraordinary Living Blog,Sotheby's International Realty