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Classic Blue

The Caribbean is surrounded by unending blue, and Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2020 is a fresh take on the familiar.

Entering a new decade feels like a big deal. And Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2020 is a classic shade that feels lush and royal, fitting for the occasion. Classic Blue also feels calming, steady, and familiar. It’s not only a beautiful hue for the home, but lends itself well to a coastal Caribbean design aesthetic, drawing the ocean indoors. For a daily dose of “vitamin sea” using colour, here are ways you can incorporate a new look for 2020 into every room of your home.


Find a fresh take on a classic tropical print for bedding or curtains to liven up a space. Every coastal home needs a good palm print, but the blue fronds liven up the linens and bring the print into a new decade of design. 

If a bold print doesn’t feel right, simply adding in some classic blue pillows or a throw can provide a touch of colour in a room with a mostly neutral palette. Curtains in classic blue will also draw the eye outside toward the unforgettable view.


Nothing feels as luxurious as a falling into a plush blue chair or spreading out on a comfortable sofa. Classic Blue in the form of furniture looks inviting, just begging someone to sit and stay a spell. Enjoy a good book in a cosy chair, or entertain friends on an elegant sofa that is the star of the living room’s show.


Plush or wooden chairs in a rich blue hue give a much-needed shakeup to a traditional dining room, and can be an excellent conversation starter at your next dinner party.


A bathroom floor feels like walking on water with the elegant blue drawing the eye down toward a unique tile pattern. A shower tiled in blue will also evoke the calm of the ocean after a long day. Blue tiles also fit perfectly into a kitchen backsplash, making every day feel like a cloudless sky. By utilizing interesting patterns or shaped tiles, the colour stays fresh and eye-catching.

Paint & Paper

Make a statement by painting an accent wall in a bedroom with Classic Blue. It fits really well in the bedroom, due to its calming effects and creates a feeling of serenity in the room that you want to be most peaceful. For a more dramatic effect, go bold and paint the entire dining room blue. With good lighting, bright furniture and good accessories, mealtime will feel like a getaway.

Another great place for blue paint is in a home office. Basic bookcases are out, and bold colour is in. A blue office feels traditional with a modern twist. Wallpaper is also making a comeback. Classic blue is a great background for patterns, and coastal themes often look great spread out over a wall.


Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to adding accessories into a home. With artful consideration of items and their placement, blue can draw attention up and out of a room, and keep a good design aesthetic flowing throughout a space.

Patio and Outdoor

In the Caribbean, being surrounded by blue means some people shy away from using it on decks and patios, for fear of it being overwhelming. But a classic shade of blue can not only be perfect for patios, but it can also actually draw the ocean closer. Furniture and seating is a natural choice for blue hues, but don’t be afraid to go bigger with blue. Exterior walls painted blue offer a breath of fresh air from the more traditional courtyard or patio settings, while still feeling cohesive with the rest of an island home.

Sara Sherman
Sara Sherman is a former St. Thomas resident and the editor of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht.
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