Pantone Color Institute, which has been announcing the "Color of the Year" for the past 21 years, has announced blue as the color of the year for 2020. Local designers share how the color can be used in a home’s interior. Dependable, stable and calming are the characteristics of the Color of the Year for 2020. According to Arlington Connection, "From an accent wall in a child’s bedroom, throw pillows or a kitchen backsplash, to a home’s front door, mailbox or shutters, Allie Mann, designer and senior interiors specialist at Case Design/Remodeling, suggests a variety of ways to use classic blue. “Perhaps as a ceiling color to draw your eye up or add interest,” she said. “As a powder room wall color or vanity, this bold color will work well in the tiniest of spaces, including the back of a bookcase or built-in, a reading nook, a laundry room or mudroom or as cubbies." Keira St. Claire of Anthony Wilder Design/Build in Bethesda, Maryland said, "Classic Blue is a beautiful and bold, yet soothing color reminiscent of the evening sky and the deep blue ocean. Soft, rich and versatile, this color has the potential to inject creative confidence into your interiors." As per Arlington Connection, "Adding the color gradually is what Amanda Mertins of Patina Polished Living in Alexandria, Virginia suggests. “Infuse it into your home and fashion design in bits and pieces,” added “Maybe you paint an accent wall classic blue and let that be the focus. The color blue is kind to many colors and therefore easy to use in a room as an accent color. You can also mix varying shades of blue."