Where Can You See Pantone’s Colour for 2020?

Where Can You See Pantone’s Colour for 2020?
Jodhpur, the 'Blue City' of India, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

A dash of Classic Blue at some places, a large stroke of the colour at others

Sahana Iyer
February 05 , 2020
04 Min Read

Pantone’s colours have set design and tone for many industries in these past few years. It has, unsurprisingly, also spilled its effects into the travel industry. Just as culture and history become a part of your trip, so does the aesthetic and look of a place. Sometimes, you may need to scrounge a little to find the colour.

Pantone’s colour for 2020 is Classic Blue, a hue found in abundance. Numerous destinations flaunt this rich shade on their walls, tiles, waters, and skies. If you wish to see the magic in person, these destinations are your go-to:

Jodhpur, India

The ‘blue city’ of India, Jodhpur in Rajasthan oozes out various shades of the colour. The exteriors of many houses and buildings are painted in blue and form a little splat of the colour on the map. The colour was used to mark Brahmin households initially, but soon became an identity for the city.

Santorini, Greece

Nothing describes the dreamy island of Santorini better than the whites and blues. White walls take the burden of vibrant blue domes. With the view of deep waters past the shore, the colour blue is hard to miss at this popular tourist destination in Greece.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Blue-washed buildings line the streets of the old city in Chefchaouen, Morocco. A lesser-known destination as compared to the highly commercialised Marrakech, the town is nestled in the Rif mountains. The blue colour signifies heaven and the presence of something sacred.

Porto, Portugal

Classic blue peek through in traditional Portugeuse tiles called azulejo tiles. These tiles are sprinkled all over Porto’s architecture in Portugal. These beautiful white and blue tiles can also be found at the Sao Bento railway station.

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Unsurprisingly, Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia boast a stark white colour. However, the skies above bring out a canopy of Classic Blue overhead. These lands mirror the sky, displaying a mirage of all-blue.


The beaches of Maldives are a dominating thought when someone mentions the island nation. While the green trees and beige sands are sprawled on the island, it is the blue waters that makes the trip memorable.

Nanda Blue Hole, Vanuatu

Certainly a water body is the most expected location to be directed to for a view of Classic Blue. This natural pool in the tiny nation of Vanuatu provides wanderlust on a plate. It is surrounded by a wooden boardwalk and a tempting setting for a picnic.

Crater Lake, USA

Water clarity and shades of blue define the allure of Crater Lake in Oregon, USA. This crater-made lake is surrounded by the Crater Lake National Park. Of course, the sweeping views of the water still remain the star of the show.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

Known as ‘The Blue Mosque’, this 17th century monument’s interior is adorned with hand-painted blue tiles. If that doesn’t satisfy your crave for the colour, the mosque is also lit in blue lights at night that bring out the stunning architecture.

The Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

A mountain range in eastern USA, the Blue Ridge Mountains get their name from the bluish tint that envelopes them when seen from a distance. This colour is seen due to the release of isoprene by trees into the atmosphere.

The Blue Hole, Belize

Off the coast of Belize is the Great Blue Hole, a marine sinkhole. It is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the name suggests, the area presents deep blue views.

Lake Tahoe, USA

Sandwiched between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. It was formed nearly 2 million years ago. The pristine waters of the lake are an unmistakable Classic Blue colour.

Milos, Greece

Thanks to Greece’s deep connection to the colour blue, our bucket list can feature another Classic Blue destination. Milos is an island that—much like Santorini—drapes itself in whites and blues. You will find doors, windows and of course waters to lend you blue shades.

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