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2020 Pantone Color of the Year

A natific Feasibility Study

“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Pantone.com

The 2020 Pantone Color of the year is Classic Blue. It may be a classic, but it’s actually a bright color which means it may not be feasible on all substrates. If you plan on using this color in your 2020 collections, you don’t to find out too late that it won’t meet your fastness requirements. Natific performed a feasibility study on Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue so you know exactly what to expect when using this year’s color.

When we analyze the feasibility of a color, we provide a report on the color’s performance on the most commonly used substrates and recipe recommendations, and we also develop a natific Optimized Spectral Curve (nOSC). A nOSC can be used in place of the original standard to achieve the desired quality requirements.

Keep reading to see the results of our analysis on Panton 19-4052 Classic Blue:

On cotton, viscose or other cellulosic fibers, the official spectral curve from Pantone can be perfectly matched using standard dye elements.

Elements required:  Formazan Blue, C.I. Reactive Blue 181, C.I. Reactive Blue 278, C.I. Reactive Blue 21

Basing the recipe on C.I. Reactive Blue 19 will match the color in D65 but will lead to a slight red flare under other illuminants.

Pantone 19-4052 TCX can be matched on other fibers such as polyester, acrylic, and cationic dyeable polyester. Compared to D65 lighting, all recipes on these synthetic fibers show a red flare under other illuminants.

Example: Samples on various materials with a perfect match in D65 and their metamerism in U30

Sample vs Pantone 19-4052 TCX (cotton swatch)
Sample vs Classic Blue nOSC U01

Conclusion: To achieve this color, use an optimized standard that flares redder in other illuminants when compared to D65 (following the red flare of recipes on other fiber types). This will allow you to achieve a metamerism-free match not only on cellulosics, but also on other fiber types.


The recommended nOSC is available by request (support@natific.com).

If you would like a custom report on this (or any other) color with your specific material preferences, illuminants, and fastness requirements, please let us know!

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