Every year the Pantone "Colour of the Year" is decided by a complex thought process which takes into account current and forecasted lifestyle trends as well as design trends across industries.
Pantone have recently announced the Colour of the Year for 2020 as Classic Blue, PANTONE 19-4052
According to Pantone "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"
This simply elegant colour is suggestive of the sky at dusk and with blue being such a restful colour it brings a sense of calm and tranquility to our busy lives.
It's not surprising that this colour takes centre stage in 2020 as rich blues were key colours in Fashion and Textiles over the last season, interpreted in the home with dark blue shades on walls and blue velvet furniture.
True to its name, Pantone's Cobalt Blue shade can be classic, majestic and restrained but by combining with other shades in surprising and unexpected ways it can also be modern and edgy. Pantone have confirmed that Classic Blue is already being used in graphics, fashion, interior design and textiles.
How to style your home with Classic Blue
Pantone have again this year created a number of colour palettes suggesting how to use this colour with other hues and finishes. You can achieve very different looks depending on which colours you team with Classic Blue. We have interpreted three of these colour palettes to inspire you with ideas on how to incorporate the hue in your home.
Colour palette # 1 Exotic Tastes
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According to Pantone the Exotic Tastes Palette is "An intriguing and adventurous potpourri of tastes and colours reflective or natural seasonings, condiments and blue foods"
The colour story is about teaming the cool classic blue shade with complementary colours including earthy reds, oranges and ochres and grey accents. This immediately creates a warmer look with added interest by combining colours that are opposite Blue on the colour wheel.
Colour Palette # 2 Ponder
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In this scheme "Surrounded by a palette of cool blues and an array or warm and soothing shades, thoughtful and meditative Classic Blue helps induce a gently calming effect and feelings of peaceful tranquility"
Here Classic Blue is pared back and teamed with softer pastel shades of powder blue and coral pinks in matt finishes to create an elegant contemporary style.
Colour Palette # 3 Snorkel
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"Evocative of a bliss filled tropical paradise, the enchanting colour story in the Snorkel palette transports us to an idyllic destination. The addition of black and white creates a dramatic contrast with the depth and strength of Classic Blue providing the anchoring foundation"
This exciting colour palette combines tones of classic blue with bright lime greens and contrasting black and white. Introducing geometric designs adds to the strong graphic look with accents of Coral with metallic detail to add further interest.
Classic Blue, as the name suggests is a shade to stand the test of time and as these colour stories show, it can also be incredibly versatile by teaming with other hues to create completely different moods. So whether you opt for Classic Blue curtains and blinds or just introduce this shade into your home with a selection of blue cushions or accessories, we hope we have inspired you to embrace Classic Blue as we enter the new decade!