Pantone Colour of 2020 - Classic Blue

Out of the Blue

The colour experts at Pantone have taken a more traditional path this year and have selected a timeless and robust shade as their statement colour for 2020. Move over Living Coral and make way for Classic Blue Pantone 19-4052. A somewhat simple colour that may come as a surprise to some, but a colour that holds strength and impact in its simplicity, as well drawing upon a rich heritage. Named classic for a reason, it is a colour that we return to time and time again, a colour that surrounds us every day from the vast pastel sky to the deep indigo of the ocean, a colour that has remained prominent in artwork and interiors throughout history and is still today as fresh and inspiring as it was to the Ancient Egyptians. 

The Pantone colour of the year is carefully selected and will go on to shape the year ahead in terms of fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, and with Classic Blue as this year’s champion, it’s easy to see how such an established hue will bolster coming trends.

Blue at Work

Colour can have a profound impact on us and can affect the way we think and feel. It can trigger memories and influence emotions and therefore the use of colour in our homes can be very powerful. Blue is believed to have a calming and clarifying effect on the mind and for this reason it is often seen in places of relaxation such as a bathroom or a bedroom. You can enjoy a sense of serenity in your bathroom with splashes of blue such as with the Florabelle Large Skye Jar. Alternatively create the perfect setting for a peaceful sleep in your bedroom with the Theo and Joe Florentine Navy Comforter.

As well as inducing peace and tranquility, blue can promote clear thinking and stimulate concentration and communication making it a suitable hue for a home office or dining space. Declutter your mind as well as your work space with the Cafe Lighting and Living Serena Chest of Drawers in Soft Blue. Or give your dinner guests something to talk about with a sumptuous set of blue velvet dining chairs designed by Liang and Eimil.

The Deep Blue

The colour blue is hugely versatile and the ambiance you create can depend on many qualities including tones, textures and styles. If you like a laid back beachfront feel then opt for bohemian artistic accents, natural canvas textures, distressed finishes and layered textiles. Pieces such as the Florabelle Caiman Pouf or the Home & Giftware Hayman Hand Woven Cotton Rug will bring a relaxed, eclectic vibe to the space. Whilst pieces of ocean inspired artwork, such as the Ellis Coral Decorator or the Into The Blue Wall Art from Cafe Lighting and Living are sure to transport you to a place of contemplation.

Cool and Contemporary

Many people feel that blue is a cool colour, this can be used to your advantage if you like a clean and modern look. Blue can add a refreshing pop of colour to a minimalist space and it teams especially well with cool grey tones, which continue to be very popular. The cool, contemporary look works in harmony with sleek, reflective metallic accents such as in the Luxe Beetle Chair in Blue by Florabelle.

Rich Tradition

Blue has been used in pottery, ceramics, textiles and mosaic artwork throughout the ages and fails to lose its allure. A classic blue hue can look especially luxurious when teamed with velvet and dark wood. Velvet fabric emboldens rich jewel tones such as classic blue and will give an opulent feel to any room. You can see how an elegant shape with traditional tufted detail is enhanced by blue velvet in the Liang and Emil Monroe Marine Blue 3 Seater Sofa.

If you’re hoping to benefit from blue within your interior, then browse our full collection of sofas, dining chairs, lighting and home accessories in a range of invigorating blue tones.

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