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How to Rediscover Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2020

Written by Interior Design

3 Jan 2020

Blue is emerging as one of 2020’s most sought-after shades – with Classic Blue named as Pantone’s colour of the year.

As the name suggests, it’s a timeless shade which is described by Pantone as “honest” and “a universal favourite… comfortably embraced”.

Announcing it as its much-anticipated colour of 2020, Pantone says: “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.” 

Thanks to its versatility and sophisticated edge, it’s one of the simplest tones to tailor to your taste.

it evokes a sense of daylight turning to dusk and a time where we can release the stresses of the day and unwind in our homes.

Chosen for its calming and resilient properties, blue is an established favourite of interior designers and we’re welcoming its renaissance.  

As Pantone suggests, it evokes a sense of daylight turning to dusk and a time where we can release the stresses of the day and unwind in our homes.

Strong yet serene, bold yet balanced, it’s a colour that can be used in many rooms. Its soothing quality means it lends itself well to a bedroom. For those with a sense of adventure, it’s a colour that looks fabulous on a feature wall, but others may prefer to use it more subtly by introducing it through a cosy throw, luxurious cushions, or an embossed, oversized fabric headboard. 

In convivial areas like open plan kitchen/ diners, especially rooms that are spacious and light, Classic Blue makes a fantastic paint colour to create a focal point. It can be used to define areas of open plan space, perhaps zoning off a dining area or family room.

Its power to instantly attract attention means it’s a wonderful backdrop for artwork, an informal photo gallery or trailing greenery.

We also love using blue in our furnishings, from occasional chairs to upholstered dining chairs to bring an injection of colour to an otherwise neutral colour scheme. Classic Blue is versatile and works well alongside this season’s must have metallics, like dulled gold, to give a refined edge to your interiors. But equally, it brings to life the ‘new neutrals’ of oatmeal and linen and natural materials like raw wood and rattan. 

However you choose to use Classic Blue, you can be assured its appeal won’t be fading any time some. It’s a colour that’s been around in home interiors for decades but its resurgence for 2020 has more meaning. In these hectic times, it provides a reassuring presence and sense of grounding for our homes. We’re looking forward to featuring this shade in our new Show Homes over the coming year. 

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