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Pantone Colour of the Year 2020: Classic Blue in Interiors

2nd January 2020

Pantone has chosen Classic Blue as its colour of the year for 2020. It's described as a, “Reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence, and connection.” Pantone [19-4052] is a welcomed addition to the Pantone Colour of the Year lineage as a popular hue that will endure the test of time. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute describes the decision behind choosing this much-loved hue as “our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build, as we cross the threshold into a new era.” 

Sparking much debate over which aspects of our global culture Pantone are referring to, this choice is certainly a powerful one that already dominates the world of interiors.

Classic blue is restful and evokes the sense of peace and tranquillity in those who observe it. Routinely sited as one of the most popular colours in the Western world, classic blue has the ability to transport us to warm climates, soothing seas and sunny days without a cloud in the sky.

 This powerful play on our emotions is what makes it a colour that is so comfortably embraced into our homes as this sense of calm and relaxation is how we want to feel as we return from a hard day at work. 

The colour blue is said to re-centre our thoughts. Closely associated with harmony and peace, it is best suited to areas of the home in which you can relax and take it easy. Bedrooms and living rooms are popular choices as they are comfortable spaces in which you spend a lot of time.

Pantone Colour of The Year 2020 Classic Blue

Also bearing a strong association with the coast, Classic Blue is a very popular colour to feature in outdoor spaces as well as coastal inspired interiors. The popularity of the colour and its fluidity means that blue fabrics and blue wallpapers are plentiful in designs that suit every interior style.

Decorating with such a classic and stable hue will ensure your interior won't age over time. Powerful enough as a standalone shade, classic blue looks wonderful painted on the walls or used as a statement plain wallpaper or plain fabric. This uninterrupted colour makes a huge impact in a room that provokes strong emotional responses. For some, this can feel too much so establish some softness by featuring warmer tones such as pale pinks, oranges and mustard yellows to absorb some of the intensity.

Decorating with such a classic and stable hue will ensure your interior won't age over time. Powerful enough as a standalone shade, classic blue looks wonderful painted on the walls or used as a statement plain wallpaper or plain fabric. This uninterrupted colour makes a huge impact in a room that provokes strong emotional responses. For some, this can feel too much so establish some softness by featuring warmer tones such as pale pinks, oranges and mustard yellows to absorb some of the intensity.

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