PANTONE’S CLASSIC BLUE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2020 AND HOW TO USE IT

Pantone have announced that their colour of the year for 2020 is Classic Blue. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, elegant, timeless and enduring. And I’m on board. I may not have any blue in my own home (yet), but I’ve shared many an inspirational image featuring a similar, fearless and unapologetic shade of blue. It’s not a colour to be ignored, and believe me you will be seeing it a lot. I mean a lot! So to whet your appetite a little further, here are some of the examples I’ve shared in the past, that demonstrate exactly how and when to use Classic Blue.

Painting With Classic Blue

PANTONE’S CLASSIC BLUE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2020 AND HOW TO USE IT

Credit: New Neisha Crosland Flooring Collection from Harvey Maria.

It’s a brave soul who will plunge straight in and paint entire walls with Classic Blue. But it isn’t such a scary colour after all. In fact it’s quite traditional paired with white skirtings, doors and window frames. Elegant even. And as you can see above, it can take a strongly patterned floor treatment. Wood and brass accents warm up this scheme and take it to another level.

PANTONE’S CLASSIC BLUE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2020 AND HOW TO USE IT

Credit: Pooky and features the Bowtie Desk Lamp in Black, the Feathers Mirror, and the Beehive Pendant.

But if painting entire walls is not for you, why not use it on the bottom half of your walls and paint the wall above white. The secret to making this scheme look contemporary is to have a crisp line separating the two. Once again metal accents act as ‘room jewellery’ and the blush pink velvet chair is a nice finishing touch.

Classic Blue and Other Colours

Classic Blue and Other Colours

Credit: (affiliate link) Marks and Spencer.

There are not many colours that will not go with Classic Blue. It’s a primary colour after all. But I happen to think it needs colours of equal depth around it to really bring out its intensity. Strong pinks, greens and even an unexpected shot of russet (as above) create a jewel-like mixture that really creates a warm and inviting room.

 

Classic Blue and Other Colours

Credit: (affiliate link) Marks and Spencer.

Or white of course. Classic Blue and white is a combination that also works brilliantly well. It’s fresh and bright, and the white has a calming effect on all of that blue.

Classic Blue in Pattern

Classic Blue and Other Colours

The Volcano 5 Light Pendant and Palm Table Lamp are both from Dar Lighting.

Blue and white patterns will also be popping up everywhere, but if you’re going to use it, Classic Blue deserves a bolder application. I could probably find more examples of fearless wallpapers embracing blue, but this one caught my eye before, so here it is.

Unexpectedly Classic Blue

PANTONE’S CLASSIC BLUE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2020 AND HOW TO USE IT

Credit: (affiliate link) Walls and Floors

Of course there other applications for Classic Blue rather than paint, wallpaper and furnishing fabrics. It’s a colour that lends itself to tiles too. Especially in the bathroom. Classic and sophisticated. It’s not a colour that is likely to go out of fashion, so you can splurge without worrying that you might want to rip them out in a few years time.

PANTONE’S CLASSIC BLUE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2020 AND HOW TO USE IT

Credit: (affiliate link) Dunelm

And it’s also a colour that complements the trend for industrial style or rustic interiors too. It can easily hold it’s own against chunky wood and metal any day.

 

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