Pantone has announced that the 2020 Colour of the Year is Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue, a deep blue hue that’s at once comforting and relatable – so get ready to see a lot of this shade in the year ahead. This selection comes 20 years after the very first Pantone of the Year and just before the start of a new decade that will undoubtedly bring new challenges and opportunities.
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says: “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Pantone 19-405 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication”. Classic Blue aims, therefore, to provide a sense of refuge, fulfilling a desire for a stable foundation on which to build a new era.
How to use Classic Blue in your home?
When it comes to interior design, blue is a colour that never goes out of fashion and usually brings calm and serenity, helping you feel more relaxed and at ease. As seen in the picture below, blue tones pair beautifully with neutral colours (as white, black and grey), wood finishes and metallic accents, and are perfect for adding a touch of colour to any room.
Using tiles is a great way to incorporate blue into your scheme in a way that is guaranteed to look gorgeous, especially when paired with grey, white and marble effect tiles. Blue tiles are ideal for modern bathrooms and kitchens, as they provide a clean and fresh look, as you can see below.
Use flooring with hints of blue or create a blue backsplash to infuse some life and personality to an otherwise neutral kitchen. Likewise, consider using blue kitchen cabinets if what you want is to have a sophisticated design for the kitchen. All these options are a great way to add a splash of distinction to cooking spaces full of neutral tones.
Neutral shades are the most popular choice for bathrooms due to their contemporary, simple look and their easiness to style. But it shouldn’t mean that adding blue touches in your bathroom design is totally off-limits. Indeed, it is quite the opposite. The trick is to use them subtly and mixed with whites and other neutrals, achieving a timeless design that will age well for years to come.
Blue Living Room
In the same way, the combination of classic blue and earthy tones will immediately give rise to a sense of harmony into your living space. In this spacious family home, designed by the architect Julio Valiela, the pearly white sofa combines perfectly with the blue tones used in the cushions and the carpet and the almond shades of the wood effect wall tiles. Once again, the key is to combine different textures, finishes and shades, achieving an effect that is classical, luxurious and traditional yet innovative.