Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 – Classic Blue

Has it really been a year since Pantone said Living Coral was the colour for 2019? How many people used this colour in their home? Or bought a coral coloured dress? I think the colour of 2019 practically shouted it’s existent but not many of us could integrate it into our lives so it quietly slipped away, a bit like my 21st birthday. Loud, bright, fun but best forgotten! 🙂

 The Classic Blue Hue - Picture: Panton
The Classic Blue Hue – Picture: Panton
 The inky blue tones of my  Denby pottery
The inky blue tones of my Denby pottery

Classic blue, however, is just as loud but in a subtle way. It’s not as aggressive as it’s predecessor and, as Pantone have put it, “a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on”. As living coral was such a strong colour, I couldn’t see it being the centrepiece of a room and more of a colour of accents and cushions. Classic blue however is so versatile it can be used on walls, floors, large pieces of furniture and soft furnishings. But hasn’t it all be done before? I’ve had Stiffkey Blue in my bedroom for three years and I find myself increasingly turning my back on blue and going for more adventurous colours.

 As Swoon Editions have called it, Lego Colours! Picture:  Swoon Editions
As Swoon Editions have called it, Lego Colours! Picture: Swoon Editions
 Wonderful velvet blues with Classic Blue in artwork by  Fenton & Fenton
Wonderful velvet blues with Classic Blue in artwork by Fenton & Fenton
 Beautiful artwork by  Kate Meyes
Beautiful artwork by Kate Meyes

Blue is already such a popular colour within the home and perhaps we’ll see more of it next year on the catwalks. It is probably safe to say that most homes have blue in their décor from seaside inspired bathrooms to dark inky tones in the kitchen. Dark blues have been extremely popular over the last couple of years with Farrow & Balls Hague Blue appearing in living rooms and kitchens, dark blue kitchen units and painted woodwork.

 I love the dark inky tones of Farrow & Balls Hague Blue in my kitchen
I love the dark inky tones of Farrow & Balls Hague Blue in my kitchen
 It’s the same colour! Hague Blue in the living room. Instagram:  @nest_twenty_eight
It’s the same colour! Hague Blue in the living room. Instagram: @nest_twenty_eight
 Sandra’s bedroom is to die for! Blue door painted in Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball. Instagram:  @the_idle_hands
Sandra’s bedroom is to die for! Blue door painted in Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball. Instagram: @the_idle_hands

I think Classic Blue is neither navy or cobalt, it sits happily in the middle and for that reason I believe it will continue to be a popular colour choice for many home enthusiasts. It is such a wonderfully versatile colour that you can use it with a huge range of shades and in every room. Pair it with canary yellow, tone it down with a dusky pink, or match it with forest green. It can either be the centrepiece of a room or the piece that pulls a colour scheme together. Who on Instagram is already using Classic Blue to fabulous results?

 Robyn is already winning with Classic Blue in her bedroom! Instagram:  @almost_everything_off_ebay
Robyn is already winning with Classic Blue in her bedroom! Instagram: @almost_everything_off_ebay
 This blue comfortably pulls the wood and patterned tiles together in this kitchen shot Instagram:  @_lucky_11_
This blue comfortably pulls the wood and patterned tiles together in this kitchen shot Instagram: @_lucky_11_
 This blue can work wonderfully with pinks and greens Chair by  Julian Joseph . Instagram:  @melaniejadedesign
This blue can work wonderfully with pinks and greens Chair by Julian Joseph . Instagram: @melaniejadedesign
 The lovely Classic Blue Headboard and bed side table paired with brighter blue cushions. Instagram:  @the_boys_at_13
The lovely Classic Blue Headboard and bed side table paired with brighter blue cushions. Instagram: @the_boys_at_13
 Blue and Yellow proving a popular theme on Instagram!  @the_boys_at_13
Blue and Yellow proving a popular theme on Instagram! @the_boys_at_13
 A wonderfully blue facade in Philadelphia Instagram:  @occasionally.in.ohio
A wonderfully blue facade in Philadelphia Instagram: @occasionally.in.ohio
 Katie ahead of the trends once again with her classic blue theme Instagram:  @comedowntothewoods
Katie ahead of the trends once again with her classic blue theme Instagram: @comedowntothewoods

How can you integrate this into your home? Classic Blue is such an easy colour to use, you can pretty much do anything with it. Try painting a whole room this colour, including the woodwork, or gradually add it as an accent wall. Get a blue velvet sofa and match it with abstract pieces of art. Jazz up your plain white kitchen with pops of blue from the kitchenware to lampshades and plant pots. The possibilities are endless!

 A very classically blue collection
A very classically blue collection
  1. Brompton Midnight Blue Bed – Happy Beds

  2. Indigo Marvel II Framed Print – Beaumonde

  3. Velvet Cushion in Blue – Cox and Cox

  4. Fitzroy Lacquered Table Lamp with Terrazzo Shade – Cotterell & Co

  5. Once Upon Our Time Wallpaper – Minehart

  6. Hogan Blue Woven Basket – Habitat

  7. Branagh Sofa Bed in Electric Blue Velvet – Made.com

  8. Jordan Blue Rattan Pendant – Beaumonde

  9. Nashville Armchair in royal blue – Cult Furniture

  10. Studio Indigo Blue Tiles – Elobina

  11. Dip Dye Navy Rug – The Design Hunter Pty Ltd

 Blue goes so well with dusky pink and mustard
Blue goes so well with dusky pink and mustard
  1. Plushious Velvet Dusky Pink Bedspread – French Bedroom

  2. Wish Poster – Juniqe

  3. As above

  4. As above

  5. Mid-century Media Console – West Elm

  6. Karlsson Mr Blue Clock – Ebay UK

  7. Blush Pink & Navy Geometric Cushion – Red Bubble

  8. As above

  9. As above

  10. Nashville Armchair in Pink – Cult Furniture

  11. Mid-century Storage Coffee Table in Acorn – West Elm

  12. Ankara Wool Kilim Rug – La Redoute

So, with a new decade upon us as we say goodbye to 2019, do you think you’ll use Classic Blue? Apparently blue is the worlds favourite colour and I can see why. We are consistently looking to nature and the great outdoors to help us reconnect with the world and blue instantly gives us a feeling of calm and well being from the aqua of the seas to the azures of the skies. As Leatrice Eiseman, executive Director of the Pantone 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 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on”. Compared to recent Pantone colours of the year including Living Coral, Ultra Violet and Radiant Orchid, I can see an abundance of this colour in our homes, in fashion and even down to the nail polish that we wear. I like the colour, but I really feel Pantone have played it too safe with the next COTY and although it is an easier colour to use in the home than Ultra Violet or Living Coral, this will be forgotten for being to underwhelming.

Mel x

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