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How To Use Classic Blue – Pantone’s Colour Of The Year 2020

January 31, 2020

Every year Pantone announces their Colour of The Year. 2020 is going to be all about Classic Blue. By comparison to the last few years, it’s definitely a more palatable colour. Pantone’s previous offerings of Ultra Violet (a step too far for most) to last years Living Coral, a colour I personally liked but still contentious, Pantone appears to have played it safe this year. Considering blue happens to be by far the most liked colour in the western world, it’s not really going to be kicking up a storm when it comes to introducing it into our homes.

How To Use Classic Blue – Pantone’s Colour Of The Year 2020

How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | coffee mug in Pantone Colour of the Year Classic Blue

Pantone – Colour of the year, Classic Blue – coffee mug – Top Drawer

Whilst the design experts are complaining Pantone has played it too safe, you may very well appreciate Classic Blue. And as I’ve written before, trends are really just a means to introduce/guide us to potential possibilities and are not set in stone. They should be a consideration, a chance to rethink and assess our decor choices should we be looking. After all, colour is such a contentious subject to draw upon as it evokes different emotions and reactions to different people. For me personally, I’m not an advocate of blue in my own home, but it may well be something you might favour.

Classic Blue – Pantone’s Colour Of The Year 2020

How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | Diana Floor lamp in classic blue

Diana Floor Lamp In Classic Blue – Pantone 2020 – DelightFULL

Having written an in-depth post on using blue in our homes here, I thought, we’d take a look at the inevitable offerings available in terms of decor and design pieces today. I have to say my inbox has been inundated with the possibilities of its use!

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” she added. “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.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute.

How To Use Classic Blue…

Naturally Complimentary…

How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | A kitchen island uses a complimentary colour scheme of blue and orange to bring Classic Blue into your home

Heather Bar Stool with Backrest, Velvet Upholstered, Royal Blue 65cm – Cult Furniture

Look no further than the colour wheel, when pairing up Classic Blue with its natural complementary colour. Blue sits directly opposite orange, making it the perfect partner when choosing a colour scheme. It’s a bold and fun colour scheme to introduce although it can be overwhelming for some. Consider using in smaller doses to highlight focal areas such as the kitchen island above.

Classic Blue – Jewel Tones

Classic Blue when you think about it has been creeping into our homes as part of a resurgence in jewel-like colour palettes, and darker styled interiors for a while now so offers a sense of familiarity. Throw in some metallic textures and you’ll create a feeling of luxury and decadence.

How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | Living room Mood board of jewel like colours including classic blue
Frankfurt Two Seat Sofa – My Furniture | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Swatch Napoleonic Blue – Annie Sloan | Tropical Monkey Velvet Cushion (With Pad)  – AUDENZA | Freya Cushion Cover With Fringing Burnt Orange – AUDENZA | Eichholtz Castelle Chair – Sweetpea & Willow | Kashan Remix Black Rug Mineheart – Limelace | Carnaby Foot Stool in Mustard Yellow Velvet – Atkin and Thyme | Luxurious Rust Velvet Bar Stool – Gold Tipped – AUDENZA

Alternative To Black…

How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | Monochromatic Classic Blue kitchen with patterned floor to create the illusion of space

Harvey Maria Dovetail Oxford Blue By Neisha Crosland-  Harvey Maria

Whilst there’s a myriad of blues to choose from, Classic Blue is that in-between paintbox blue we loved as a child and the darker inky blues that are the perfect alternative to going over to the dark side without committing to black.

The monochromatic use of Classic Blue for the kitchen above helps create the illusion of space as lines of furniture and walls are less defined. The patterned floor lifts this scheme, adding interest. Using one colour to decorate is a great way to make a room/rooms feel larger if you’re lacking in space.

“A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Pantone 19-4052 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.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute.


How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | blue and white bathroom.

700GSM Luxury Egyptian Cotton Towels- Soak&Sleep

Our natural association with blue and water which makes bathrooms the perfect room to introduce Classic Blue to. Keep things simple with white sanitaryware and tiles and accessorise with towels.

And don’t think you have to stick to just Classic Blue either. Add a spectrum of blues into the mix and you’ll create more interest with variety.

Perfect Pairings…

How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | Classic blue velvet sofa pairs with pink panelled walls in this living room design.

Casper Sofa – Sweetpea & Willow

Consider pairing Classic Blue with on-trend pinks. Whether you opt for jewel-like fuschia or softer more popular blush pinks, they compliment each other perfectly.

Neutral Backdrops

How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | snug shack modular sofa in Classic Blue to create a modern living room space
The Rebel Classic Blue Modular Sofa from The Original Sofa in a Box Brand with Footstool
Snug Shack

Blue inevitably stands proud when paired with neutral colour schemes. Classic Blue sits nicely between formal-looking navy and lighter softer blues making it ideal for modern contemporary spaces. Allowing you to introduce colour and pattern easily with art or accessories especially if you invest in larger pieces of furniture like sofas and/or chairs. Snug Shack who I have written about before here, has introduced their Classic Blue to their range and it looks rather fabulous don’t you think?!


How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | Aizome collage wallpaper by Mind The Gap
AIZOME COLLAGE Wallpaper – Mind The Gap

Of course, if you’ve fallen in love with Classic Blue why not embrace it fully and choose a wallpaper like the Aizome Collage from Mind The Gap.

Design Tip: Consider choosing a similar colour sofa to that of your walls. This is particularly good for smaller spaces as it unifies the room making it look larger.


How To Use Classic Blue - Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2020 | Ellen dining chair in Classic Blue

Pantone 2020 | Ellen Dining Chair Classic Blue – Essential Home

So are we in favour of Classic Blue or are you a green lover like myself?

Until next time, thanks as always for stopping by!

Maria xx

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  • Reply Dinesh Kumar February 4, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Good to have blue, it represents meanings of confidence, intelligence. Great design and work.

  • Reply Medaja blogger February 4, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    I like the color of the sofa, It is beautiful.

  • Reply Interior blogger March 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Great interior inspiration!!

    • Reply Maria March 3, 2020 at 5:18 pm


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