Classic Blue: How to bring Pantone’s Colour of the Year into your home

Pantone describes its Classic Blue as a timeless, enduring shade that instills calm and creates connection. Here, ideas for adding a little blue hue to your life.

After 2018’s bold Ultra Violet and 2019’s vivid Living Coral, Pantone, one of the world’s great authorities on colour, has chosen a perennial blue shade as its 2020 Colour of the Year.

It’s called Classic Blue and, says Pantone, was selected because of its sense of peace and tranquillity – qualities it believes the world needs a little more of at the moment.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. “It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue we can always rely on.”

Pantone describes the “timeless, enduring” hue as being suggestive of the sky at dusk, and one that instills calm. The colour, says Architectural Digest, is “perfectly aligned with interior design’s gradual return to traditional decorating styles. Blue unites classic design genres ranging from chinoiserie to Americana.”

Here, suggestions about how to incorporate Classic Blue into your home.

Make a statement

Consider adding a large statement piece in this traditional shade. Pieces like an oversized velvet couch or an expansive area rug will bring a peaceful vibe to a living area. The good news is that Classic Blue is a great partner for greys, one of interior decorating’s biggest trends, so furniture in this timeless hue will fit in perfectly with a grey-washed colour scheme. You might also think about investing in new dining chairs or re-covering old ones in this shade: they will make a vivid centrepoint to your dining area.

Make it small

You can have too much of a good thing, so think about adding subtle touches of Classic Blue into a room. A lamp base, cushions and artworks with tinges of the shade will add a calm feel to a bedroom where neutral colours rule. Or bring the peaceful colour into your bathroom by maybe repainting a cabinet or vanity: a perfect offset in the eternally popular all-white bathroom.

Make a match

Pantone has some great suggestions on how to use Classic Blue in step with other colours. In the “Ponder” colourway, Pantone suggests matching the shade with peach, baby blue, ecru and a stone colour called Stucco to “induce a gently calming effect”. “Snorkel” evokes a tropical getaway, blending Classic Blue with watermelon pink, lime, soft blue and chartreuse. For “Desert Twilight”, shades like silver, aluminium and amber team with the hue to create “a glittery grouping of sophisticated shades”. Austral Bricks’ Venetian Glass brick in “Golden Amber” would be the perfect addition to that grouping.

Get more style inspiration about using blue here.

Make a splash

While you’re unlikely to want to live in a whole room of Classic Blue, subtle touches, using paint, are a great way to incorporate this colour in your home. Why not update your front door, adding brass or copper hardware as a counterpoint to the traditional hue? If you’re a blue lover, a feature wall in a dining room or living room will add a brilliant focal point: and hang an artwork that features hues from Pantone’s suggested colourways.

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