Pantone recently announced Classic Blue [19-4052] as its 2020 Colour of the Year! Invoking stillness and stability, Classic Blue is a restful colour and has an expansive, calming effect on the senses. At the same time, this quality of blue doesn’t inhibit it from being luxurious, dynamic, and versatile.
Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.– Pantone
In the spirit of mindfulness, connection and refuge, here are three ways of using Classic Blue in your interior spaces to ground and recentre, regardless of the difficulties you’re facing.
Utilizing blue cabinet doors, frames, window shutters, shelves, and home ornaments are just a few ways to introduce blue into space without having the colour dominate or overwhelm. It can soften harsh white or accent the furniture against the floor. If your space is mixed-use, blue can draw attention to a particular corner or area, and distinguish it from the rest of your space.
Classic Blue plays off wonderfully against other tones. It pops and elevates creamy neutral tones. It tones down or accentuates bold colours such as coral, orange or gold. When layered against other shades of blue, it creates rich and deep visual texturing.
Against other neutral tones such as a desaturated white or cream-themed space, blue can command attention. Go for luxurious and rich excess with varying textures of blue such as using woven carpets or velvet pillows. Add layers of sensory variety to the blues in your space!
Besides Pantone, Sherwin-Williams and PPG also announced shades of blue—Navel and Chinese Porcelain respectively—as their colours of the year. This means there will be an abundance of blue-hued design pieces and paint shades available when you’re ready to refresh your space.
Since blue is gearing up to be a staple neutral of the next decade, maybe it’s time to redefine what it might mean to have the blues?