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How to use Pantone’s 2020 COTY Classic Blue in your home

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Evocative of ‘the sky at dusk’, Pantone has revealed its choice of Colour of the Year 2020: Classic Blue.

While the colours that Pantone chooses are not necessarily specific to interior design (and rather represent the collective zeitgeist of the world at this moment in time), we’ve finally landed on a colour that can be used pretty much anywhere in the home!

According to Pantone: “Classic Blue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

It also remarks on the psychological benefits of using blue, a colour that remains a firm favourite to the world. “Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit, offering refuge” as well as “aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity”.

For many in the interior design community, the choice of this “timeless and elegant hue” is not really new at all, at least in this regard. In fact, it’s a shade that’s been used for years across a myriad of applications both large and small but one which we’ll no doubt be seeing more of in the coming year.

Using Classic Blue as an Accent

The saturated quality of this particular shade of blue – stronger than a soft sky blue but not as intense as a midnight blue – means it will grab attention in more neutrally-decorated spaces.

If you’re just stepping your toe into using colour, then smaller accessories like cushions, candles, books, trays and the like will allow you to try it out without overwhelming your senses. A vivid blue throw on a soft oatmeal-coloured sofa will grab attention and mixing it with other colours with a similar saturation is a nice way to mix things up a bit.

It also works well to offset warmer shades – like a deep blue cushion on a warm caramel-leather sofa – providing a less impactful but thoroughly interesting contrast.

Consider bringing in some bold artwork in primary shades or choosing a single accent piece like a small side table where the shade makes up only around 10% of the colours you use in the space.

Using Classic Blue with Other Colours

Classic Blue pairs beautifully with other bold shades like orange or rust, its opposite on the colour wheel. These stronger shades will add energy to a room, the contrast lighting it up so consider this combination in areas of the home where you want to enliven conversation or remain alert like an office space or a dining room.

You can also consider various different shades of blue within the same room (designers call this harmonious colours) which will provide a sense of calm and serenity, perfect for a bedroom or bathroom.

Using Classic Blue on Walls or Larger Pieces

For bigger impact, consider a sofa in a rich shade of Classic Blue, flooring with a deep blue pattern or a bold accent rug which will draw the eye and zone a space. Feeling braver? This shade could easily be used on all four walls in a bedroom, playroom, library or snug.

We’re seeing more and more kitchen cupboards in blue tones this year or if that’s too much commitment, perhaps painting a bathroom vanity in this rich hue will create the impact you’re looking for. Larger expanses of Classic Blue will change the mood in the room, creating a rich and exciting space that won’t be soon forgotten.

Want to read about Pantone’s previous choices? Check out our posts here: 2019 COTY Living Coral / 2018 COTY Ultra Violet


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