Classic Blue

Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020 is Classic Blue, a calm, confident enduring hue that promises connection and stability.

Classic Blue

Pantone Colour of the Year

The Pantone Color Institute is the consulting arm of Pantone (the global colour experts) that forecasts colour trends and advises companies on colour in brand identity and product development. The panel of experts visit global events such as Fashion Week, art exhibitions and pop-up shops while researching. They look at street wear, cars and technology, cosmetics and spending habits.  They assess the economic, political and social environment that we find ourselves in globally.

Whilst not one to follow trends, it seems to me that there is something very on point about Pantone’s offering this year – Classic Blue simply feels right.  It has been a difficult few years politically, environmentally and socially and we are all trying to make sense of it culturally. The colour blue is timeless and enduring and highlights our desire for a dependable, stable foundation from which to build as we tentatively step into a new decade. 

Classic Blue holds attention

Compared to a mid-tone or lighter blue, Classic blue has depth. Deeper hues make a statement and hold our attention.  It is purposeful and powerful but is does not shout.

Psychology of Blue

Blue is all around us.  It is the colour of the sea and the sky. Associated with stability, blue is considered to be beneficial to the body and mind as it slows the metabolism and has a natural calming effect. Blue instills calm and tranquility, confidence and security. There are several ways we can use this colour in our homes to help us feel restored.

In our Homes

Treat it as a neutral – Classic Blue makes the perfect backdrop for warm wood, especially mid tones, and offsets antiques and mid-century modern furniture beautifully.

Classic Blue and warm wood
Classic Blue as a backdrop to wood

As a statement colour in the form of a large piece of furniture such as a sofa, bath or kitchen island, to anchor a space.

Statement sofa from Loaf

Layer blue on blue, for striking monochromatic interior scheme.  Soften clean lines with textures and contrasting materials will add character and help the space feel welcoming and inviting.

Monochrome blue bedroom
Monochrome scheme in Classic Blue

Classic Blue works particularly well in a bedroom – soothing and calm. Pair with white linens and white architectural detailing for a classic

As an accent colour, consider injecting it into a scheme with careful accessorising or use of traditional prints such as Chinoiserie or toile de jouy for a modern take on a historical look.

Classic Blue colour combinations

Go against the common advice that ‘blue and green should never be seen’ and combine blue and green in an analogous colour scheme that is both harmonious and grounding.

Complement blue with orange in a contrasting colour scheme. Burnt orange offsets deep blue beautifully.

Classic Blue and burnt orange

For a fresh, modern take, combine blue with pastel pink, seen here accessorised with rose gold which adds warmth to this bedroom scheme.

Classic Blue and pastel pink

Blue is, without doubt, one of the strongest hues of the colour spectrum. Deep, bold hues, such as navy and royal blue, are great for evoking confidence and are associated with admirable qualities such as loyalty, trust, peace and success. Classic Blue instills a feeling a of calm and tranquility at home which makes it great for bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces where you want to relax.

For more inspiration check out Pinterest, where you will also find image sources and inspiration for many other blue colour schemes from cerulean to denim blue. Johanna Davies Interior Design on Pinterest.