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Classic blue decor: Pantone colour of the year 2020

Pantone colour of the year 2020

In a surprise revival, the Pantone colour of the year 2020 is Classic Blue. Deviating from recent years where the colours have been more trend focussed and forward-thinking, Pantone has decided that we need a bit more of a conventional palette in our lives.

‘We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Pantone 19-405 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on.’ Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute.

Aptly named, Classic Blue works on many levels and that’s why it’s pegged to be huge this year. It’s a colour for those who like to look outside the box and those who prefer to stick to time tested decor styles. A truly dependable tone. What better way to kickstart a new decade of decor?

Explore four fantastic ways you can make Pantone’s colour of 2020 feel right at home!

Keep coasting

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW: ‘Feather Me Blue’

Hamptons style is incredibly popular because it evokes luxury, whilst keeping things crisp and clean. Classic Blue is perfectly paired with white and is a core part of this decor style.

Pantone colour of the year 2020 is blue
RICH: ‘Orchid Blue’ and white feels decadent

‘Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.’

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GET CAUGHT UP: with the current of ‘Riptide’

‘Easily applied across so many different materials, textures, and finishes, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a dependable blue that can take you in many different directions, expressing tradition and elegance, as well as unexpected boldness.’

Pantone colour of the year 2020 accessories
Image credit: Etsy

Adding rattan accents that feature this deep and friendly blue will lend a natural feel to any well polished decor. Introduce an earthly element for a modern take on a classic style.

Orange you glad it’s retro?

Pantone colour of the year 2020 retro
CATCHY: ‘Fishing Boats In The Harbour’ is a swimming addition

On the flip side, Classic Blue can breathe new life into a retro look too. It can give your room or home a real sense of character and personality. This style is all about fun and is full of energy!

Pantone colour of the year 2020 blue and orange
A FRUITY TWIST: with ‘Pulp Fiction’ in your kitchen

Classic Blue may sound old and stuffy, but it can pack a punch. It provides an excellent base for a more traditional palette or you can contrast with bolder colours like Glistening, Mango or Lime Punch.

Pantone colour of the year 2020 couch
Image credit: Chaplins

Stitch it all together with a delicious vintage orange tone (think tangerine, persimmon, or ginger – yum!). This will give you a retro feel without seeming dated.

You can ease your way in gently by picking a piece of retro furniture to pair with blue artwork or double down with Classic Blue furniture and retro art.

Pantone colour of the year 2020 ideas
ANNOUNCE: your vibes with ‘Orange Fanfare’

An art deco touch like ‘Orange Fanfare’ or a pop of burnt orange is a wonderful complement and displays a sense of cheerful nostalgia.

A total bluesfest

Pantone colour of the year 2020 home decor
STAY WILD: with ‘It’s A Jungle Out There’

For true blue lovers wanting to walk on the wild side, why not try layering hues to create the ultimate in soothing and invigorating decor?

Just think of the exquisite natural splendour of our planet – sea, sky, and sapphires to name just a few! You can be inspired by these worldly beauties every time you walk into a room with a range of blues.

Pantone colour of the year 2020 artwork
COME IN: from ‘Out Of The Blue’

Classic Blue also offers depth and texture without overwhelming the eyes or brain, which is why it works magnificently in abstract art. So make the most of it: paint your walls blue, add blue furniture and furnishings, bedding or artwork and cap it off with a touch of light wood, green plants or brass.

Pantone colour of the year 2020 bedding
Image credit: Cox & Cox 

You can choose whether you go softly, softly or super bold with a monochromatic approach— depending on your preferences, personality and existing decor.

Detecting an accent?

Pantone colour of the year 2020 sofa
SUNSHINE: all year round with ‘Summer Regatta’

Perhaps the best part of adding the Pantone 2020 Colour to your home is that it can be done so easily with the purchase of a few simple accent pieces. Start small with a vase, set of tumblers, light shades, artwork or cushions.

Pantone colour of the year 2020 accents
Image credit: Sur La Table
Pantone colour of the year 2020 lighting
Image credit: Derek Marshall

Alternatively, incorporating a statement furniture piece— such as a sofa, ottoman or bed— is a great way to show off your Classic-inspired confidence!

Pantone colour of the year 2020 classic blue
NOTHING BOLDER: than ‘Ballsy Blue’

No matter your base palette, Pantone’s Classic Blue will work in effortlessly. This tone is timeless, not OTT, so you won’t be sick of it in six months time.

For more inspiration, dive into the blue with our full collection of classic and contemporary art prints.

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