Classic Blue is Colour of the Year 2020 by Pantone, the American colour coding company whose swatches are the reference point for designers worldwide.
A rich shade close to cobalt, between navy and royal, is “a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity”, according to Pantone.
Described as “solid and dependable” and a shade “we can always rely on” by Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman.
This colour will make a strong statement on its own — as a bold feature wall or as an accessory against a neutral backdrop — or layered with other lighter shades of blue, such as denim or sky, for a tonal look.
Heralding good news for interiors fans who embraced grey with enthusiasm, the deep blue will pair well with many shades already in our homes.
On the catwalk
We’ve already seen the colour on the catwalk in next year’s collections.
British fashion designer Stella McCartney included rich, blue looks in her Spring/Summer 202 show at Paris Fashion Week last year.
Using the shade in homes
Instagrammers the world over have been championing mid to dark blues for the past few years.
“These deep blues became popular in 2013 and have been becoming more mainstream and familiar ever since,” says Dulux creative director, “They are perfect for spaces where we want to sleep, dream and relax — it’s a colour you can dive into and of course blue is the world’s favourite colour.”
Stylist Alex Stedman and writer Kate Watson Smyth, are among interiors influencers to have used blue hues such as Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue — on walls and features in their homes to stunning effect.
“Dark blues have proved a popular choice within the home, especially in the kitchen as dark blue cabinets look very elegant and make an impressive design statement,” say interior designers Nicola Keenan and Nicola Lindsell.”
The dark blues work really well when paired with warm natural woods and can also provide grounding and depth to neutral colour schemes.”
“Pantone’s Classic Blue works well as an accent colour or as the main colour within a room scheme, for instance by painting the walls and ceiling,” adds Keenan.
Colour of the Year 2019
Last year’s Colour of the Year was Living Coral, a lively shade pitched between orange and peach.
Design TV presenter Michelle Ogundehin argued that it was “simply too saccharine, bright and ripe to be remotely relaxing”.
What colour are you planning for your new home interior this year?