The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2020 has been announced, and following plenty of playful hues across the past two decades, we were delighted to discover that it’s the most grown-up colour yet: Classic Blue.
Sitting somewhere between cobalt, navy and royal blue, this sophisticated shade is every bit as timeless as it sounds.
“Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity… 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.”
Particularly perfect for creating a restful space at home, “Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit.” Even better, it’s an incredibly versatile colour that can be enjoyed in any area – so let’s take a look at how we can incorporate it into our interiors this year.
The Statement Piece
Commit to colour with a stunning piece of blue furniture as your focal point. Your boldest option is to invest in upholstery, such as a blue sofa or bed frame, but you could also achieve this with eye-catching wall art such as our Marble Effect Panels, especially within a more minimalist space. One of our most popular picks, the Purcell Velvet Sofa is available in a range of sizes, including a chair, so it can even be styled as a full suite for maximum impact.
The Accent Piece
The perfect way to liven up a neutral scheme, try introducing an armchair, footstool or a couple of dining chairs that contrast with your existing décor. Alternatively, if there’s already a hint of blue in your chosen room then you can easily tie everything together with a large blue area rug in the centre of the space. An on-trend flooring update in a classic colour palette, the Nexus Octagon Rug will provide added comfort and warmth, too.
Easy to achieve and quick to refresh with the seasons, decorative items and soft furnishings can really make a room feel thoughtful and complete. Simply scatter surfaces with blue ornaments, drape a blue throw across your sofa, and don’t forget about your lighting – the Hammered Table Lamp will help to pick out those little touches and centre the whole look beautifully. To avoid the space falling flat, layer a few different shades of blue for a tonal effect.
The Complementary Colours
Once you’ve fallen for some new Classic Blue finds, it’s a good idea to balance things out with a complementary colour. Here are four perfect pairings for a diverse yet harmonious scheme…
An impactful pairing: blue and yellow
Mustard, ochre, sunshine or even gold – yellow is opposite blue on the colour wheel, which means the two tones work perfectly together. Arguably a more daring choice, this pairing is ideal for those who prefer a statement interior with real personality.
Try the Rivington Dining Chair in blue paired with a gold rug to add impact to your dining space.
A modern pairing: blue and pink
Gaining even more popularity with the rise of millennial pink, this complementary couple has the power to be fun, formal or feminine. The pleasantly plush Form Rug is a stunning accent piece that will serve to soften your scheme in more ways than one. For a neutral bedroom, the Audran Bed Frame in pink velvet will be a fun and unexpected addition, with blue accessories and soft furnishings to finish.
An elegant pairing: blue and silver
Giving a glamorous touch to any interior, silver will brilliantly offset the rich pigment of Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020. Pair statement blue chairs with a sleek chrome-detailed dining table for a chic and contemporary combination.
If you go all out with a feature wall, be sure to dress it up with cool metallic pieces, like the Nickel Cog Clock or the Mirrored Squares Wall Art. A stylish accent with functionality as an added bonus, the Chrome Goblet Ball Floor Lamp will help to anchor this look while brightening a dark corner with its icy mirror finish.
Looking for more Classic Blue inspiration? You’ll find a wide range of stylish furniture and accessories available online.