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Pantone Colour Of The Year

Classic Blue is Pantone's colour of the year for 2020

Colour company Pantone has revealed PANTONE 19-4052 "Classic Blue" as its colour of the year for 2020.

Announced on December 4th the deep - cobalt-like - blue is is described by Pantone as "a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection."

"Associated with the return of another day, this universal favourite is comfortably embraced" it added.

Below, we look at 3 homes that beautifully use blue to add a striking impact without being overpowering.


Revisit previous Pantone colour selections

Colours of the year 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity
Colour of the year 2017: Greenery
Colour of the year 2018: Ultra Violet
Colour of the year 2019: Living Coral


A Young Family's Home in The Hague

Image source : Femkeido

Image source : Femkeido

Netherlands based design studio Femkeido used a classic deep blue to transform this family home on the North coast sea city of The Hague. The secret to using a dark colour in your home is knowing where to use it, how much to use and what to pair with it. This living room gets treated to a good deal of natural light but even so - painting the entire wall in a deep hue would run the risk of making the room seem dark and feel overpowered.

This home is a beautiful example of how a rich deep blue like this years Pantone colour can add a sense of sophistication and luxury. The wall shelf partition, light grey sofa and that white Louis Poulsen Panthella light all allow the blue to do its magic whilst ensuring the room as a whole stays light and airy.


A Parisian apartment with a touch of classic blue

Image source : Anne-Laure Dubois

Image source : Anne-Laure Dubois

This Parisian apartment is another wonderful example of a darker colour like this blue can be used as a focal point within a bright, minimal, almost Scandi inspired space. Dark blue tiles and kitchen counter add a much welcome pop of colour, contrasting perfectly with the pale poplar plywood kitchen, white walls and original wooden floors. Copper pendant lights above the kitchen counter add warmth and help unite the space.

Throughout the rest of the apartment, blue is used as an accent colour which helps to create a thread of continuity - a great idea to implement in your home if you're intending to use blue as a statement. You can view more of this incredible apartment here.


A warm, sophisticated home in Toronto, Canada

Image source : Angus Fergusson via House & Home

Image source : Angus Fergusson via House & Home

We've talked about taking care to avoid an overly dark interior when using deeper hues so far but that's not to say that this blue can't be beautifully utilised alongside other dark elements. This gorgeous family home in Canada features warm rich hues, black wood panelling, a combination of natural materials and pops of blue throughout. The blue (with the stair runner being the highlight) is a stroke of genius, adding an extra dash of personality to the interior.

This home, like the Parisian apartment above, is a great example of how a common feature such as a bold colour can create continuity and help the flow throughout a space.


It is always worth noting that your interior shouldn't be shaped by trends and that the pieces you bring into your home should offer longevity but if you are planning to introduce blue to your interior, and painting your walls isn't an option, there are some beautiful examples of timeless design that we sell right here at Utility. You can find a few of our favourites below.


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