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Pantone colour of the year 2020

Feeling blue? Then you’re seriously on trend, as global colour gurus, Pantone, name Classic Blue as its hue for 2020.

What is Classic Blue Pantone?

In old-school speak we’d call it a royal blue. It’s a classic colour indeed, sitting midway between a rich navy and a cobalt. Today, the too-cool, colour clan, have given it a romantic makeover as ‘suggestive of the sky at dusk’. Either way, this is a timeless and dependable blue for sure. A blue we all know and love – and a tranquil backlash to last year’s spirited Living Coral and the hard-to-live-with Ultra Violet from the year before. Big sighs of relief all round.

TIP: If you like the look of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, try Dulux’s Atlantic Blue or Benjamin Moore’s Downpour Blue.

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Why this colour now?

As a new decade dawns, Classic Blue will effortlessly create a calm and peaceful mood around the home. Is this the reassuring shade we need in our uncertain world? Maybe. Babble aside, it’s easy-on-the-eye. A familiar, tranquil colour we’ve probably used before and will give nervous DIY-ers the push to give it another bash. Round two. Classic Blue we’re coming for you.

TIP: Blue is a fool proof colour partner. Pare with other cool tones like green or lavender (an unexpected 2020 star to look out for) or balance with a warming turmeric yellow. You can’t go wrong with neutrals such as alabaster, nude and camel.

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Where do I start?

Anywhere really. Deep blue kitchen cabinets will never date and look fabulous with fresh white walls or a moody charcoal backdrop. Warm up with a weathered bronze tap and cool, glass light shades and you’re sorted. A navy velvet sofa is smart, relaxed and the perfect blank canvas for a seasonal update with new cushions. For the bedroom, try rich, indigo patterned wallpaper for an elegant and luxe vibe while blue-black bathroom walls tick every box.

TIP: Don’t chuck out your blush and ballet-slipper pinks just yet. These cool pink tones are a match made in designer heaven with blue, whether you like the simple Scandi look or a classic-country décor.

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But what if I’m more into green?

Blue and green should never be seen, right? Wrong. These cool colours are neighbours on the colour wheel and always go together. So try out the dark Classic Blue night-time tones with a silvery, sage green hue. Or braver souls can go for a bolder mash-up with accents of apple green and a zingy chartreuse. Go on we dare you…

TIP: Some tastemakers tip green as the colour for 2020, so if you want to get ahead of the game, pairing both colours in the same space is key. Even a flourish of faux greenery is enough to put your interior back on the map.

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