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Classic Blue: A colour you can depend on in 2020

BACK in December, when colour powerhouse Pantone announced its Color of the Year for 2020, few would have realised quite how significant this year’s pick – Classic Blue – would become.

Pantone, the world’s leading authority on colour, has been predicting colour trends since 2000 and each year, its announcement shapes what hues we’ll see in the worlds of marketing, branding, fashion and, of course, interiors over the coming 12 months.

Classic Blue (or Pantone 19-4052) was this year’s pick; a dark and broody blue that manages to be both endearingly simple yet beautifully elegant.

At the time, Pantone said of its choice: “The reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

Well, if we can be certain of one thing right now, we need a dependable and stable foundation as we embrace this strange new era.

All hail Classic Blue.

Goodbye grey

Grey has been the go-to colour when it comes to home-makeovers for the best part of a decade. But in the few months since Classic Blue was first championed, the dominance of grey has started to crumble as homeowners seek to inject bold blues into their schemes.

The beauty of Classic Blue is in part down to its versatility. It works well in all manner of settings, from period properties to modern new builds, from living rooms and bathrooms to entrance halls and kitchens.

Dark blue shades can invoke a feeling a calm and those who want to commit can opt for a four-wall makeover. And whether you choose a paint or wallpaper job, the market has a wealth of quality options to suit all budgets.

Paint supremos Farrow & Ball have created some stunning dark blues, including Hague Blue and Stiffkey Blue, which both ooze grandeur and work beautifully in large and small settings. Dulux’s Lost Lake is similarly dramatic.

When it comes to wallpaper, again, the UK is home to some amazingly talented wallpaper brands – both big and small – whose creations are transforming British homes. Cult Furniture’s Prism Geometric Wallpaper in Blue offers a subtle art deco-inspired geometric print against a brooding blue backdrop. Ideal for an accent wall, it will draw the eye without dominating. 

Don’t hide these hand-glazed mugs from Cox & Cox in your kitchen cupboard, get them on show. £65 for six

Hey, good cooking

Gone are the days when kitchen cupboards were available solely in white and cream. The rise in colourful kitchen cabinets has been one of the big interior stories of recent years, as homeowners look to inject some real wow factor into the home’s hardest working room.

If you are considering a full kitchen renovation, Classic Blue should be right up there when considering your cabinetry. It is sophisticated and works well with a lot of metallics, making it an ideal choice for kitchen cupboards.

It’s not a cheap makeover or a quick fix by any long stretch, so if budget is an issue (when is it not), you could consider upcycling your old cupboards with some specialist furniture paint.

Otherwise, painting your kitchen walls in a rich blue hue is always an option – just remember to use a kitchen-specific paint to withstand steam and spillages.

Alternatively, as the kitchen continues to cement itself as the heart of the family home, don’t forget there are plenty of Classic Blue-inspired accessories to add a touch of style (and stability) right now. From practical additions such as a utensil holder or a new crockery stand to more decorative touches, like some striking wall art or even a picture frame or two. 

Navy is a beautiful choice for a new kitchen, as shown in this Esher Dark Shaker Style Kitchen from Brayer Design, which combines traditional shaker cabinetry with modern appliances.