Kicking off the New Year, as well as a new decade, the much-anticipated Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 has been revealed as Classic Blue 19-4052. The Pantone Color Institute has picked this particular shade to instill confidence, calm and connection in these uncertain times. The timeless blue hue is reminiscent of the sky at dusk and evokes a sense of peace and tranquility.

Classic Blue can be used to add simple accents, or you can go all out and use it as your main theme. In anticipation of this stunning blue hue appearing in interior design magazines and trend features throughout the year, we have put together our own ideas on how you can bring this classic shade into your home.

Blue velvet

A luxurious way of showcasing a splash of classic blue is by adding a velvet sofa or chair. We love the Baxter Sofa from MY Furniture, whose design has been inspired by highly collectable, mid-century, American furniture. This luxe velvet blue sofa (from £699.99) comes as a two- or three-seater and features a fluted back, matching scatter cushions and solid oak and brass legs.

Window dressing

For a hint of classic blue, a relatively low-cost option is to buy a new blind. This gorgeous Shadow Leaf Linen Admiral Roman Blind from Blinds2Go adds an exotic feel, with its botanical design taken from the depths of the jungle and brought right into the home. Starting from £25.35, it is also available as a roller blind.

Kitchen blues

Blue kitchens are at once classic and contemporary. If you fancy an update, but don’t want to go through the whole rigmarole of a new kitchen, why not add some tiles like these beautiful Oasis Blue mosaic tiles from Porcelain Superstore (priced at just £14.63/sheet).

Blue bedrooms

Blue bedrooms aren’t just for boys anymore. Mix up the shades of blue and add accents of red or pink for extra zing. This lovely blue-themed bedroom features the Paleo Linen Blue Azure Roman Blind from Blinds2Go (from £24.95). The linen fabric is not only stylish, but also adds a homely rustic feel. Endlessly practical, it even has the option for a light-filtering, blackout or thermal lining.   

Statement wall

If you really want to go bold with classic blue, there are loads of blue wallpapers out there. We were struck by the intricate design of this Uccelli (meaning birds) wallpaper from Cole & Son. The beautiful birds add just a hint of colour against a stunning backdrop, which deepens to a classic blue hue at the top.

Blue linen

Blue is a great colour for bedrooms, evoking serenity and relaxation. The Secret Linen Store has given its popular pinecones design a blue makeover. With a luxurious sateen feel, the bed linen is 100% cotton and woven in midnight blue with contrasting natural yarns (available from £89 for a king-size duvet cover). It’s accessorized beautifully here with a herringbone blue bedspread and blue marl throw.

Blue furnishings

If you just want to pay a quick nod to classic blue, how about a statement chair? This striking Coltman Armchair from MY Furniture ticks off so many trends with its distinctive chevron quilted back, velvet fabric and brushed brass finish. Available from £449.99.

Blue goes retro

If you’re a lover of geometric prints or all things retro, this blooming gorgeous Rosebud Powder Blue Roman Blind has been created by renowned designer, Orla Kiely. The block pattern has been brought to life in shades of blue and black. Available from £25.56 from Blinds2Go with the option to add blackout or thermal lining.

Blue flooring

When we came across this fabulous bathroom from @comedowntothewoods on Instagram, we immediately fell in love with the floor tiles. Featured here in marine blue, these Dandelion tiles are from Swedish company Marrakech Design. We think you’ll agree, they look stunning against the blue panelled wall.

Designer blue

Introduce florals to soften a blue colour scheme. This beautiful Calvin Klein designed bed linen set features vintage-inspired tulips and a soft cotton sateen feel. Complement the lighter blue shade with cushions and throws in classic blue and navy. This tulip set is available from Amara Living from £119.20 for a king-size duvet cover.

Blog Author: Sara Chardin

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