For the trendsetters out there, there’s nothing more iconic than Pantone’s announcement of their colour of the year.
The Pantone Color Institute, which started out as a commercial printing company in the 1950s, has declared their “Color of the Year” since 2000 and this year it’s a return to a colour we’re all familiar with, Classic Blue.
The nominated colour is seen as a snapshot of what is happening in global culture and has historically influenced architecture, interior design, fashion, and even food, but it’s not always a popular shade.
2019’s Living Coral, 2018’s Ultra Violet and 2017’s Greenery each caused a stir with critics who called them extreme and doubted whether it would be widely used in the lives and homes of everyday people.
In comparison to the neon shades of the past few years, Classic Blue is a colour that’s already widely used in design, especially in Hamptons-style homes, and can set a calming, comforting tone when used in any home.
Pantone describes this colour as a timeless and enduring blue hue:
“PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
“Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centres our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.”
Originally published as Pantone colour of the year 2020 is Classic Blue by Erinna Giblin.