Monday has received some very bad press this past week. It is perceived as one of the most depressing days of the year due to the post-Christmas blues. We are given to believe that credit card debt, festive weight gain, and the long wait to the next pay day adds up to “Blue Monday”.

Personally I would rather not dwell on the negative aspects of the new year but embrace what it has to throw at us.

Pantone has announced this year’s colour as Classic Blue and, as such, my mailbox has been full of positive spins on this timeless tone.

Classic Blue evokes a sense of stylish serenity...

The Announcement

Pantone’s 2020 colour of the year is Classic Blue.

Pantone announced that its 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. “It’s a color that anticipates what’s going to happen next,” said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, which selects the Color of the Year.

The Selection Process

The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences.

This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

Houseology have described Classic Blue as

A timeless and enduring hue, Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity, from dusky skies to indigo oceans, Classic Blue evokes a sense of stylish serenity. Cool, calm and confident, Pantone’s Classic Blue hue is a universal favourite, a shade sure to make an impact on fashion, interior design and textiles alike…

Garden Trading

Pantone’s 2020 Colour of the Year is Classic Blue. A calming, confident hue used to create a foundation to build from in this new decade. Whether you’re ready to go bold or prefer a muted outlook, we have a blue for you.

Here’s how Garden Trading suggest you use blue hues in your home:

Extend to exteriors; blue works just as well outdoors to add a welcoming brightness to your home
Colour pop; just a hint can bring colour to any room
Tactile textures; ease into adding blue without the commitment
Go bold; choose a feature wall and dive right in
Mix it up; pair with warm neutrals and soft woods for a more muted look

Farrow&Ball

Discover our best-loved blues

Stone Blue No.86
Dix Blue No.82

Today’s bright blue skies go a long way to bringing cheer to this otherwise bleak time of year giving a whole new meaning to The Blues!