The Handbook
The Handbook

Every year the interiors world waits with baited breath to find out what Pantone’s Colour of the Year will be. There was last year’s ‘Living Coral,’ a vibrant, almost day glow peachy-pinky-orange and it’s predecessor ‘Ultra Violet’ which sounds very modern but looks very 2001. Then there was our favourite – joint winners Rose Quartz and Serenity in 2016, which was baby pink and baby blue. The fact that they picked two gender-specific shades was perhaps the most 2016 to happen in 2016.

In Coleen Rooney-style big reveal this year’s is… Classic Blue. Apologies for the anticlimax but apparently it means a lot. Since 1963 Pantone have released a colour each year that sets the tone for everything from fashion trends to interior tastes, branding to marketing.

Pantone spoke of the new hue, suggesting it instills “calm, confidence, and connection, ” and that it creates a “stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Perhaps they’re talking about the 2019 election?

We’ve jumped on the bandwagon and have roundup up four ways to incorporate Classic Blue into your home, plus the products you need to do so.

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Add Accessories If You're A Commitment-Phobe

Classic Blue is a bold choice if you’re a bit of an interiors wallflower so keep it simple with dots of the shade throughout. From vases and decorative pieces to statement cushions on a pure white sofa, there are plenty of ways to nod to 2020’s coolest colour. Don’t be afraid to mix the bold blue with greens for a luxury look – we love’s conversation-starting prints like this Tatler one. Large Zabiya Decorative Vase June 1963 by The Tatler Wall Art Print £65 Ondello Mirror £350

Invest In A Great Kitchen

deVOL is the brand on every interiors lover’s mouth when it comes to kitchens right now. The British design studio create homely, handmade and quality kitchens that marry countryside cosiness with a modern cool. Blue cupboards against a marble counter top are painfully on trend but aren’t so out there that they will date. If a whole kitchen overhaul isn’t on the cards, there are plenty of bold blue accessories to update a tired cooking space, from gold metallic touches to cool blue tiles – we rate Fired Earth.

M&S 12 Piece Tribeca Dinner Set £39.50
Trading Depot Brushed Gold Boiling Tap £349.99
Fired Earth Acapulco Lozano Tiles £3.95 each
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Introduce An Accent Chair

Whether you’re in need of an accent chair for a tired space, a new sofa or dining chairs to elevate your entertaining space, go bold with blue. Velvet is the perfect fabric to carry off Pantone’s royal blue shade, adding an even richer, deeper feel. But painted wooden chairs will also add an eclectic vibe if used in a dining space. Boltan Dining Chair In Blue Velvet £169
Arighi Bianchi Blue Cherry Stool £75
John Lewis West Elm Hamilton Large 3 Seater Sofa £1,299

Paint The Walls Blue In A Living Room

Wall to wall classic blue might sound terrifying but it can really work. Farrow & Ball’s ‘Pitch Blue’ is fairly close to Pantone’s pick (and we think much nicer) but it will look different depending on the light in the room. We love it plastered over wood panelled walls or even on a ceiling for a dramatic effect. Mix with murky greens, rich textures and gold accessories.

John Lewis Louis De Poortere Cracks Abyss Rug from £300
West Elm Art Display Round Coffee Table £349
Farrow & Ball Pitch Blue Paint Colour order a sample pot for £4.50