Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 {How to use it for Interiors}

For 2020 Pantone have selected ‘Classic Blue’ as the colour of the year. The name says it all, it’s a classic. Nothing we haven’t seen before but maybe a little forgotten. In the announcement Pantone explained the choice saying it ‘…highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.’ The world is in quite a turbulent time, especially the UK so I feel the choice is quite grounding and almost presses the reset button.


From my poll on Instagram, 60% are loving the colour while 40% are finding it a little boring. With one comment saying it reminded them of ‘boring business professional blue vibes.’ So I thought I would pull together some visual inspiration of how the colour could be used in interiors, in a more contemporary way.


Ikea Canada
Tonal Blues via Ikea Canada
More commercial inspiration – maybe for a restaurant or hotel space. Source – unknown.
A touch of luxury to the bathroom in the form of tiles via


For this design, I focused on creating a calming space which takes inspiration from the desert at dusk. Using classic blue as the sofa to tie in a dusk sky, but bringing sandy colours into the walls, print and textiles. To ground the colour palette, I’ve added in black element but have mainly used it on straight edges to add structure.

Classic Blue Sofa revesre

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What’s you thought on Classic Blue for 2020?

Author: Emma White

Welcome to Apogee Interiors, a blog all about Interior Styling and Lifestyle written by Emma White. I'm beyond passionate about all things home. Interiors is what I love and this shines through my site. My taste ranges from scandi to raw industrial, so don't fear to challenge me. I want to show people how to enjoy designing and decorating your home. With hints and tips along the way. So far, I have learnt everything through trial and error, fellow bloggers and the odd book. My motto is be brave and embrace your creativity. If you love what you've done, it will look good to everyone through your passion. I hope you enjoy reading. Please get in touch about anything in the world of interiors!

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