Celebrate the year with classic blue

The solid indigo hue is intriguing, enigmatic and resonates with most people

Celebrate the year with classic blue

Rashmi Gopal Rao

It is that time of the year again when the Pantone Colour Institute heralds global trends by offering colour directives and announcing the colour of the year. The colour that ushers in 2020, with which begins the new decade, is 19-4052 classic blue. The ubiquitous colour instantly conjures images of the sky at dusk, placid waters, or even perfectly ripened blue berries, and brings in a feeling of confidence, stability and reliability. This solid indigo hue is intriguing, enigmatic, and resonates with most people.

“The attractive shade is a symbol of understated elegance and sophistication, classic blue brings peppy vibes to any space,” says Hemil Parikh of Elysium Abodes LLP.

Ideas aplenty

Enduring and therapeutic, this colour adds character to your interiors. Whether you are setting up a new home or refurbishing an existing one, here are numerous ways to incorporate this colour into your space, right from curtains, accessories, furniture, soft furnishings, wallpaper, and even paint.

Spruce up your living room with a few hints of classic blue in upholstery, cushions, artefacts like blue pottery and porcelain, or even a classic blue mid-century modern sofa placed against a bright white wall.

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    n You can pair classic blue with shades like rich greens, dramatic reds, orange and charcoals.

  • If you want to create an unusual colour palette, pair it with shades of grey, teal and yellow.

  • “Match wooden or white laminates with classic blue to break the monotony of the dark swatch and stop it from over saturating the room. Colours like walnut and oak work great with classic blue,” says Basshobe Majumdar of HomeLane.

  • Try not to use the colour for small rooms with less natural light or spaces meant to be cosy like a library, media room or den.

  • Airy rooms and white light best complement this colour.

“If you don’t want to experiment much, then just add some glam quotient by treating your windows in classic blue. If you are a minimalist, opt for a dichromatic scheme by picking curtains in a neutral shade and pair these with sheer curtains in classic blue,” says Saloni Khosla of Bespoke, Pepperfry.

For bedrooms, you can choose to layer it up. Classic blue throw blankets, pillows and rugs add a pop of colour to the background while a blue lampshade will help in setting the tone of the space. A classic blue chest of drawers or side table can also add a dash of vibrancy.

When it comes to the kitchen, classic blue cutlery and dishes can add just the right amount of style and panache.

“Kitchen cabinets in classic blue lend a chic feel when paired with marble counters while tiling your floor in ultra-marine will give it a playful edge” adds Parikh.

Balconies too can be made vibrant spaces with tiny classic blue planters, paired with oversized floor cushions. A rich classic blue faux-wicker sofa along with a coffee table can add to the rejuvenating vibes. True-blue main doors always have a unique appeal and are known to enhance a home’s curb appeal. 

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