Pantone reveals its colour of the year 2020

According to the American Colour Company: PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue, is a timeless and enduring blue hue elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of Classic Blue offer the promise of protection; highlighting our desire for a dependable and stable foundation from which to build.

Here are five of our favourite interiors which feature this exciting and enduring hue.


Interior designer Suzy Hoodless’ imaginative use of colour has transformed her terraced home from bleak to chic.Cabinets painted a bold, matt blue bring an otherwise pared-back kitchen to life. Suzy says she can’t imagine life withoutthe saturated colour.

(Image credit: James Merrell)


In a new rug collection in collaboration with FLOOR_STORY, 2LG Studio has mirrored the palettes and forms found throughout their home.

Named Pill, Archway, Portal and Portal Inverse the rugs are a great way to introduce the duo’s distinctive style and colour palette into your home.

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‘Don’t be afraid to experiment,’ says David Mottershead, managing director of Little Greene.‘Using contrasting or even clashing colours is very powerful, but harmonising shades in the same tone can be equally effective – it’s really a question of personal taste. Remember to sample colours first, though – that’s one ofthe most important rules of decorating,’ David adds.

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This space has a warm, cocooning feel thanks to the rich colour palette and bold textiles. The white painted floor boards create a sense of balance, while the upholstered headboard resting on the bed frame creates drama.

(Image credit: Paul Massey)


From its London Wallpapers V collection,Little Greene’s St James’s Park damask was modelled on a pattern found in Marlborough House – a whopping mansion built by Sir Christopher Wren for the Duchess of Marlborough (a close confidante of Queen Anne). Now those are some walls we wish could talk. Add a subtle, light-to-dark ombré effect in a shade of classic blue and suddenly it’s fit for 2020.

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Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.