Design – 2020 Pantone of the Year

Another year triggers the introduction of a brand-new pantone trend. This year, pantone 19-4052 ‘Classic Blue’ enters the spotlight, instilling calm, confidence and connection.

Pantone was founded in the 1950s as the printing company in New York but is now based in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Since 2000, it has chosen a colour of the year decided from trend-forecasting research performed by the ‘Pantone Color Institute’.

This year’s chosen colour seeks peace and tranquillity above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation, a notion that has become ever important in recent times.

Pantone’s decade-launching choice might seem staid (especially in comparison to 2019’s showy Living Coral), but such a recognisable and reliable colour presents a foil to the uncertainty that the future holds, especially in the political and economic climate of late.

Pantone’s insights are aligned with interior design’s gradual return to traditional decorating styles. Blue unites classic design genres ranging from chinoiserie to Americana.

Please see the image below – Among this room’s gorgeously decorated blue walls are stunning red accent pieces – a 1950s Pierre Guariche armchair, a ’30s André Sornay stool, and a vintage leather floor lamp by Jacques Adnet. This is a room that oozes tranquillity, comfort, luxuriance and style.

A living room filled with furniture and a large window

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This Mark Cunningham-designed room perfectly demonstrates the range of the Pantone colour of the year 2020, Classic Blue. Photo by Richard Powers. Image source:

Another example (albeit a very different one) can be seen below. In this instance, Classic Blue perfectly accentuates the kitchen units against a clean and classic use of complementary colours and accessories.

A kitchen with a sink and a mirror

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Ridgewood Rowhouse, New York City, by White Arrow. Image Source:

Perfect Pantone Pairing

Geneva Desk

Just envisage this …The divine and handcrafted Geneva desk (as seen below) in Sable bird’s eye maple set against the dark & sultry background of Classic Blue, leaving the desk to illuminate brightly like precious metal. A visually breathtaking feature piece for any home or interior project.

This is our Black & Key recommendation to match with 2020’s chosen pantone!

Geneva Desk

For more information on the Geneva desk or any other pieces to match your 2020 interior project, please contact us on or 01386 574541

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