Every year, Pantone announces its Colour of the Year and while some have seen unusual choices and tricky shades to work with, 2020 is all about Classic Blue. A fantastic hue for all rooms of the home but especially good for kitchens, it’s a tone that works wonderfully in both classic and contemporary designs. Pantone says that its 19-4052 Classic Blue instils calm, confidence and connection and is an enduring blue hue that highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build, as we cross the threshold into a new era.
With this in mind, we’ve suggested some ways in which to integrate this colour into your kitchen. From a wallpaper feature wall and accent seating to floorcoverings, wall tiles and window dressings, there are plenty of subtle ways to add an injection of classic blue as well as ideas for going all out with a bold blue scheme.
1) Complement classic blue painted cabinets with similar shades for wall tiles, paint and flooring. Harvey Maria’s Dovetail in Oxford Blue is a range of patterned luxury vinyl floor tiles designed by Neisha Crosland. Priced £46.80 per square metre, it also comes in three additional colourways and suits both traditional and modern kitchen schemes.
2) Island units are so practical, as they can be used for extra storage space as well as somewhere to sit and chat over coffee or breakfast, chop and prepare food, as well as housing the hob, dishwasher or wine cabinet. This Charnwood island is part of a kitchen collection from Mereway and features an open display base with a choice of storage inserts in Denim Blue and Dusk Blue. It also comes in 14 finishes as well as a ‘ready to paint’ option for a completely bespoke option. Price on application.
3) Add a pop of colour to a breakfast bar with luxurious velvet stools in this year’s on-trend tone. Cult Furniture’s Heather bar stools come with a sturdy curved backrest and a rich Royal Blue velvet upholstered design, priced £119 each. Added features include quilted detailing, handy footrest and striking metal legs. Matching dining chairs are also available.
4) Mix and match classic blue tiles with complementary colours such as emerald greens and off-whites. Original Style’s interior trends prediction for 2020 is New Heritage – think decorative details, find craftsmanship and timeless colourways. By using the classic qualities of historical interior décor alongside modern influences they say, you can create a space that withstands the test of time.
5) Update your kitchen lighting by hanging this attractive utility-style Toulon pendant light above an island unit, breakfast bar or dining table. Available from Garden Trading, it costs £85 and is crafted from powder coated steel.
6) Classic Blue is an ideal shade for window dressings and is versatile enough to work with most design schemes and décors. Made to measure Duette blinds from Apollo Blinds start from £162 for a 110cm x 110cm standard design.
7) Think about creating a feature area with striking wallpaper as the backdrop. Perfect for a dining area in an open-plan space, this Holden Décor Paladium Geometric Metallic wallpaper in navy is available from I Want Wallpaper and can be styled in different ways to achieve a unique look. It’s priced £9.99 per roll.
8) Rugs can be used to zone off areas within an open-plan kitchen space. Perfect for placing underneath the dining table, this Camden rug in blue from The Rug Seller, from £389, works with pale wooden furniture as well as white Scandi styles.