Described as “elegant in its simplicity”, “reflective” and “an anchoring foundation”, Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is making us anything but blue. Two decades after the new millennium was painted Cerulean Blue, a pivotal time in which we were challenged with both excitement and uncertainty, experts at the Pantone Color Institute recognized that similar feelings of instability grip the world today. As we embark on a new era, the trusted Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue offers a certain amount of calm and dependability. It is a timeless hue that resonates with so many of us and elicits feelings of trustworthiness, constancy and credibility that are valued in the fast-paced, often stressful world we live in today. And while many of us can find signs of Classic Blue across multiple fields, including art, fashion and technology, let’s take a closer look at how you might use this distinguished shade within your workspace.
We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute
Classic Blue in the Workplace
As we have discussed in previous blog posts, color plays an influential role on how we experience the world around us. The color scheme incorporated into an interior space requires tremendous research and planning in order to evoke the desired response from users. Genderless and seasonless, Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue is a universal favorite that is both accessible and desirable for everyone. Textile manufacturers such as HBF, Maharam and Carnegie offer a plethora of wallcovering and upholstery options in the timeless color. Kimball, Source International, OFS Brands and Hightower have also showcased Classic Blue in a number of their commercial furniture collections. Follow the included links for inspiration on how you can use Pantone’s Color of the Year within your space.
Shown Above: Kimball Pairings®
Clockwise from Top Left: Source Scape, OFS Cinque, Carnegie Zig Zag Wallcovering
Pantone has created five unique color palettes that feature Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue and can help inspire color creativity and experimentation within your space. Desert Twilight is a glittery group of shades that is surprisingly sophisticated, painting your interior like the evening sky at dusk. The Ponder palette mixes an array of cool blues with soothing, warm tones for a meditative effect. And Snorkel transports its audience to a tropical paradise, complete with dramatic pops of neon, black and white.
The Pantone Color Institute is a consulting service within Pantone which forecasts global color trends and aids in unique brand and product color development. The Pantone Color Institute is globally recognized as an authority for color information and partners with brands around the world to influence the power, psychology and emotion of color for a more successful and profitable design strategy.
The Pantone Color Institute has been selecting a Color of the Year since 2000, a process which requires a great deal of reflection and trend analysis. Its group of experts annually seek new color influence in areas such as fashion, travel destinations, art collections and new artists, lifestyles and the entertainment industry around the world. For 20 years, the chosen Color of the Year has profoundly impacted the product development and purchasing decisions in industries such as graphic design, interior design and fashion.
Corporate Design Interiors (CDI) is an industry-leading commercial furniture dealership whose award-winning product knowledge, thoughtful design coupled with strategic planning deliver functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement. CDI’s relentless focus on delivering positive workplaces mirroring the culture and vision of companies while delivering a high value investment has earned CDI diverse clients including; established Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits/public sector and energetic startups.
As a “Select” Kimball dealer, CDI’s excellence in sales, partnership, quality improvement, community involvement and overall business best practices earned it the 2017 Kimball Premier Partner Award. CDI was selected among 52 other Kimball Select dealerships throughout the country for this industry-leading honor, earning additional praise for its company culture and enterprise practices.
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