Pantone announced “Classic Blue” or “Pantone 19-4052” as its colour of the year for 2020. Described as bringing a “reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection”, classic blue is a dependable hue in the home. “[Classic Blue] brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit, offering refuge,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication” she added.
“Every room I design has an element of blue in it. I love it because it is the colour of sky and complements everything,” says architect and interior designer Natalia Miyar, who has a transatlantic practice based in London and Miami. Miyar loves to include accents of the colour on cushions, curtains and accessories, as well as using it to create bold statement furniture pieces; www.nataliamiyar.com
“Vintage Havana” is one of four new trends at Ikea for 2020 – the others are “Rural Retreat”, “Citrus Shades” and “Refined Zen”. For those who want to embrace the colours, architecture, and vibrant street life of Havana for summer, the “Vintage Havana” trend takes on a Cuban colour palette and eclectic mix of patterns that will pack a punch this season; www.ikea.ie
The quickest way to incorporate any new colour is with paint. Annie Sloan’s new Oxford Navy is an inky, traditional navy blue which evokes the blue of academic insignia and fountain pens, as well as the rich pigment indigo blue so synonymous with traditional Indian block printing. Here it is paired with an Athenian black chaise in Graphite Ticking; www.anniesloan.com
The iconic Parisian store Casa Lopez (27 Boulevard Raspail) is synonymous with custom-made rugs and exclusive homewares. Owner Pierre Sauvage’s latest book Effortless Style: Casa Lopez, Flammarion, €45.83, is an invite into his enviable home, where classic blue and white accessories and rugs combine with supreme elegance. www.casalopez.com
Subtle and soothing blues seen here with Neptune’s Eloise ottoman in Chloe Denim (€820) and Florence scatter cushions in Chloe Denim and Harry Flax Blue (€56 each). www.neptune.com