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Thursday, December 12th 2019 by

2019 has come to an end and as we close the chapter that is this decade, we welcome in the new one with the PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR for 2020 – 19-4052 CLASSIC BLUE.

Instilling calm, confidence and connection – this blue hue could not come at a better time. This timeless tone highlights our world’s desire for a dependable and familiar foundation to head into 2020. Giving the globe some stability around the new era with a level of understanding and serenity in times of economic, political and environmental uncertainty.

This universal hue has influenced the worlds of art, nature, tech, film, fashion, interior and beauty for decades – bringing a sense of nostalgia, comfort and power to all things it touches.

Image Sources (clockwise from top left): Femme aux Bras Croisés, Sydney, Warwick Heidi, Kaws, Linia Davina, Warwick Beachcomber.

The late Pablo Picasso notably used this colour in his work during his blue period – a time of severe depression for him during 1901 – 1904. He gravitated towards the comforting nature of this colour whilst painting his subject matter during this time.

Australia’s own Ken Done is no stranger to this colour either, his work can often be seen richly saturated in classic blue. His iconic depiction of Sydney Harbour has to be one of his most recognisable works – bringing a nostalgic smile to anyone who lived through this sun-kissed era.

If you’ve had the chance to visit the ‘KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness’ at the NGV – these classic blue hues make a strong appearance in his work. Celebrating the generosity and support of others in this digital age – KAWS highlights humanities deep need and craving for companionship. If you haven’t had the chance – it’s running until the 13th of April 2020.

Image Sources (clockwise from top left): Flag Finland, Flag France, Flag Australia, Flag Japan, Linia Kodiak, Warwick Component, Blue Interior, Warwick Component.

When did you last look at the flags that represent our world’s nations?

Have you ever noticed how classic blues are one of the most prevalent colours featured? It is no coincidence with blue signifying qualities of determination, prosperity, liberation, vigilance, unity, good fortune, knowledge and power.

Image Sources (clockwise from top left): Architecture, Blue Interior, Warwick Lenora, Blue Mosque, Warwick Betsy.

Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Institute has perfectly summed up PANTONE 19-4052 CLASSIC BLUE with this statement…

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It’s 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 and expand our thinking. Which in turn, challenges us to think more deeply and increase our perspective – opening up the flow of communication.”

Image Source: Wawrick Fabrics.

While initially intimidating, you quickly realise this rich, bold hue has so much to offer a space. Feelings of peace, tranquillity, spirit, concentration and clarity amongst many others, this blue brings them all!

Expect to see classic blue appearing in interiors everywhere. From large form furniture or feature chairs to eye-catching accent walls, panelling and smaller pops of colour in cushions and throws – there are many ways to use this surprisingly diverse and adaptable hue. The announcement of PANTONE 19-5052 Classic Blue couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for the New Year and indeed the new decade. We are getting very excited for them both – especially with so much unknown.

On that note – from all of us here at Warwick Fabrics…

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and we will see you all in 2020!!

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