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Classic Blue: Celebrating Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020

20 February 2020

We’re celebrating Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020; the ultra-cool and calming Classic Blue.

The Arbor Armchair against Classic Blue

Pantone recently announced Classic Blue as their 2020 Colour of the Year; describing the colour as a “reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection”.

Tranquil and timeless, Classic Blue reminds us of the deep blue Cornish oceans that surround our workshop. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite pieces from our range that perfectly compliment this hue, along with our tips on how to incorporate blues into your interior.

Wheal Floor Light
Create a coastal feel with lighter shades of blue.
Urchin Wall Light
Use deeper shades of blue for a dramatic effect.

Choose the right shade of blue

Sky, baby, teal or aqua? Choosing the right shade for your intended space is key as every blue will yield different results and create a different feel in your home.

If you're more of a minimal interior design trend admirer then opting for a warm-toned muted blue will brighten your space and suggest a coastal atmosphere without creating a clinical feel.

Decorating your space using rich, deep blues can result in a luxurious and sophisticated aesthetic. Bold floor-to-ceiling colour blocking is a sure fire way to create a statement and is also suited to an array of properties.

Beeble Pouffe
If you're seeking a small pop of blue in your space why not use our bespoke fabric service to customise our Beeble Pouffe.
Green Range
Complement a blue colour scheme with pops of greenery - Morvah Hanging Planters part of our Green Range.


If you don’t want to commit to painting an entire room try accenting your space with blue furnishings, such as our Beeble Pouffe, as a subtle nod to the Classic Blue trend.

Known for it's calming qualities and naturally inspired hues, blue pairs well with muted, neutral tones for a quick 'pick me up', but works equally well with bolder statement colours such as pink, purple and even orange for a modern edge. Try incorporating the biophilic design trend into your space with pops of greenery. 

Cage Pendant
Our Cage Pendant in ash and birch wood beautifully contrasts with the striking blue wall behind.

Create Contrast

Here at Tom Raffield we're big fans of contrasts. Mixing materials to create an aesthetic that's unique allows your creativity to flow and ensures that your interior is truly your own. When committing to using trend colours in your home it's important to make them work with your space, not take over. 

It's worth noting that lighter coloured woods and other natural materials contrast beautifully with bold, darker colours and can really help to soften a space and make it feel more homely. Opting for furniture and lighting pieces made from ash or oak wood help to achieve a well considered, stylish space that's sure to be remembered.

Posted: 20.02.20
Updated: 15.04.21

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