Classic Blue | Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020

This Wednesday, Pantone announced their long-awaited Colour of the Year 2020. For more than 20 years Pantone has set the colour trends for the upcoming year. This year, after a long and thoughtful process they landed on Classic Blue, ‘a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk’…

How does Pantone pick the colour of the year?

How do they predict the colour that will be seen throughout 2020? In a press conference Laura Pressman (Pantone’s vice president), said that they look at all kinds of lifestyle and industry trends. Art, movies, new technology, travel destinations and socio-economic and political conditions are all factors that influence their choice.

They have described Classic Blue as a colour that anticipates what’s going to happen next and what the future is going to bring as we move into evening hours? With all the uncertainties that have a grip on our world today, Pantone’s Classic Blue should ‘offer the reassurance, confidence and connection that people may be searching for in an uncertain global milieu.’

Pantone colour of the year 2020
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Blue flowers?

What for an effect will Classic Blue have on the world of flowers in 2020? Pressman recommends using accent pieces in a shade of Classic Blue. This is a relief because blue is a rare sight in the botanical world. Luckily there are a few flowers that will give you the blues:

  • Eryngium – adding these spikey and prickly flowers to your flower arrangements will give it that extra bit of texture and the right amount of blue that it needs.
  • Muscari – the Grape Hyacinth will be one of the first flowers that bloom at the beginning of 2020. Apart from their beautiful blue colour, their scent is quite mesmerising as well.
  • Hydrangea – Hydrangeas are available in several colours and blue is one of them. The acidity in the soil actually determines the colour of a Hydrangea. In strongly acid soil, the flowers turn blue.
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Complementary flowers

Because it’s all about the blue accents it is important to find flowers that go well with this colour. If you need your flowers to go well with your Classic Blue bridesmaids dresses or table runners then you could consider the following colour schemes:

  • Orange tones – we all know that opposites attract and this is also a given when it comes to colours. Colour opposites orange and blue make actually quite a nice couple. And luckily there are many flowers out there in orange tones: Alstroemeria, Chrysanthemums, Gerberas, Tulips, Physalis, etc.
  • Golden yellow – another match made in heaven is a (golden) yellow colour mixed with dark blue tones. Automatically the Sunflower comes to mind which will add that extra bit of warmth to the cool Classic Blue.
  • When in doubt, go with white – white and blue have been a great combo for as long as we can remember. Whether you’ve got a nautical theme going on or like to keep things clean, white flowers will look beautiful next to your blue blooms. Gypsophila, Calla Lilies, Carnations and Phalaenopsis are just a few of the wide range of white flowers that are available.
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Do you have a wedding coming up in 2020 and are you still looking for a florist to fulfil your floral dreams and perhaps incorporate Pantone’s Colour of the Year? Have a look at our local Florist Finder to find your perfect match.

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