The Pantone Color of the Year 2020 ushers in a new decade in timeless, true-blue fashion — with its Pantone 19-4052, Classic Blue. Chosen for its ability to instill calm and confidence, Pantone’s Classic Blue lays a strong foundation for a new era, according to the Pantone Color Institute, which selects its Color of the Year to highlight the relationship between emerging color trends and the cultural moment.
“When we look at the world around us, we know that we’re living with a lot of unrest,” said Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s executive director. “Blue, from an emotional, psychological standpoint, has always represented a certain amount of calm and dependability.”
Classic Blue expresses a constancy we can rely on, she said.
According to color psychologists, blue is the color of trust, strength, stability and dependability. This means it has both calming properties that reduce stress and grounding properties that promote productivity:
Hans J. Wegner’s Shell Chair, from our Carl Hansen & Son Collection, is crafted from formed hardwood laminates and upholstered cushions, shown here in a deep blue reminiscent of Pantone’s Classic Blue.
If you’d like to incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020 into your workplace color design or office designs, you’ll have no trouble finding a close, or even an exact, color match. Here are some resources to help you select blue materials for your furnishings:
1. Coated surfaces. With the Coalesse Color program, you can order an exact Pantone color match for the painted surfaces of many of our best-selling products. Our Concierge Specials Team manages all custom finishes using a streamlined process, with no minimum order quantity.
2. Fabrics. Choose from several contract-grade fabric options that approximate Pantone’s Classic Blue in the Steelcase/Coalesse catalog:
Gaja 5W60 Deep Blue
Brushed Flannel 3797/404 Navy
Billiard 5H16 Indigo
Gamut 3468/407 Navy
Rocket 2693/401 Bright Blue
Gridley 4148/402 Navy
Rocket 2694/404 Navy
Linnen 3921/406 Oceania
Everywhere Texture 4147/410 True Blue
3. Plastics. Choose from two plastic options that closely match Pantone’s Classic Blue in the Steelcase/Coalesse catalog:
5U22 Royal Blue
4. Rugs. For true-blue comfort at your feet, select the 100% wool Arzu Light Rug in navy, pictured above, or the Arzu Condensation Rug in navy.
To learn more about custom color options, explore the Coalesse Color program.
Find more ideas on trending office colors and designing with color on the blog.
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