Pantone’s Colour of the Year – Classic Blue
Pantone‘s Colour of the Year is out and it is Classic Blue, which is elegant in its simplicity, a timeless and enduring blue hue. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking Pantone Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
Pantone.com describes Classic Blue as being like “the sky at dusk…. a restful color (that) brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit…. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.” And they are not wrong. Blue is in fact the most popular color in the US for both men and women.
Classic Blue is a poised and self-assured blue hue, elegant in its simplicity. Genderless in outlook and seasonless in endurance, this foundational anchor shade enables color mixes throughout the spectrum, yet at the same time, makes a strong statement on its own. Emblematic of heritage but at the same time highly contemporary, versatile PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue takes on distinct appearances through application to different materials, finishes, and textures from shimmering metallics, lustrous sheens, and high-tech materials to hand crafted mixes and more fragile fabrics.
Imprinted in our psyches as a restful colour Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, Classic Blue re-centres our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, it fosters resilience.
Blue represents both the sky and the sea and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence.
Blue is a cool and calming colour that shows creativity and intelligence. It has positive effects on the mind and the body. As the colour of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquillity. Blue helps to slow human metabolism, is cooling in nature, and helps with balance and self-expression.
Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding. On the other hand, blue evolved as a symbol of depression in North-American culture. “Singing the blues” and feeling blue” are good examples of the complexity of colour symbolism and how it has been evolved in different cultures.
The Classic style, just like the name shows, is in itself the definition of iconic. Its elegance and comfort remount us to art, to the antique and to symmetry. The aesthetical appeal of this movement is able to make you feel longing, even bringing up a nostalgic feeling.