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May 05, 2021
We’ve all seen it – that scene in Devil Wears Prada when the deliciously stern Miranda Priestly serves Andi an education on a platter about how style makes it from the drawing board to our closets. I think about that a lot, the way that colors seem to appear in waves; some seasons, red seems to be everywhere, and others, nowhere to be found. As it happens, this is far less incidental than we think it is – and if your 2020 has been bluer than you expected, I can tell you exactly why.
The Pantone Color Institute selects a Color of Year in the December of the preceding year, and the color for 2020 was Classic Blue. They analyze data in all industries, survey social media and new technologies and global events and distill all that information into a color that both influences and reflects current trends. That’s a fancy way to say, basically – it’s both the hero we deserve, and the hero we need right now.
We’ve been super inspired by Classic Blue this year, so we’re going to use it as a jumping-off point for how you can incorporate more color in your home, and refresh your general perspective on color in décor!
Classic Blue definitely comes in clutch for our style needs – it can function as either a bold accent color, or as a neutral. Think about jeans – that denim blue is definitely a neutral in your wardrobe. Try to think of Classic Blue in the same way, with the same degree of versatility as your favorite pair of Levi’s.
Here are a few styling ideas, recontextualized for your home.
THE CANADIAN TUXEDO
We might be biased by our Canadian roots, but we love some denim-on-denim-on-denim action. And that counts denim of all colors and shades. Dark blues, light blues, grey, black, brown, white – it’s a super chic play of neutrals that is highly versatile, both on you and in your space.
The best thing about the Canadian tuxedo is that you can dress it up or down, make it super chic and modern or peak level cozy and comfy. Whatever your style may be, bohemian or minimal, industrial or eclectic, this peak neutral color palette will serve you well.
And then, for the boldest of heart, may we recommend – the monochrome Canadian tuxedo. Take that Classic Blue and treat it the way you would a white or a beige wall color and GO FOR IT. Paint those cabinets, paint all the walls, give the room the full-blown blue treatment, and see how special that space becomes. This will work best in a more open-concept space, without doors to close the space down, and with light floors and sunny windows.
THE FOCAL POINT
Have you ever had a really perfect pair of jeans? And we mean really perfect, with an ideal fit and that perfect deep denim color, so perfect that every outfit focuses on them as the focal point. Treat Classic Blue like your perfect pair of jeans and make it the focal point of your space. You can do this with an accent wall, a gorgeous couch (we prefer velvet), a beautiful rug – or a bold painted floor if you’re really fearless.
The neutral policy we mentioned while talking about the Canadian tuxedo applies here too, which means that Classic Blue will work with whatever neutral you decide on for your walls – whites and off-whites, beiges, greys of all shades – as well as whatever color you decide on for your floors. In love with pale floors? Classic Blue will glow in there. In favor of a darker, more dramatic look? Classic Blue will look like LUXURY.
If you dream of a colorful space, Classic Blue is an absolute no-brainer. We can’t believe the versatility here – it’ll work with pastels, with jewel tones, as a contrast to yellows or oranges or even terracotta. Stick with ocean colors or go for floral tones, channel the primary colors or throw all caution to the wind and go full-on psychedelically 70s – in any colorful context, Classic Blue is a natural choice.
How do you feel about patterns? Are stripes and florals where you tap out, or do you see animal print as a neutral? Whatever you preference may be for patterns when it comes to wearing them, there are so many ways to incorporate Classic Blue into your home via patterns and textures.
Tile is a natural choice here – bold patterned tiles that make you think of the Mediterranean, small mosaics, bold mixed patterns that put paisley to shame. Bring your bathroom to life with beautiful patterned floors or showers, and add some pizzaz to your kitchen with a bright backsplash.
If you’re scared of committing to a pattern, think about textiles or wallpaper – or, best of all, BOTH! Mixing patterns is a confident move and we are so here for it. This seems scary, we know, but here’s a trick: make sure there’s a common color between the two patterns. You don’t need to get matchy-matchy about it, and it doesn’t have to be a major player in both patterns, but having the color in common will make the two patterns coexist harmoniously. Bring on the stripes, bring on the paisley, give us foliage and fleur de lis and ZEBRAS – might we suggest Classic Blue as the common denominator?
Classic Blue highlights “our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era,” says the Pantone Color Institute. That symbolism is not lost on us, after a year full of upheaval and uncertainty and global hardship. This color is comforting and multi-faceted and versatile, able to act as the foundation for any kind of space you’re looking for, in any style. That kind of versatility is rare; it’s why jeans are still king, over two hundred years later. Whatever your style may be, whatever vibe you’re seeking for your space, Classic Blue is the perfect fit.
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