The 2020 Pantone colour of the year, Classic Blue, is a Caribbean designer’s dream.

Whether you’re a professional, or just love decorating, the colour complements the islands’ sea and sky, bringing this versatile and bold hue straight into the home.

Described as elegant in its simplicity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue was selected by the Pantone Color Institute, which decides the shade of the year, annually.

“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build, as we cross the threshold into a new era,” says a statement from Pantone, which provides the internationally recognised colour-matching and identification system.

Pantone suggests that Classic Blue re-centres thoughts and fosters resilience with its reflective tones.

Here are some tips on how to incorporate the colour blue

Paint it
Make a statement by painting a feature wall in this bold tone or select a painting with these regal shades as a showpiece.

Snap it
Take a photo of the stunning blue waters around the Cayman Islands and have it printed, framed or stretched on canvas to create your own beautiful blue hue at home.

Throw it
Add a dash of the classic colour to your décor simply by adding a throw to a sofa, chair or bed.

Walk it
Choose a blue rug to brighten up your tiles and enjoy while walking around the house (or hang the rug on the wall).

Splash it
Blue is beautiful in the bathroom, too; towels, wash cloths and shower curtains in these colours definitely give an island-feel to an island home.

Collect it
A collection of blue accessories for the kitchen will brighten your life; jugs, plates, glasses, salt-and-pepper shakers, saucepans, casserole dishes and fruit bowls will not only spice up the décor but will uplift the senses as well.

Originally published in InsideOut magazine, Issue 37, Spring Summer 2020.

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