The year is almost coming to an end, closing another decade full of new designs, technology and colour. With it, comes the Pantone colour of the year to commemorate the new year and whilst the colour may be traditional, it has been chosen as the ‘universal favourite’.
The Pantone of the year for 2020 is Classic Blue (or Pantone 19-4052). Announced this month, Pantone have described the colour as ‘a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection’ and we couldn’t agree more. Many of our office furniture installations over the past decade have included an array of shades of blue, including: NHS BSA Nottingham, HS2, Kier Group, and Highways England to name a few. And we’re pretty confident the colour will be present in more offices in the new year.
With wellbeing in offices at the helm of many office designs, blue can be associated with the outside world. It’s natures colour for water and sky. According to Zeven Design, blue is associated with health and tranquility, as well as knowledge and integrity, the perfect balance in an office space.
“A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication” – Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute.
Here are some examples of vibrant office spaces designed by the Flexiform Interior Design teams to see how companies have used the colour in their own office. HS2 have blue present in their collaborative and agile working areas, spaces that have been designed to have a calmer and relaxed feel for when staff break away from their desks for collaborative work.
NHS BSA have the colour blue present throughout their entire open plan office, appearing in the office furniture. The soft shade of blue creates a tranquil and peaceful place for staff to work, stimulating an environment where staff are productive, motivated, and happy. An effective colour can increase office productivity,
Below are our closest RAL colours. We asked our Interior Designer, Nadia Al-Chalaby, what she thought about the Pantone colour of the year, stating ‘From a design point of view blue is a timeless, democratic colour that is non binary in its appearance. The selected hue has been done so as a reaction to the fast paced environment in which we all live, bringing calm and tranquility into design through colour. Blue is known to create a sense of trust and loyalty, and in the corporate world is one of the most used colours for logos and branding, seeing this bleed into furniture and fabrics is a natural progression when creating a backdrop for a calm, focused hard working environment.’