Pantone's 2020 Colour of the Year Classic Blue - Mar 20

Earlier this year, colour experts Pantone announced Classic Blue as their Colour of the Year for 2020. This announcement, year after year, creates a trendsetting concept for interior designers and specifiers across the world, not to mention branding, marketing and the creative society as a whole. Influenced by all aspects of society, from fashion, marketing, social media and even politics, the Colour of the Year has become increasingly influential in dictating trends for the following 12 months.

Particularly for interior design, the Colour of the Year has an enormous impact on demand and this year has been no different, with Classic Blue becoming a hugely popular choice for all manners of applications. Pantone described it as "a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity". Far from a new colour we can see its presence in Ancient Egyptian glazes and Bronze Age glass to Tang and Ming dynasties Chinese pottery.

Elegant and simple, Classic Blue is a universally loved colour that can be used for a variety of interior design applications in both warm and cool tones. One of the strongest hues of the spectrum, blue is considered to be calming, reassuring and serene – making it a suitable colour for use in a range of environments, from offices, to bars, to restaurants, to hotels. In this latest flat lay mood board concept from CTD Architectural Tiles we look at a selection of our products that could be used in Classic Blue inspired schemes.

When considering how you might bring this on-trend shade into your designs, it pays to think about the different ways in which you can use tiles. Versatile, stylish, practical and hardwearing, tiles can be used in a number of different ways to incorporate Classic Blue into your plans.


Our very popular Bevelled Metro range of wall tiles is available in 26 different colours and our Marine Blue is a great option for Classic Blue inspired schemes. These small but interesting tiles let you to mix and match in a variety of colours and layouts, from herringbone to subway style. Paired with one of the other colours in the range, bone or grey mist for example would deliver a simple yet timeless scheme.


One of the strong trends in recent years has been the resurgence of geometric shapes and CTD Architectural Tiles have a wide offering of these, hexagons being a particularly popular choice for both walls and floors. Good Vibes, a stylish on-trend hexagon shape that is reminiscent of octagonal patchwork pieces and the slightly larger Meraki, a hexagonal shaped tile with contemporary angular lines are excellent choices for restaurant floors or bar walks. Meraki, available in eight striking colours can be rotated to make up three entirely different designs, and works equally well on both floor and wall surfaces to make a dramatic impact. Both of these ranges also benefit from attractive décor options, Good Vibes with wallpaper type prints and Meraki with the popular lilypad design.


Our most popular ranges are from our Core Collection, a range of tiles that are stocked in the UK and available for next day delivery. Within this collection we have two wall tile ranges that would work perfect in a Classic Blue scheme. Firstly, the Azure colourway from our Poitiers range. Poitiers is a range of 300x75 glazed wall tiles with a rustic/tumbled edge profile, the elongated rectangle makes it a perfect format for being laid in the popular herringbone format to add depth and detail to schemes. Paired with crisp white, this collection is perfect for projects of all kinds, thanks to the versatility of formats and design layouts.

The second Classic Blue product from our Core Collection is our Crackle tile in a beautiful Ocean Blue finish. Crackle is an innovative range that gives the appearance of a crackle glaze whilst remaining impervious to water, this solves the specifiers problem of achieving a crackle glaze look in wet areas such as a hotel bathroom. Our Crackle range can be specified with confidence that no additional sealing would be required to maintain water tightness. Choose a traditional linear, brickbond or herringbone layout to achieve a perfectly on-trend space that is bound to impress.

We hope our blog post has helped you to consider the ways that you might incorporate various shades of Pantone’s Colour of the Year into your next design scheme. Discover our wide collection of tiles and take advantage of our free sample service. If you would like to discuss an upcoming project, please do not hesitate to contact a CTD Architectural Specification Manager.

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