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The best way to use Pantone’s Classic Blue in the bedroom

by Monika Bürger

It’s even great for small spaces.

The bedroom is the one room in the home where you should definitely use Classic Blue (Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2020), according to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

It may be another year, another ‘It’ colour, but as with any defining hue of the moment, ‘it’s a question of how and where you use it that will make the difference’, and this timeless shade has many uses – it’s even great for small spaces.

‘The interesting thing about blue and the conventional wisdom is that deeper colours make a space seem smaller, however, if you use a colour like this properly, you can get the benefit of the colour and not have to worry about it cramping your space,’ Leatrice tells House Beautiful UK. ‘If you’re in a small space, instead of using it on all four walls, one wall in a living space in this colour can add a touch of depth and drama.’

If you’re not keen on the idea of a feature wall, you can, of course, start small with soft furnishings and accessories. ‘It’s also a great background colour to a piece of furniture or art on the wall,’ adds Leatrice. ‘It would work extremely well in accessories, lampshades, pillows etc.’


But it’s the bedroom where you can really use Classic Blue to great effect – and it even involves using the fifth wall, aka the ceiling.

‘Because it’s so attached in the human mind, that it’s the colour of the sky, skylight, twilight or dusk, it can also be the kind of colour that works fantastically well on the ceiling,’ Leatrice explains. ‘Think about the ceiling in your bedroom. You get in bed at night and you want to feel protected and cosy. Those who are more adventurous might want to use it on all four walls and feel in a cosy, protected state.

‘But if you’re just putting your foot through the door of using colour, using it on the ceiling would then replicate the sky at that particular time of day, when you’re in your bed and you’re looking up at the ceiling.’

For those really wanting to create a nighttime setting, Leatrice suggests painting on ‘a few sprinkles of stars’.

Leatrice, who previously shared with us how she uses colour in the home, adds: ‘I have used blue in my bedroom because of its restful quality. I love the idea of it and I don’t think I’m ever going to change it as my bedroom colour because it does have that wonderfully protective feeling and just a tad of red (undertone) that adds a bit more excitement.

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