Why Blue Need Not Give You The Blues…

It is with eagle eyes that we all wait for Pantone to announce their colour for the year ahead and the anticipation for their announcement at the end of 2019 was no exception.

There is no doubt about it, we expect to see the timeless and enduring Blue Hue PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue impact design and be a source of inspiration throughout the year.  It is described by The Pantone Colour Institute as a solid and dependable blue hue that you can always count on.

Our friends in Camira Fabrics have offered an illustration as to how their fabrics for 2020 will reflect the trend for this restful hue and can be incorporated into your designs.

The Psychology of Blue

It is a long-held belief that colours can evoke different moods and feelings, and some research has supported the idea that colours can also have psychological effects.  The colour blue is a colour often found in nature such as rivers and oceans in addition to the many shades of blue visible in the daytime sky.  As a result, blue is associated with feeling calm and serene – in fact it has been confirmed that the colour blue can reduce your heart rate!  Also viewed as conservative and traditional, depending on it’s use it can also be very contemporary.

Stability and reliability are traits of the colour that are emphasised by the Pantone Colour Institute and we are already seeing an increase in interest in blue tones for its vibrancy as much as the personality it projects.  Interestingly, blue is often used in commercial interiors owing to a link between it and the productivity is appears to encourage.

Monochromatic Themes

A lot of design trends are leaning towards monochromatic themes which work perfectly with blue as it represents a calm, confident and truthful colour; In addition to the impact is has on productivity, it is also a great colour for places of study or areas where people want to concentrate and relax.

If the monochromatic theme doesn’t appeal to you, we love how it marries well with warmer colours such as yellows, reds and oranges.

Blue in Biophilic Design

Given that Biophilic design is becoming an integral trend in commercial interiors, particularly for 2020, we expect to see an increase in the use of blue hues as a reflection of some of nature’s colours.

Biophilia describes the relationship between humans and nature, and our need to be connected to nature. Biophilic design enhances our connection with nature and is achieved using natural elements and the colours of nature such as greens and of course, blue.

If you are interested to understand how you can inject some uplifting blues into your commercial space, speak to our interiors specialists and CAD designers to discuss your office interiors needs and more trends emerging in 2020. Telephone 01 217 8000 or info@bizquip.ie

About the Author Lynne Casserley

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