As we usher in not only the new year but the beginning of a new decade. The millennium has crossed over into the 20s, bringing with it new sets of hope and aspiration. The last year has uncovered the crisis that is facing the world today, especially women. The clarion call has been sounded, and this year we have to act and make the world a better place live in.Since 1999, Pantone has been announcing the Colour of the year. Initially, people were skeptical and there wasn’t much awareness but since then it has gained immense popularity. Fashion influencers, interior designers, artists, and fashionistas wait with unabated anticipation for the announcement. This year the color of the year is Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue.
Blue is the warmest color
The world really has made a full circle since the first color of the year was Cerulean Blue, to usher in the new millennium and the anticipation associated with it while calming the anxiety that preceded in the previous century. This particular shade of the blue is associated with the dusk, where the day hasn’t yet ended and there lie hope and anticipation for what lies in store. It isn’t too dark but a soothing tone, which symbolizes intensity, stability, confidence, and verity.
All these virtues are much sought after in the current world. Laurie Pressman, the Vice-president of the Pantone Color Institute says, “The sky at dusk-it’s not midnight blue, it’s thoughtful, but it’s not so deep and mysterious. It highlights our desire for this dependable, anchoring foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. We all see this sky blue and can relate to it, it’s approachable.”
This shade of azure is quite sedated in comparison to the previous year’s vibrant Living Coral. But it is quite appropriate given the tumultuous times we are currently living in. Leatrice Eiseman has been quoted by the Architectural Digest as calling the Classic blue as “color that you can rely on.” With the world changing at a rapid pace, we need something that will ground us and make us feel home. The color was chosen after extensive research globally and is in line with the zeitgeist of this era, which sees the world returning to traditionalism once more-a a modern interpretation of the archaic.
Ways to beat the blues
So, ladies how do you incorporate the latest trend in your life and be on-trend this year. Read on to find out. The color is already ubiquitous in our surroundings, from tech to fashion to space.
· In home decor
If you have bought a new home or thinking of redecorating, then you can think of incorporating this hue in your home’s color scheme. Paint the dominant wall of your living room in this shade and contrast it with greys and off-whites. You can also contrast with pop-colored cushions, throw pillow and rugs and make it the envy of every visitor.
Painting the bathroom azure or getting tiles in that color, or having a kitchen island or cabinet in this color can change the entire look of your house.
If changing the color palette of your homes is expensive and time-consuming, you can try to incorporate classic blue in your furniture and upholstery. You can play with textures like velvet and satins. Buy a carpet or sofa or curtains in this shade. You can also change your lampshade in this color, since blue-hued light is extremely calming on the eyes, especially in the bedroom.
Also changing the shade of your crockery or jars is a quirky way to add the color of the year in your life.
For all the denim lovers out there, Classic Blue is like our holy grail, the classic pairing of blue denim and white shirts works for both men and women. Apart from this, you can incorporate this sober color in androgynous suits or slender gowns and brunch dresses. The indigo hue is extremely royal and yet so casual. If you are feeling experimental, you can even dye your hair blue or just get a streak.
This color is extremely gender fluid and it can be worn across the year. You can wear blue in contrast with a variety of colors like orange, pinks, and reds, according to your mood. If you aren’t a fashion risk-taker, you can get a bag in this shade, even top mobile manufacturers are providing the classic blue color option. Get your nails painted in this hue, or just accessorize, whatever catches your fancy and comfort.
Blueberries are one of the most popular superfoods and have one of the highest antioxidant levels and help protect against cancer, signs of aging, reduce hypertension and improves cardiac help and is beneficial for treating UTI in women.
Blue cheese is extremely popular gourmet food, which is not only delicious but also beneficial for combating arthritis, osteoporosis dental health and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Classic blue or indigo hue is extremely sustainable since it is a natural dye and can be easily available. It is a color that isn’t too eclectic or polarising but embracing and it is about returning to the familiar in a world that has become extremely chaotic, “ It’s not about doing it like you did in the past, but reinterpreting it.”