PPG have announced their Colour of the Year 2020
Prepare to make your home look truly blue-tiful!
Every year, the interior design world waits with bated breath to discover which colours are the clear favourites. Brands from Dulux to Pantone all have their own choice for the most popular shade of the coming year, but one of the names people most look to is PPG.
And this year they certainly have not disappointed with their choice. Gone are the days of completely neutral homes decorated in greys, beiges and whites, because the PPG Colour of the Year 2020 is a stunning shade of blue.
The PPG Colour of the Year 2020 is Chinese Porcelain
Chinese Porcelain is a deep, bold shade of blue inspired by history and travel. It has been described as both calming and energising, perfect for a feature wall or just for jazzy soft furnishings.
The colour was formed in response to our fast-paced, tech-orientated modern world, according to PPG’s senior colour manager Dee Schlotter.
Schlotter explains: “The faster technology moves and the more convenience it offers, the more we seek activities, experiences and lifestyles that impart slowness and realness in our lives.
“The need for simplicity and escapism from technology is, in part, the reason that consumers are craving blues like Chinese Porcelain that bring us closer to natural elements such as the sea and sky — creating serenity in any space.”
This reasoning lends itself to the idea of your home as a sanctuary — somewhere to escape from the noise and pressures of daily life. It echoes the mentality behind Pantone’s choice for their 2019 Colour of the Year: Living Coral. That shade was chosen due to its ties to the natural world.
However, unlike the bright warmth of coral, blue is a colour which lends itself to pretty much any interior space, allowing you to feel the benefits of Chinese Porcelain anywhere in your home, from the hallway to the bedroom.
How to introduce Chinese Porcelain into your home
A bold feature wall
If you’re keen to keep the majority of your living space neutral, a feature wall can be a great way to add a pop of colour and excitement to the room. Chinese Porcelain offers all the depth and class of navy but with a modern twist, meaning it feels right at home in pretty much any space.
A relaxing bedroom oasis
Blue is a great colour for the bedroom, and there’s science to prove it. Research suggests that we associate blue with feelings of calm and tranquillity, meaning it can actually help you feel more relaxed in your bedroom. By introducing some notes of Chinese Porcelain to your bedroom, you can help turn your sleep station into the sanctuary you deserve.
If you’re not ready to bring big splashes of colour into your home, some simple blue touches here and there can make all the difference. From cushions and ornaments to wall art even bedding, even the smallest Chinese Porcelain additions can bring a new layer of depth and decadence to your décor.
Perfect colour matches
If you want to make the most of Chinese Porcelain, you need to know which colours to pair it with. The tone stands out beautifully against more neutral shades like grey off-white. Or, for a bolder approach, try pairing it with splashes of pink or purple hues for a touch of fun.