January 10, 2020

Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 – Classic Blue for Event and Exhibition Furniture Hire

exhibition furniture hire: blue ottomans

Firstly, we’d like to wish all readers a Happy New Year, and Decade! With the start of every new decade comes  the excitement and promise of new beginnings. In 2019, Rio Lounge celebrated our own decade in the furniture hire business. But now, it’s time to look forward to the next ten years with anticipation.  To kick off the 20s in style, in this feature we take a look in more detail at the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2020, which this year is Classic Blue. Such a versatile colour, we look at a number of ways this shade can be used for event, party, and exhibition furniture hire.

What is the Pantone Matching System?

The Pantone Company started life in the 1950s as a New York printing company.  However, in 1963, Pantone  introduced a universal colour ‘language’, known as the Pantone Matching System, to ensure the consistency of colour used in branding and manufacturing. According to its website, over 10 million designers and producers worldwide rely on the Pantone system, to help communicate and control the colours used in everything from advertising and graphic design to end product manufacture. Starting with 500 colour shades in 1963, there are now over 1800 ‘solid’ shades, all identified by a numerical code. However, the colour guides have also been expanded further in recent years to include more complex shades such as metallics and neons. 

How is the Pantone Colour of the Year chosen?

Every year, since 2000, the US-based Pantone Color Institute has chosen a Colour of the Year. Using detailed trend forecasting research, the Institute makes its annual choice usually in Autumn or Winter of the preceding year; taking into account the global cultural mood at that moment in time.

This year’s choice is Pantone 19-4052: Classic Blue. Described as ‘elegant’, ‘reassuring’, ‘dependable’ and ‘restful’, it’s a truly timeless shade, inspiring confidence and providing constancy in otherwise uncertain times.

Read on to discover ways we can help add a touch of blue to your events this year…

Classic Blue – ideal for exhibition furniture hire

exhibition furniture hire: blue ottomans

Hiring furniture for a trade exhibition can make your stand really ‘stand’ out! No space for a sofa? No problem; our Club Ottomans are handy little cube-shaped seats and are available in a range of colours, including this gorgeous blue pictured here. Hiring coloured ottomans for an exhibition not only draws the eye towards your stand, but also provides the perfect place for potential clients to perch. And, because they’re so light, they can easily be moved around your exhibition space. We think they look really effective grouped together as pictured here!

Not just corporate blues…party furniture hire blue dance floor

However, Classic Blue doesn’t always have to be for corporate events, or for exhibition furniture hire. It looks just as good for club nights or party time! You don’t necessarily need to choose blue furniture. Simply adding cool blue lighting to our white rattan hire furniture gives a beautiful calming ambience to an Ibizan-style chill-out lounge. See how fabulous our white curved rattan Bulgari sofas look lit with blue! Alternatively, you could add subtle accents of blue to white furniture hire using our scatter cushions.

Mix it up with other primary colours

exhibition furniture hire: blue ottomans shopping centre

Of course, blue doesn’t always have to be chilled out either. Combining classic blue with bright red can give a fun, eye-popping look when the occasion demands it. This client  has even added a yellow scatter cushion to our white rattan ‘Marrakesh’ sofa set, along with blue and red cube seats, for the full trio of primary brights. Perfect for an outdoor chill-out zone on a sunny day last year. 

Contact us to discuss your furniture hire needs

Whatever type of event you’re planning in 2020, we would love to hear from you! We hire furniture for events of all sizes and deliver right across the UK. Give us a call on 0845 46 77483 and speak to a member of our furniture hire team. Alternatively why not send us an email and we will get right back to you.