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Article Date: 13th January 2020

Zehnder - New Year Blue-Hues

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News in for designers and brands… it’s goodbye Living Coral and hello Classic Blue. The eagerly awaited Colour of the Year has been announced by global colour institute Pantone and for 2020 it’s a ‘timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity’. With so much uncertainty surrounding us globally it is fitting that the chosen colour for the New Year ahead, highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

“We are living in a time that requires faith and trust. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid dependable blue hue we can always rely on” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone.

Classic Blue is suggestive of the sky at dusk replicating the turn from day to night, it is intended to inspire a clear, peaceful mind. Pantone says the colour is “genderless in outlook and seasonless in endurance” and also “emblematic of heritage but at the same time highly contemporary”.

Pantone has been naming a colour of the year for more than two decades, the annual unveiling of the chosen colour influences product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Taking it back to the beginning, Pantone started with The Pantone Colour Matching System, now the most important colour matching scheme in the world. The system originated in 1963 to solve the problem of complicated colour matching in the printing industry. Since then, the creation of their renowned colour catalogue in a fan format has made it the easiest and simplest way to classify, communicate and match colours.

Looking deeper into the colour blue there are many interesting facts about this primary colour – undoubtedly one of the most loved hues. The colour blue is the least common one amongst food we eat with blueberries being the most popular blue food. It is a colour that is said to encourage productivity and creative problem solving which is why many offices use it in their décor scheme. Blue eyes are rarer than people would assume with just 8% of the world’s population having them. Blue is also proven to help people stay calmer and regulate a person’s heartbeat and breathing. There’s no doubt that it’s a special colour and one of the most expensive pigments for painters.

At Zehnder we have our very own Zehnder colour chart – we feel that colours bring out our individuality and define who we are; they are an expression of our personality. We offer our customers the chance to choose products from a vast variety of colours. Grouped into three categories of colour tones our radiators turn into decorative pieces which integrate into different living and furnishing styles:

Architectural: clear, analytical, puristic

These colours are defined by their modern, urban objectivity. True to Mies van der Rohe’s maxim that “less is more”, this palette of colour is characterised by its poised reservation, giving precedence to the design.

Tonic: fresh, dynamic, expressive

Tonic stands the more intense shades in the colour scheme. This category caters to living environments shaped by their boldness and confidence. Vibrant and striking, these colours create an inviting, lively atmosphere. It is this category where a likeness to Pantone’s Classic Blue can be found – Zehnder’s Prussian blue.

Natural: warm, simple and connected to nature

The range of colours in the Natural category are gentle, natural shades which give radiators and interiors a peaceful and calming touch. Ideal in the design of bathrooms and living rooms to provide an overall feeling of comfort.

At Zehnder we have a wide range of radiators that are available in the colour schemes mentioned above. For more information about Zehnder’s radiator colour range, please use the email option below:

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