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Commercial Seating in Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020

Evertaut News

2 Jan, 2020

Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020 has been revealed as Classic Blue, which is described as ‘a timeless and enduring blue hue elegant in its simplicity.’

Pantone is a US based company that provides universal colour standards that enable colour-critical decisions for brands and manufacturers across the globe. The Colour of the Year is chosen by its Colour Institute; the business unit that forecasts global colour trends and advises companies on colour for product and brand visual identity. For over 20 years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including industrial design.

In previous years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has not always been a shade appropriate for auditorium or office seating (2019’s colour was Living Coral, a peach/orange shade) but this year’s new hue is a classic colour, as the name suggests, that is much more suitable for the seating market.

Choosing fabric colours for commercial seating is usually a decision for the long-term and not something always dictated by the latest colour trend but blue has long been a popular choice across the range of seating we manufacture.

In honour of the new Colour of the Year, we see how some of our seats might look in Pantone’s Classic Blue and take a look at what blue fabrics have featured across the range of seating we manufacture.

Chart showing Pantone Colours of the year from 2000 to 2019


Theatres and Cinemas

Orion Auditorium seating in Classic Blue
3 different theatres with seating upholstered in blue fabrics


Whilst red is still the classic go-to colour for seating in theatres and cinemas, we have seen more requests for blues in recent years. Camira’s Mainline Plus Clipper is the closest match to Classic Blue from the most popular fabric range we offer whilst Bluenote is a paler option.


Lecture Theatres

Evertaut lecture theatre chair in Pantone colour of the year 2020 Classic Blue
Range of Evertaut lecture theatre seating in university lecture theatres upholstered in blue fabrics

It’s in lecture theatres and conference centres that we find a much wider variety of fabric colours are being used, particularly on new build projects where architects are often specifying multiple coloured seats to be positioned in a random pattern. Whilst blue doesn’t always feature in these patterns, it is consistently chosen when a single colour fabric is being used.

From royal blue to sky blue, there are a wide range of blue hues to choose from across our fabric ranges. If you want something more neutral go for a two-tone blue/grey fabric like Mainline Plus Tuscany, pictured on our Diploma Lecture Theatre seats below.

Evertaut Diploma lecture theatre seating upholstered in Tuscany

Waiting Room and Office

Waiting room beam seating in classic blue
Office chair and waiting room chairs upholstered in blue fabrics and vinyl

When it comes to office seating, beam seating and other general seating that we manufacture, blue has always been a popular colour choice and we don’t expect this to change any time soon.

Camira’s Xtreme fabric range is a popular choice for office and reception seating and has a wealth of blue hues to choose from. Scuba, Curacao, Navassa and Ocean are a similar depth of colour to Classic Blue whilst Parasol, Bluebell, Bluefield and Anguilla are paler shades.

For waiting rooms in healthcare establishments who require anti-microbial vinyl, Chieftain’s Just Colour range offers a selection of blues including Ocean, Likoni, Lupin, Blue Steel, Cool Blue, Dolphin and Sapphire Blue. 3 different shades of blue vinyl were used on our Bradford Beam seating in the hospital corridor waiting area pictured above right. This variation of blue shades creates a focal point of the seating and helps turn what is traditionally a dull space into a more vibrant and welcoming area.

For more information on Pantone and its Colour of the year 2020, please click here.

Evertaut designs, manufactures and supplies a range of auditorium, office and waiting room seating and offers a wide range of fabric colours for commercial seating. To make an enquiry, please complete and submit the short form below.