It’s Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020 (19-4052 - ‘Classic Blue’ to be precise) and a shade we return to again and again in the Houses, from Babington to Barcelona, Chicago to Amsterdam. Here we look at why, when it comes to interiors, we’re happy to be feeling blue.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, describes Classic Blue as ‘a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on... A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking, challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.’

Rich, dark blues instantly bring to mind the vastness of the ocean or sky, tapping into the human need for a connection with nature, but their depth also makes them feel comforting and cosy, which is why they work so beautifully in interiors. Whether it's a plush velvet cushion, a glossy panelled wall or an upholstered headboard, an inky hue in a room imparts a sense of substance and comfort.


Design Director Siobahn Farley explains how the size of your room can help you choose the right shade of blue and how to get the balance right. ‘In a smaller room I’d go for a darker blue; make it feel cosy - that’s perfect for a TV room or snug. Keep to a lighter blue in a bigger room - we use really pretty soft powdery blues paired with rusty oranges and yellows in the Houses in New York and Chicago. If you don’t go for a strong paint colour you can always layer in the blue with a sofa or cushions. We’ve done big blue mohair sofas in the bedrooms at Babington House and the club spaces at Soho House Amsterdam.’

Take a seat

'We love to use warm blues to add an injection of colour to spaces in the Houses; we use lots of blues on upholstery, especially deep blue mohairs on sofas and armchairs. It’s very luxurious and moody and we complement this with patterned cushions.’ Scarlett Supple, Lead Designer, Soho House

Shine on

'The main barn bar at Soho Farmhouse was Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue. Alternatively blue can be used to create a fun and cosy space; at Soho House 76 Dean Street we did a gloss Hague Blue on the traditional Georgian panelling.’ Scarlett Supple, Lead Designer, Soho House

Paper or paint

‘Instead of painting a solid blue wall you could go for a patterned wallpaper to break it up a bit. Blue is good for bedrooms as it’s calming and can stop it being too ‘pretty’ and a bit more masculine – it adds that contrast. Babington House has had a number of blue bedrooms over the years, all of them different.’ Design Director Siobahn Farley

Lighten up

‘Blue is a particularly Dutch colour. It was used throughout Soho House Amsterdam. Blue delft tiles were included in the space. In our coastal hotels – Little Beach House Barcelona, Miami and Malibu, we use a lighter blue; it can lift a space and help create a fresh and organic interior.' Scarlett Supple, Lead Designer, Soho House

Soho House Amsterdam

Located in the Bungehuis on the Spuistraat, Soho House Amsterdam will have 79 bedrooms, a rooftop pool, a Cowshed spa, club spaces and a Cecconi's restaurant.