Tuesday 1 December 2015

How to give your home a blue hue

Warm, cool, moody or bright, get inspiration for the shade of the season

Published 01/07/2014 | 14:34

Hungerford Artisan kitchen
Hungerford Artisan kitchen
Hasting Ivory compact bedside chests, Star Circle bedding set, Marks & Spencer.
Balloons Blue wallpaper, Dedar.
Oporto Blue wallpaper panel, #40, Digetex Home.
Embroidered Swirl cushion, in navy, Barbara Coupe.
Campaign chest on desk, by Justin Van Breda.
Dotted glass tealight holder, Marks and Spencer.
Oversized navy vase, Tesco.
La Quatre Dames individually hand-painted contemporary art pieces, Christopher Guy.
Elvang Classic Throw Steel Blue, Occa Home
Alpine Highback Chair in ink indigo, MultiYork.
Blue Plates wallpaper, Pierrot Et Coco.
Cotton Tie Dye Cushion, Tesco.
Absract Design jug, Marks & Spencer.
f Blue Rain porcelain crockery, dinner plate, Tesco.
Hand thrown solid colour mug, Marks & Spencer.

Taking the plunge needn't be scary, even a small amount of 'moody blue' can make an impact in a room, whether it's in beautiful accessories, such as a collection of blue glassware, or for the bold, a feature wall.


If the latter's your choice, ensure there's plenty of natural light and balance it with neutrals. White's a classic contrast but may be a little harsh in a north-facing room; sludgy whites or even pale greys are a warmer choice, teamed with blond wood floors and stripped back furniture.



Paint a wall or an alcove in blue, or for a more decorative effect, opt for a wallpaper. "For maximum impact, be brave and paint all four walls in a dark, moody blue and position furniture in lighter complementary blue shades against these - the walls will work as a theatrical backdrop and help to stage your furniture," says Claire Hornby, creative stylist.


Just as a glimpse of blue sky is cheering, so is the sight of a deep blue accessory, and a selection of well displayed and carefully chosen pieces will give a boost to a jaded decor scheme.




"Beautiful blues are among the hottest hues this season, with punchy shades featuring across a number of designer collections," says Kate Mooney, founder of Occa-Home.


"Pieces in cobalt or azure are perfect for bringing a burst of summer freshness and, used as an accent colour, can anchor a scheme. Use the 'less is more' rule and allow pieces to star individually, or make them a focal point by displaying as a group."

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