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Thursday 2 October 2014

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

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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.

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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.

 

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"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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