According to trend experts, Classic Blue is the colour to watch this year. So exactly how can we use this colour in our homes?
From pale powder to inky and dark blues – blue has always had broad appeal for use in any room in the house. Its association with the sky and sea make it a good choice for either bathrooms or Coastal style living rooms, whereas bolder inky blues work well on soft furnishing prints. Try the Cordoba in Deepest indigo by Rapture & Wright fabric for a cushion, blind or headboards.
Although dark or inky blue can remain classic, it can also add a contemporary twist and is a good choice for kitchen units mixed with marble or oak. In fact paired with neutral wall units, dark blue was one of the most popular colours for the kitchen island last year, according to leading kitchen companies.
Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue is a firm favourite as it adds drama and richness to any interior. If you don’t want to go too bold then mix it with neutrals in a living room and team it with brick red or raspberry furnishings – Oakleaves in Fuchsia by Blithfield looks fabulous against dark blue walls.
If dark or inky blues are too much for you then opt for a mid blue such as Farrow & Ball's Pitch Blue or Paint & Paper Library’s Blue Pearl, as these are more traditional and work well against oak and light stone flooring, so lend themselves perfectly to country interiors. Alternatively mixing a blue wall tile with a neutral also adds country style to a kitchen or utility room.
For paler blue interiors – try Farrow and Ball's Lulworth Blue, Parma Gray or Bone China Blue by Little Greene, all of which can be used to create tranqility and calmness in a bedroom or hallway. To create a Coastal look pair these blues with white or mix them with earthy reds or yellows to add warmth. Alternatiely, if you don’t want to paint an entire room in a soft blue, then use a neutral shade on the walls and introduce different levels of blues on wallcovering or soft furnishings