“Navy blue owes its ozonic whiff of brisk respectability to the ocean. It was the sea that bore cakes of indigo dye – made from dried, fermented Indigofera tinctoria leaves – from India and South America to the port of Europe, and it was the seafarers who first adopted the darkest shade of indigo dye…” Quoted from ‘A Colourful Tale – Navy’ by Kassia St. Clair, Elle Decoration, May 2014.
Incorporating blue colours may be the most timeless way to design a room or a home. Blue is a colour that seems to always be up-to-date, and a love of blue is often a life long affair. Many designers tend to use blue over and over again. A blue colour reflects the ocean and the sky and is also associated with honesty.
Blue can be a cold colour, and is said to be especially good for bedrooms because of its calming effect. I find blue good for any room, but the way you combine it with other colours may be crucial to how the colour makes you feel.
Natural linen, leather, oak, aged and dark wood are all great combinations in a room with blue hues. You can give your room a touch of blue in the form of tiles, some cushions, a sofa or a chair.
Decorate your home with neutral colours and it will instantly feel airy and relaxing – freshen up with some blue colours. For some reason, I find the darker blues easier to combine with warmer colours in order to design a balanced, warm and inviting room.
For a softer touch, you can add different nuances of the same blue tone.
To warm up your favourite blue, you can always add different shades of taupe or a palette of brown.
If you want your walls to be blue, choose a smaller and darker room – a library, entrance, TV room or a bedroom can be perfect for a richer colour. A small room is actually more likely too feel and look good in a darker colour than a larger room will.
A designer who is likely to decorate with a dash of blue is Emily Henderson, take a look at her stunning designs here.
Other notable designers who are known for their timeless and sophisticated style are the duo Heiberg Cummings. Check out their Pinterest page here.
By Our Home & Garden Blogger, Helene Arentz.