Decorating With Colour - Blue

The colour blue has seen resurgence over the last couple of years, growing popular in contemporary kitchens when paired with classic white and marble finishes. We're set to see the colour extend out from the kitchen and into the rest of the home having been chosen by Dulux as the colour of 2017. They opted for a weathered and oiled blue, aptly named Denim Drift, but this descriptive blue might not suit all homes. Here we show you how to use different shades of blue throughout your home to achieve maximum impact with very little effort.

To achieve a harmonious feel to your home and create flow it's important that each room feels connected and not jarring to the eye. A great way to do this is choosing a simple colour palette that can translate to each individual space as well as working as a whole. Blue is a great choice as it comes in so many tones that it will work in any room of the house.

North facing rooms are naturally darker as they see little natural day light. The usual answer to this is paint everything white however it usually becomes more dingy or even clinical. Be brave and opt for a bold, darker shade of blue on every wall; it will make the space feel smaller however it will also give the impression of cosiness, something often lacking in north-facing rooms. If you're opting for a full room of colour extend this to the coving and ceiling (or at least with a blue-toned white) to balance out the room and make it appear taller. In a bathroom the same effect can be created by using the same tile from the floor up with a tonal paint colour on the ceiling.

South-facing rooms are the opposite, they have good natural light all day and therefore look better with paler tones of blue to really maximise that natural light and create freshness. Again use the same colour all over, including your woodwork, to really widen the space. If you want to give the room more height, graduate the colour by using lighter tones as you go up from wall, cornicing to ceiling. A great way to bring texture into a tiled space is using variation in tone; Attingham is a great example of this, the subtle difference in shade creates harmony whilst adding interest.

East-facing rooms were made for blue but it can be a little tricky to get the shade right as the light changes so dramatically throughout the day. To compensate for this try using a mixture of blues; an effective way of making a space look brighter is to use a lighter colour on larger surface areas such as the walls and then a darker tone on the woodwork. If you want to introduce a white into the scheme then remember to choose one with either a blue or green tone so it doesn't jar. Mixing colours doesn't have to stop with the walls, use Berkeley Slate Blue on the floor; the large pattern will help make a room look wider, perfect for a narrow bathroom.

A great way to make a room feel lighter is to paint the accompanying room a darker shade, it will help create that harmonious link between rooms but it will also give the illusion of brightness when entering from a darker space. This is perfect for a traditional house that has a long hallway, paint it a dark blue and it will appear shorter and then decorate the adjacent living room in a lighter colour and it will instantly look bigger and brighter in comparison.

When choosing a colour scheme for a room always consider artificial lighting, especially if you plan to use the room at night. Halogen and incandescent bulbs emit a yellow light and can make blues look greener; opt for LED lighting where possible to give the closest impression of daylight and the room's true colour.

In grown up spaces blue is often linked to a coastal aesthetic but if this isn't your desired look then stay away from harmonising greens and beiges (and any seagull prints!) and your space will look less like a B&B on the coast of Cornwall. Introduce more geometric patterns for a contemporary vibe, like Templo, an Aztec-inspired mosaic in pastel blues. To soften the look for your kitchen, pair the mosaic with rustic woods, a tonal blue paint and some earthy ceramics.

Blue really is the most versatile colour for your home; for more inspiration on how to use blue in your home follow our Pinterest board all about the colour blue (we're a little bit obsessed). For more guidance on complementary paint shades head over to Farrow & Ball's website, the paint experts, they make decorating easy!

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Parisian Apartment - Pinterest

Blue Ceiling - Pinterest

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