Out with the old, in with the blue

Oval room blue

My living room in Oval room blue, (colour matched  using Valspar) and the Ikea Stocksund chair in Tallmyra Blue

So, I have to be honest, this blog post does come with a side of bias as blue is my favourite hue.

I love how versatile and vast the blue colour palette is. There really is a shade for every room, occasion or mood you’re looking to create. Whether you’re a fan of a stormy and sumptuous Hague Blue or you’re looking for a light and breezy Sheer Bliss, there’s an option for all blue-lovers – even those who don’t realise how much they love the colour yet!

Traditionally viewed as a cool colour, I actually love how a touch of deep or royal blue can instantly make a room appear warmer. I transformed my nice, but bland living room by painting a simple feature wall colour-matched to Farrow and Ball’s Oval Room Blue (see pic above). I worried it would be too dark and make the room appear smaller but it actually adds so much depth to the room and it feels so much cosier now.  Whilst we’re on the subject of paint, I would highly recommend using the Valspar colour match service available at B&Q. It’s a great affordable alternative to F&B and provides excellent coverage. 

It doesn’t just work on walls, there are some beautiful statement blue sofas on the market which against a neutral backdrop can create a stunning centrepiece for any living room. Think along the lines of a plush velvet chesterfield, or the super squidgy Crumpet sofa from Loaf which is available in a whopping 50 shades of blue. 

Loaf Crumpet Sofa, from £1,195

If you’re looking for a more subtle way of introducing the shade into your home, think natural wallpaper with a blue french stripe or vintage rose print . Textiles are also the obvious and most cost-efficient way of experimenting and look great paired with a deep blush (feminine), mustard (very ‘now’) or oxblood (classic), depending on your personal style.

Left – right
Farrow and Ball Tented Stripe wallpaper in Sky blue and beige, MW by Matthew Williamson tassel cushion, Julius mustard velvet cushion from Made.com, Ralph Lauren Vintage Dauphine wallapaper
Farrow and Ball, Hague Blue
Ikea Stocksund range in Tallmyra Blue

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