Although purple is the semi-official ‘colour of the year’, according to Pantone anyway, it is purple’s distant cousin – blue – that has been really getting the attention of designers in 2014 – whether in the world of interiors or fashion. Here are ten ways of injecting this versatile colour into your home this year.
1. Cobalt Blue Pottery
Cobalt blue is a very traditional colour, often seen on some rather stunning pieces of pottery. ‘True’ cobalt blue was used exclusively by Chinese porcelain makers until the 18th Century, when Europeans found out the secret to making the colour. Coupling cobalt with white or beige really helps bring the colour to the fore and keeps it elegant.
2. Floral Prints
Both floral prints and blues are in-style at the moment, so why not combine the two? There are many ways of bringing blue floras into your rooms, whether it be kitchen/bathroom tiling, throws, cushions or practically any other home decoration/accessory for that matter. There are also plenty of great patterns to choose from.
As with floral patterns, almost any room in the home can use materials with geometric patterns. Geometric patterns are eye-catching, beautiful and can in some instances be as artistic as a framed painting. Geometric patterns are also a great way of bring a livelier feel to plain rooms.
4. Blue Walls
Blue walls can look great, especially when paired with white interiors. Together they create a calm, relaxing space you’ll never want to leave. If the thought of being surrounded by blue walls is a little too much for you, though, consider a blue feature wall (paint or paper) instead.
5. An Entirely Blue Room?
A room can seem garish and overpowering when covered entirely in one colour. This is especially true of brighter colours such as red or yellow. However, even blue interiors can look offensive to the eye, despite the colour being relatively neutral and favoured by many. Why? Because, in order to pull off a completely blue (or any other) coloured room, various shades have to be used. Lighter shades like Alice blues ought to be combined with medium blues, Oxford blues and indigos to make a one-coloured blue room nice to look at.
6. Complementary Colours
Adding a small amount of colours such as red, orange or yellow can reinforce the blue you are using. Complementary colours are ideally used sparingly, as even a little amount can have a significant impact. However, different ratios can be used when other colours are added.
7. Think Like Yves Klein
Yves Klein is an artist who worked initially in monochrome, before turning all-blue. Klein even has his own colour, International Klein Blue, which was invented by him and is similar to the colour ultramarine. Yves Klein’s colour can now be found on objects of all types, including tables and fabrics. Some all-blue artwork is a homage to Klein’s work, and there are some great reproductions to be found.
8. Blue Sofas
Blue is a classic colour for sofas and chairs. A blue sofa can be anything from cool, light and springy to warm, inviting and relaxing. Sofa Workshop’s Petite Reader chair, for example, comes in Navy Blue Brushed Cotton, Airforce Blue Moonearth and Indigo Luscious fixed covers. Our new Little Jon Sofa is also available in the rich Navy Blue Brushed Cotton fixed cover.
9. Blue Lamps & Light Shades
Those who wish to use blue simply to accent a room, as opposed to redecorating or buying new furniture, should consider good quality lamps or light shades. When you walk into someone’s living room, how often do you notice the lamps/light shades? Probably not very often, and that’s because most people go for ones in neutral colours. A couple of blue lamps or light shades can make an otherwise unremarkable room really ‘pop’.
10. Blue Lights?
Recent studies have shown that blue light can disturb sleep patterns, as the eye is very sensitive to blue’s wavelength. Therefore, blue lights are best avoided for use as night lights in bedrooms or as a colour in rooms buzzing with electrical equipment. Blue lights are better used in small amounts, preferably in bathrooms or kitchens where the colour’s relaxing tones can be properly appreciated.