Moody Blue Interiors

15.09.15

Temperatures are dropping fast and days are turning in much earlier now that summer is on it’s way out, making me drawn to moody hues perfect for fall. Though I’m typically drawn to light places, I do love the impact a dark element or two can make to a space. I’ve been working on a bedroom restyle for a client recently and we’ve been toying with using Farrow & Ball’s ‘Stiffkey Blue‘ on the walls which I’m a bit excited about, and then last weekend I took the plunge and painted the inside of my front door ‘Railings‘ by ‘Farrow & Ball’ – a deep, black/blue colour which has warmed up our entry way very nicely. Dark blue, while a little scary at first for those who are timid to the idea of rich lashings of colour on their walls, works well in pretty much every room of the home, so I wanted to show you some spaces that really make it work and how.

dark blue my scandi home

IN THE LIVING ROOM:

Dark blue walls add an instant mood factor in a living space, amping up the cosiness and giving a space drama. I love dark blue walls paired with lots of texture and interesting textiles. Side note, this space is making me long for the textiles I just spend five days pining over in Marrakech. It was epic. Will share more about that later. On with the dark blue walls!

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Make it work: Natural materials such as wood {oak and walnut}, brass and terra-cotta will not only come alive against the rich dark walls, but will give the space an organic feel to it and downplay the inherent opulence of the deep colour scheme. With dark walls, one large, dramatic piece of art is sometimes all that is needed to finish off a room. Choose this piece carefully and go for a simple frame in a natural material such as wood.

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CHILDREN’S ROOM:

Dark blue is such a wonderful colour to use in a children’s bedroom or playroom because although all the other colours in the room will spring to life against the deep blue, it still manages to stay calming and soothing.

Make it work: Pair dark blue with crisp white to keep the space feeling fresh and light. Layer in muted tones in pinks {salmon, nude, blush}, reds, yellows {ochre and mustard} and light greys, and have fun with pattern and large artworks and prints that will pop against the dark backdrop.

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IN THE KITCHEN:

The kitchen can be a relatively chilly place to be, particularly first thing in the morning in the cooler months, so the idea of adding a dramatic wall appeals to me. I’ve been in love with the image above of the white kitchen with the painting of a woman against a dark blue wall for such a long time. There’s just something about that kitchen that I love. Perhaps it’s a drama-meets-simplicity thing, but it has a wonderful sense of comfort to it.

Make it work: A dark blue wall is a great backdrop against which to display your beautiful kitchenwares. Choose open shelving in a natural material such as wood {go for oak or walnut} and display a curated collection of dinner plates, bowls, dishes,earthenware and special decorative pieces suitable in the kitchen such as an artisan pestle & mortar, interesting cutlery you can display and artwork.

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IN THE HALLWAY:

Often forgotten, the hallway is a perfect space to play around with colour and add personality to your home. Family photos or artwork that didn’t make the cut into the main living areas and are looking for a home are just begging for a deep blue backdrop to lean against. Pretty much anything looks amazing on a dark blue wall, folks.

Make it work: Hallways are generally the smallest areas of the home {particularly if you live in this art of the world} so using a dark colour on the walls will make it appear even smaller. Keeping the ceiling white, floors light and decluttering the entryway will ensure the hallway is a cosy spot and not a cluttered, dark hole.

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Well I don’t know about you but I’m just about ready to roll up my sleeves and slap some dark paint on my walls at home!  I came very close to doing it in the bedroom project, but decided against it because the room was too small and now I’m kinda wishing I’d just bitten the bullet. Truth is, colour scares me somewhat. Or at least that’s what I thought that for a long time but lately I’ve had a revelation. I have realized that it’s not fear that keeps me from getting all colour happy on my walls. It’s that colour inspires me so much that I know I’ll be repainting the walls in no time when another colour takes my fancy so just don’t go down that path in the first place.

What about you? Are you daring enough to paint a deep, moody and bold colour on your walls like dark blue?

 

H x

4 Responses to “Moody Blue Interiors”

  1. says:

    Totaly in the same mood 🙂 I am dreaming of dark blue in my kitchen and hall for weeks… I find it difficult to choose the right color, do you have some pictures of “Railings” in action? Thank you!

    • Holly says:

      Railings (or another dark blue) is beautiful for the hallway, but best in a space where there is at least a little bit of natural light to avoid it looking and feeling like a tunnel. Added a link to Railings so check it out. It’s really lovely! Holly

  2. Ok… I am totally in love with the blue walls that appear to be in either a eat in kitchen
    Or a dining room. Please share the color.

    • Holly says:

      We are too, Traci! Our favourite rich blue shades like the ones seen in these images are Farrow & Ball’s ‘Hague Blue’ and Little Greene’s ‘Scree’.

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