Dark blue walls: the subject has cropped up recently in a few posts, but just in passing as it were, so I thought it was high time to address it head on. The change has been gathering pace for a while now, but I think it’s safe to say it’s now 100% official: blue is the new grey (sorry Downpipe).
Dark blue walls, especially deep, inky midnight blues that can sometimes look almost black in certain lights, are all over the place. So I’ve gathered together some of my favourite images that show just how fabulous colours and metallics look against these atmospheric hues.
Downpipe may have had its day for lots of people, but of course Farrow and Ball have dark blue walls nailed too. The very top picture, plus images above and below are of their glorious Stiffkey Blue, which teams beautifully with a host of other colours. Above, they’ve chosen a dusty lavender as counterpoint, and below they’ve put it with lighter colours including a very pastel just-pink. You can see below that in a lighter space it turns into an almost French blue.
Running a close second to Stiffkey in the Farrow and Ball popularity stakes is Hague Blue, which I’ve seen in countless pictures, but the one above is my favourite by a mile. Never mind the gorgeous walls, what about that incredible ceiling? Putting deep orange/red, mustard yellows and olive green against these blues is a match made in heaven.
And Hague Blue in particular seems to be a popular one for using in a gloss finish as in the picture below. Apparently it took six coats to get this lacquer-like finish. Now that’s dedication, but see how the lavender, orange and yellow sing out against it and how the light bounces around the room:
via peachythemagazine.com, photogragy by Dustin Peck
An ultra-deep, midnight blue is Basalt by Little Greene. Above it’s providing a superb backdrop for this brass table from Miafleur, whereas the image below reflects its dark and moody side. Hard to believe they’re the same colour, but that’s different lights for you.
Also from Little Greene is Hick’s Blue, a lighter blue but still with lots of drama, looking very smart in the kitchen above.
I’ll wrap up with rooms I’ve found on my travels around Pinterest and some of my favourite interiors blogs, and I’ve added original sources where I could. Enjoy!
You may also like to read:
A couple of beautiful interiors shots today, which I spotted on the Du...
It's fascinating to see what happens when young designers take inspira...
I'm just building myself up to a marathon pruning session in the g...