Dark blue walls: the subject has cropped up recently in a few posts, but just in passing as it were. High time, I thought, 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, it seems, are all over the place. Especially deep, inky midnight blues that can sometimes look almost black in certain lights. So I’ve gathered together some of my favourite images that show just how fabulous rich colours and gleaming metallics can 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 the image above is of their glorious Stiffkey Blue. See how beautifully it teams with a host of other colours, like the dusty lavender above.
And here they’ve put it with lighter colours including a very pastel just-pink. You can see that in this particular space it turns into an almost French blue.
Running a close second to Stiffkey in the Farrow and Ball popularity stakes is Hague Blue. I’ve seen this inky blue shade 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 popular 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, don’t you think? 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.
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. But also see how totally un-sugary that coral pink stool pink looks with this dark blue wall behind it.
Furniture & accessories for dark blue rooms
Here’s a short edit of some of my favourite colourful and metallic furniture and accessories that work brilliantly with dark blue walls:
Dark blue walls decorating ideas
I’ll wrap up with these gorgeous dark blue walls I’ve found via Pinterest and some of my favourite interiors blogs. (I’ve added original sources where I could).