Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue on walls and doorDark 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.

dark blue wall - Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue with Brassica trimDownpipe 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.

Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue on wall with white skirting and floorAnd 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.

Farrow and Ball Hague Blue living room walls with orange ceiling
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

dark blue wall with brass mirror and side table

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.

dark blue bedroom wall in Basalt by Little Greene with coral stool

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:

Orange Velvet Armchair | Blush & Brass Pendant Light | Yellow Stool | Pink Frame Cotton Velvet Armchair | Penfold Velvet Footstools


Light Tan Leather Sofa | Nalla Leather Sling Chair | Sunburst Mirror | Ziggy Brass Cabinet | Huxley Brass Table Lamp | Brass Coffee Table

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).

Farrow and Ball Stiffkey blue living room walldark blue wall in contemporary kitchenvia Pinterest
BIA_DINING ROOMvia Because It’s Awesome


via The Art of Bespoke

via nousdecor.com on Pinterest

via myfriendshouse.co.uk

via My Scandinavian Home

via Pinterest



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