Hello, sailor! 2018’s hottest decor colour is mak­ing waves.

De­sign turns to the dark side for win­ter. BY CARLI WHITWELL

ELLE (Canada) - - Insider -

WHEN­EVER I HAVE A per­for­mance re­view or pre­sen­ta­tion at work, I’ll pull out my fave navy-blue dress, a Roland Mouret-in­spired piece that in­stantly makes me feel more Claire Un­der­wood (mi­nus the so­cio­pathic ten­den­cies) than my fraz­zled self. The cut is great, but my dress’ power is in its colour. It’s a deep shade that’s com­mand­ing with­out be­ing loud, chic with­out try­ing too hard.

This fall, the run­ways, from Cé­line to Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, were full of the qui­etly em­pow­er­ing hue, although the best ex­am­ple was Maria Grazia Chi­uri’s all-blue sopho­more show for Dior. Models walked on a sap­phire wa­ter­colour-es­que run­way wear­ing ev­ery­thing from corseted indigo vel­vet gowns to cham­bray work suits. The show was an ode to Chris­tian Dior him­self, who once de­clared, “Among all colours, navy blue is the only one that can ever com­pete with black; it has all the same qual­i­ties.”

Mon­sieur Dior would be happy to know that, this sea­son, the clas­sic colour is also hav­ing a resur­gence in our homes. Maybe it’s a re­sponse to the ubiq­ui­tous mil­len­nial pink, but richer tones are back. “Peo­ple are ex­plor­ing moody in­te­ri­ors: lots of plas­ter walls, dark mar­ble, deep greens and vel­vet fur­ni­ture,” says Jes­sica Nakan­ishi of Toronto de­sign firm MSDS Stu­dio. She de­scribes the ideal deep blue as “cool but still rich; it has a cer­tain for­mal­ity with­out be­ing too staid.”

Think of it as your home’s new neu­tral, adds Sébastien Fau­teux, cre­ative di­rec­tor for Ur­ban Barn. “The good thing about blue is that it works well with a warmer palette: beige and taupe, but also with a more con­tem­po­rary colour palette such as grey.” The hue also plays well with brass, wood and wools, adds Nakan­ishi, not­ing that low­com­mit­ment op­tions like throws and blan­kets are the best way to try the trend.

That said, don’t be afraid to make a state­ment. When you paint or wall­pa­per your walls deep blue, it has a trompe l’oeil ef­fect that makes the room

seem big­ger. Told you it’s a power colour. n

2 4 1 3 5 1. Wood and cot­ton chair, Clas­siCon ($4,790, at Av­enue Road, av­enue-road. com). 2. Earthen­ware vase, CB2 ($22, cb2.com). 3. Leather and can­vas bag, Louis Vuit­ton ($4,500, louisvuit­ton.com). 4. Ce­ramic lamp, Ur­ban Barn ($149, ur­ban­barn.com). 5. Cot­ton tow­els, Zara ($13.90 and $39.90, zara­home.com).

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