be brave with bolder blues
Use a strong single colour in a variety of ways throughout your home to link your rooms and create a vibrant, on-trend look
Link your rooms by choosing a hero hue
Blue is sometimes thought of as a cold colour, which means people can be wary about using it in abundance. However, if it’s used in the appropriate way, the right shade can transform a room to achieve a cool, contemporary look.
So (you heard it here first!) – with its vibrant and fresh feel, blue is expected to be the must-have colour for 2017. Here are a few ideas for working it into your home.
Blue has never looked so warm. Start with a colourful sofa and pair with coordinating cushions for a luxurious feel. The stripes break up the intensity of the colour for a more laid-back feel. Cooper two-and-a-half-seat sofa in Navy, £1,680, Sofa.com
Splash of colour
Paint specific parts of your room in blue tones for an eye-catching element. You don’t have to use the colour as a block, either. Why not go for an ombre effect or create patterns for a fun look. Wall painted in Cornflower Heart and seed Pod emulsion, both £36 per 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran
Brighten up a blue space with a mix of brightly coloured accessories. These stylish, vibrant lampshades add a striking effect, especially when paired with contrasting orange and grey. Coolio hat pendants, from £38 each, Pooky
We love the look of this wooden plank-effect wallpaper (above). a very versatile design, the distressed, rustic pattern is perfect for use in cool, as well as warm, schemes. although this works as a great backdrop, wallpaper needn’t only be used on walls. Why not make a feature in your space by lining the panels of a door or even the back of a bookshelf to create a special display area. albany Into the Woods Berkeley wallpaper, £29 per roll, Wallpaperdirect
This clever ombre-style paint effect gives a tranquil impression of the wall gently merging into the floor. Esme fabric bed frame, £599; Carousel plain twist carpet in Aqua, £15.99 per sq m, both Carpetright
Let there be light
these blue-painted shutters are an ideal way to create a statement in a room. to carry the colour through the house, choose curtains or blinds in a similar shade for other rooms. Classic Poplar wooden shutters painted in atlantic surf, from £219 per sq m, California shutters
This statement headboard looks great paired with blue accessories. The patterned rug and cushions draw the scheme together and stand out against the white duvet set. Burdock bed, £545, Button & Sprung
‘if you’re unsure about using such vivid shades, keep your background neutral and bring in accessories in one bold shade’
Choosing blinds in a brighter shade is very effective, especially when they contrast with the walls