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

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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.

True blue

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,

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

Strong ac­cents

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

Fea­ture wall

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

Tread­ing wa­ter

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

Cosy up

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

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