If there's any colour that epit­o­mises sum­mer, it's blue. Peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar, it lends it­self to all types of schemes from coastal fresh to moody and dra­matic

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In­spir­ing ways to dec­o­rate with this clas­sic shade


By paint­ing the walls in Plas­con’s Nep­tune Cas­tle, Nicky Gold­stone of De­signs by Day es­tab­lished the so­phis­ti­cated yet play­ful ef­fect she wanted. “The rich colour brings out the jewel tones of the green sofa from our Am­buwani range as well as the scat­ters,” she ex­plains. Adding to the luxe look are metal­lic touches in the Suri Light from Egg De­signs and gold tray. “What works here is the con­trast of the hard and soft, geo­met­rics and soft wa­ter­colours.”


The ad­di­tion of fresh green al­ways crisps up a pale blue scheme. In this din­ing room, a pat­terned wall­pa­per, Hillock, off­sets a beau­ti­ful f lo­ral, Des­mond, both by Thibaut from St Leger & Viney. Chairs up­hol­stered in a strik­ing mod­ern pat­tern pre­vent the room from look­ing too tra­di­tional and plenty of white ac­cents keep it fresh.


As the own­ers love tra­di­tional blue and white, in­te­rior de­signer Lisa Wal­ters cre­ated a pat­tern on pat­tern ef­fect for their liv­ing room. “But I lifted it with touches of red,” she ex­plains. The start­ing points were the large for­mat f lo­ral wall­pa­per from St Leger & Viney and pale blue sofa. She added scat­ter cush­ions in chi­nois­erie and f lo­ral de­signs, also from St Leger & Viney, and ar­range­ments of blue and white Spode to com­plete the tra­di­tion-with-a-twist look.


To give this grey kitchen a lift, Bron­wyn Smidt of The Tex­tured Barn had the is­land painted soft aqua, which, to­gether with match­ing bar stools, gives the kitchen a light fresh feel and makes an at­trac­tive con­trast to the raw wood fin­ishes.


As it ref lects the sky, pale blue has a calm­ing ef­fect. In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed de­signer Thom Fili­cia’s Al­ti­tude Col­lec­tion wall­pa­per is en­hanced in this liv­ing room by al­most-there glass ta­bles, sub­tle geo­met­ric pat­terns and touches of com­ple­men­tary soft yel­low. The wall­pa­per and fab­rics are all by Kravet from St Leger & Viney.


You can com­bine a num­ber of dif­fer­ent blue and white pat­terns in one room. The se­cret is to choose pat­terns with the same in­ten­sity of blue. Here, a small bird de­sign wall­pa­per forms the back­drop to lay­ers of prints in the scat­ter cush­ions and rug. De­sign by Char­moon In­te­ri­ors.


For in­stant im­pact, you can’t go wrong with a state­ment wall­pa­per like Ei­jffin­ger’s Sa­vor from Dreamweave­r Stu­dios. Use it in an en­trance hall to set an ex­otic sum­mery mood. It would also be highly ef­fec­tive in a pow­der room or be­hind a bed. Then, let the de­sign shine by keep­ing the rest of the fur­nish­ings and walls plain.


Like char­coal, blue has be­come one of the new neu­trals. It can look ex­tremely dra­matic when used for an en­tire room, a

tech­nique that can make a small room ap­pear larger. Here, the walls and built-in book­case were painted the same deep navy, which is re­peated in the plush, vel­vet sofa. Adding con­trast is a blue leop­ard print and an ori­en­tal f lo­ral de­sign. Set against the dark back­ground, sim­ple items such as the pine cone or­na­ment and f loor lamp take on a sculp­tural ap­pear­ance.


Dec­o­rat­ing with deep dra­matic blue doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that the room will look dark. In this study, Ocean Blues Trel­lis wall­pa­per and walls in the cor­re­spond­ing paint from INCdecor were off­set with a white ceil­ing, white-framed art­work and a white sofa from Cor­i­craft, re­sult­ing in a bold, yet fresh scheme.


“As it has a fire­place, this ve­randa is of­ten used as a cigar lounge where sherry, cof­fee and cigars are served after a din­ner party,” ex­plains in­te­rior de­signer Lisa Wal­ters who com­bined darker shades of blue for a for­mal, plush look.

“We chose tra­di­tional, com­fort­able so­fas and I used vel­vets, f locked fab­rics, lux­u­ri­ous tex­tures and touches of gold to add glam­our.” The rug and cush­ion fab­rics are from Her­tex, sofa fab­rics from St Leger & Viney and the ac­ces­sories from Lisa Wal­ters In­te­ri­ors.

SOURCES Char­moon In­te­ri­ors char­moon­in­te­ri­ Cor­i­craft cor­i­ De­signs by Day de­signs­by­ Dreamweave­r Stu­dios dreamweave­r­stu­ Egg De­signseggde­ Her­tex her­ INCdecor incdecor.comLisa Wal­ters In­te­ri­ors [email protected]­sawal­tersin­te­ri­ Plas­conplas­ St Leger & Viney The Tex­tured Barn thetex­tured­

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