INTO THE BLUE
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
Inspiring ways to decorate with this classic shade
1 MOODY HUES
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.”
2 SPRING FRESH
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.
3 IN BLOOM
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.
4 ISLAND LIFE
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.
5 COOL AND CALM
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.
6 PATTERN PARTY
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.
7 INDIAN SUMMER
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.
8 MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS
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.
9 BOLD OVER
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.
10 PAST PERFECTED
“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 charmooninteriors.co.za Coricraft coricraft.co.za Designs by Day designsbyday.co.za Dreamweaver Studios dreamweaverstudios.co.za Egg Designseggdesigns.co.za Hertex hertex.co.za INCdecor incdecor.comLisa Walters Interiors [email protected]sawaltersinteriors.co.za Plasconplascon.com St Leger & Viney stleger.co.za The Textured Barn thetexturedbarn.com