How to use blue in your living room decor

Blue is a classic choice for decorating your home - here's our guide to picking the right shade for you

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Glittering oceans, summer skies, sapphire jewels – there’s no denying that there’s something really beautiful about the colour blue. So, it was no surprise to us when the colour experts at Pantone named comforting ‘classic blue’ as their favourite shade for 2020!

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A lick of the right blue paint can make a room feel tranquil, fresh or sophisticated, but choosing the right hue can be daunting – especially when there are so many paint and accessory shades available.

‘Deep, dark blue tones are generally best suited to smaller rooms that are already starved of natural light’ explains Charlie Crosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball. ‘Instead of fighting the existing gloom with white, you embrace it and make a virtue of its drama in the rooms you love to relax in.’

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Chalky, maritime blues, on the other hand, can make a room feel welcoming and spring-like, whilst styling classic navy with brilliant white can achieve a relaxed, seaside feel. Want to know which blue is right for your style? Keep reading for our favourite blue living room ideas…

Style with white for a fresh, nautical feel

Blue living room ideas

Remember… opting for blue in your living room doesn’t necessarily mean you have to commit to a dark, moody interior. Pair classic navy blue with brilliant white to achieve a light, nautical feel that’s worthy of a beautiful summer lake house in the Hamptons.

How to

Choose bright, fresh white for major walls and furniture, then style in vibrant navy blue using soft furnishings, feature furniture and accessories – just like the rugs, throws and artwork featured above. Add in some natural greenery to make the space feel truly airy and tranquil.

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Mix with moody metallics for a luxury look

Blue living room ideas

Whilst blue is often a colour associated with calm, tranquillity and peace, you can also juxtapose deep, dramatic blue with bold and striking metallics to add drama and sophistication to your space.

How to

To make a real impact, choose a deep shade of blue with predominantly green undertones – Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue is a great example – as these mirror the tones of vintage gold and brass.

Style against metallic furnishings that feature timeless, iconic design – pieces with an echo of Art Deco style, like this cabinet from Swoon Editions, work particularly well. In need of inspiration? Think moody and luxurious New York cocktail bars.

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Pair with bold pattern and more pops of colour

Blue living room ideas

Cobalt blue and coral are a match made in heaven. Throw in some mustard and you’ll achieve a summery, Evie Kemp-esque look that’s vibrant and intriguing – because life’s too short to be boring.

How to

Don’t be afraid to mix colour with more colour. Start with a neutral base – a light, wheat tone works well and prevents the room from looking too clinical – before adding cobalt blue, coral and other brights using textured accessories and abstract artwork.

To take it one step further (as pictured), freehand a pattern with pencil on your feature wall, and carefully fill it in with tester pots, making sure each colour dries before adding the next. Be sure to not make your pattern too accurate or symmetrical – it’ll have far more impact if it’s not perfect.

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