Colour is key for 2018, so wave goodbye to white walls and expand your horizons with these interiors ideas in every shade of blue, from cornflower to cobalt
Whether it makes you think of clear skies, calm seas or classic denim, blue is an incredibly versatile colour – and, according to a recent YouGov survey, it’s the world’s favourite. With an array of shades, from chic navy to palest powder, it’s easy to find one that suits you and your home. Dive in with these ideas, from whole-room redesigns to quick, affordable updates.
Room revamp: For real impact in your living room, invest in a piece of statement furniture with upholstery in a colour and material you love, from light linen to rich, dark velvet. If a sofa feels like too much, opt for an armchair or love seat. Grey and blue are a match made in heaven, so mix in shades of charcoal or dove in your furniture, walls or accessories.
Quick fix: Add colour the easy way with cushions in complementary tones; play with texture and finish, from dip-dye to plush velvet.
Room revamp: Small updates can have a big impact. Transform the look of your table top – and your room – with a crockery set in beautiful blue. Try a two-tone effect for added interest. Tableware like this looks too good to hide away, so prop or stack it on open shelves when it’s not in use – it’ll be close to hand for mealtimes and will add a flash of colour to your kitchen or dining room.
Quick fix: Mix and match crockery to refresh your table settings without investing in a whole new dinner service: blue side plates will pep up white or grey tableware in moments. Coloured glass makes a striking display, too. Group vases in different shapes or sizes, and add matching flowers for extra impact.
Room revamp: Paint a wall in your favourite shade of blue. Pale tones will bring a calm, serene feeling to your bedroom, or try darker options like navy for a look that’s both sophisticated and supremely cosy. Try painting the ceiling in a lighter shade for blue skies all year round.
Quick fix: Add a splash of colour that you can switch up any time with new bed linen and towels. This is an easy, affordable way to bring in pattern, too, from pretty botanical prints to simple stripes.
Home editor: Jo Caulkett