Calm, cool and collected, the colour blue is a decorating win-win: not only does it make a beautiful base for a scheme but it’s scientifically proven to be a subconsciously calming shade, making you relax without even realising it.
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From indigo to navy and cobalt, blue hues sit particularly well together, so offer great scope for pattern mixing. In this living room, cushions with small-scale motifs are successfully combined
with robust striped blinds and a bold indigo geometric on the screen.
For a cosy fisherman's cottage feel, try a new twist on tongue-and-groove by taking it up to picture rail height and painting it in a shade that complements the colour of the chambray curtains and upholstered headboard.
An adjoining bathroom offers an opportunity for more adventurous decorating, as shown here with the strong wall colour and chequered flooring. Echoing the palette of the bedroom scheme ensures a unified look.
A patchwork of textural blue wall tiles create an elegant splash back with an artisanal feel. The rest of the space has been kept clean and bright with white fixtures and fittings, and a touch of contrasting greenery.
Opting for bold, block colour, such as azure, denim or sapphire, on upholstery and in rugs allows depth to be added with pattern. Here, a fine ticking stripe and geometric print fabrics provide lively highlights that catch the eye.
A flamboyant floral wallpaper is the defining feature of this contemporary kitchen diner, in which the curtains, furniture and splashback have been kept understated so as not to compete. Natural foliage brings an accent colour and fresh finishing touches to the blue-and-white scheme.
An upholstered screen is ideal for partitioning off a study area in an open-plan room. Using different fabrics on the front and reverse doubles its decorative impact, by introducing two feature patterns that can be rotated for an easy change of look.
Sumptuous layering of texture and pattern is the key to this serene blue-and-white bedroom scheme. A bold headboard fabric creates a focal point, complemented by a curtain and cushion in similar shades, while the valance and throw add essential warmth and softness.
Breathing new life into the classic coastal look, our schemes feature a breezy palette of blues, from soft shades of pale sky through to denim, teal and Breton navy, all complemented by pops of vibrant red.
A glazed white cabinet can be turned into a striking focal point by painting the inside a wonderful deep indigo or lining it in a dark, textural linen. Leaving the shelves white creates a point of contrast, ideal for displaying china.