After a wet summer and an equally dreary winter, colour is making itself at home in this season’s interior design and fashion.
Primary colours are set to lead the pack, with yellow, red and blue all featuring heavily in this year’s interior trends, and right now, we’re definitely feeling blue.
From denim to cobalt and duck egg to navy, blue hues are sweeping the nation.
February’s Marie Claire featured spring fashions in electric cobalt and fresh aqua, while Monaco Blue features in Pantone’s 2013 spring colour fashion report.
Somewhat ironically, introducing blue into your home and wardrobe can help you banish ‘the blues’ as it’s a colour which stimulates clear thought and reflection, helping you to negate confusion and fear.
Designers predict that we will all become a little bit, or in some cases, a lot braver when it comes to our paint colour choices this year, and we are already beginning to see much more vibrant wall colours coming through.
A feature wall is a great alternative to a headboard, particularly if you prefer your furniture to have clean lines and simple shapes. Paint the wall behind your bed a bold blue such as Benjamin Moore’s ‘costa rica blue’.
And pick up the colour in your accessories, or a single item of furniture such as the Love chair in Moroccan blue.
Blue works equally well for men and women so it’s ideal for couples bedrooms.
The Patch rug from Barker and Stonehouse in ‘blue denim’ blends vintage looking oriental carpet designs in shades of blue to create a 21st twist on a classic while the super deep pile Plush Rug in Prussian blue is unrivalled for luxurious softness.
Denim blues in particular are big news this spring with mid blues coming out of the shadows of the more dramatic sapphire shades of last year.
The Kirby is a compact contemporary collection of sofas and armchairs, perfect for injecting some spring colours into your living room. Mix and match the collection in indigo and quince yellow to create a fresh and comfortable look.
For more ideas on how to use blue in your home, track down a copy of House Beautiful’s ‘350 inspiring ways to decorate with blue’ then grab a paint brush and get started!
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