The color blue is one of my top two, or maybe three, favorite hues to use as an interior designer. In my Manhattan apartment the Living Room walls were a reflective, high-gloss, sky blue, and the Master Suite walls were a matte French Blue. In my current home in Virginia, the palette is a more relaxed, and a broader spectrum of blues and whites. Yet while I’m completely comfortable with light to medium shades of the color, I have yet to venture into the deeper blues: such as royal blue, cobalt, navy, and indigo.
Darker shades of blue are an unexplored as-of-yet frontier for us, and as I’ve started to take an interest, I love seeing these saturations used perhaps less often on walls, and definitely more often on statement furniture pieces: like the sofa. As is visible in editorials, actors and fashion bloggers, and families of four (and more) have embraced the deeper blue sofa as a sexy intersection of masculine and feminine–that also acts as a practical neutral. Especially when tufted and upholstered in a textured fabric like a durable velvet or hard-working ultra-suede, the blue sofa –whether within a contemporary or traditional aesthetic– is that much more luxurious, cozy, and inviting.
Interior Design: Toronto Interior Design Group.
Image Source: New York Times. Interior Design: Alexa Hampton of Mark Hampton.
Image Source: Dwell.
Image Source: Yellow Trace. Interior Design: Carl Sprague.
Image Source: HomeDSGN. Interior Design: Peter Mikic.
Image Source and Interior Design: Franklin Salasky and Victoria Borus of B Five Studio.
Image Source: This is Glamorous. Interior Design: David Collins.
Image Source: Song of Style.
Image Source: My Favorite And My Best.
Interior Design: Amanda Nisbet.
Image Source: Architectural Digest Russia. Interior Designer Ksenia Nikitina’s Moscow penthouse.
Image Source: Coroflot. Interior Design: Thom Filicia.
Image Source: Crate and Barrel.
Interior Design: James and Phoebe Howard, via House Beautiful.
Image Source: Elle Decor España. Interior Design: Sandra Behaumou.