Inspired By Nature: Into the Blue

Our perception of colour can be so heavily influenced by the world around us, that it’s impossible not to draw inspiration from nature when considering décor schemes. Blue hues can range from cool, polar blues that bring a sense of freshness, to warmer, bright blues that evoke thoughts of tropical oceans and azure skies. This spectrum of colour has such versatility that it can be used in any room to create your desired atmosphere. Here we look at how the tonal variants of blue can be interpreted for use within the home.


Storm scene image credit: Guillame


Creating a dark and moody space within your home is arguably one of the bravest schemes to try. This works well within smaller spaces as the inky blue hues create a more intimate atmosphere. This type of look lends itself to an all-encompassing room and so painting the door and woodwork will make you feel enveloped in the space. Feature furniture with slightly more dramatic shapes and punctuate the room with brighter coloured accents for a contemporary feel.


Walls painted in Stiffkey Blue, woodwork in Brassica and floor in Down Pipe, all from Farrow & Ball


Lake scene image credit: Jake Melara

A Scandinavian look and feel is almost guaranteed to appear effortlessly cool. With heavy influences from nature; the cold skies, reflective glacial lakes and breath-taking landscape, it maximises the use of blue tones sympathetic to each other, and how these work with natural textures and stripped back woods. This décor scheme has simplicity at its core and ensures that all elements of the room work together harmoniously to achieve serenity.


Walls painted in Lulworth Blue by Farrow & Ball


Blues 9 - Wotjek Witkowski

Evening image credit: Wotjek Witkowski

As the day draws to a close, the landscape below can often become bathed in a mysterious blue hue. With an almost ethereal appearance, this enigmatic colour can be translated into the home by mixing duskier blues within the same room. Using an almost dirtier hue as a background, provides a foundation from which to build up and layer the other hues around the room, whether it’s with vintage books, a subtle rug or by taking the colour up and over the ceiling to create an embracing room space.


Wall painted in Stone Blue from Farrow & Ball


Blues 5 - Ilya

Blue sky image credit: Ilya

Bright blue tones instantly energise and enliven the spirit of anyone who enters the room. Taking the eye-catching depth of colour from the sky, will bring a sense of the outdoors, in and will make up for any darker or dismal days. Pair with a lighter coloured woodwork and floor, and add natural touches around the room, such as wicker baskets and wooden photo frames, to provide balance and prevent the room from feeling too animated or infantile. This particular hue works especially well in kitchens and family rooms and has proved to be a popular choice over the past few years.


Wall painted in Cook’s Blue from Farrow & Ball

The Chromologist


The Chromologist is a colour whisperer. He understands and knows them better than they know themselves, translating their pleas to be used beautifully for humankind. It's unknown from whence he came. Some say the fraction of space between a prism and a spectrum, others say he toiled in the fabled colour mines of Svalbard for years untold, deep underground, speaking only to the reds and blues, cerises and aquas, bronze and golds...

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