Baby blues: three blue trends to float your boat
PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 July 2017
Set sail into summer with fresh schemes inspired by stark skies and seaside settings
You can’t beat the blues - instead you should embrace them this year, as they’re taking the interiors world by storm.
Be inspired by three settings - coastal, Moroccan, and ocean style - featuring bright blue sky shades through to dramatic deep indigo and moody sea greens. Simply choose a theme, and create the look with our top finds...
“This year, there’s a big focus on blues of all shades, and there’s no easier way to use them than by creating coastal style. Its enduring popularity is unsurprising, because it’s timeless, informal and so easy to live with,” says Alex Whitecroft, head of design at I Want Wallpaper.
“It’s all about recreating that peaceful, contented feeling that comes from a trip to the coast, within the home,” adds Alex.
“Texture can play a key part and realistic faux-effect driftwood, wood beam or pebble-effect wallpapers are perfect for a beach hut backdrop. Stripes are a traditional choice for conjuring a crisp, fresh seaside vibe.”
“Choose from a palette of cool blues and sandy neutrals to evoke hazy summer days by the sea, and build on the look with natural materials and furniture - distressed or weathered pieces will give a ‘lived in’ feel,” suggests Alex.
“Another fun way of introducing this style is by using wallpaper and accessories with nautical motifs, such as shells, anchors, lighthouses or vintage maps.”
“Moroccan style can be incredibly versatile,” says Sarah Quilliam, head of product design at curtain and blinds specialists, Hillarys.
“The current trend for all things geometric inspired by ikat and batik designs, combined with the classic pairing of intensely-hued blue and white, is Moroccan style made easy.
“It draws on a melting pot of influences,” Susan adds. “From a bohemian eclectic vibe that mixes rich Moorish colours with layers of vibrant pattern, through to calm minimalism, which blends a palette of cool white with accents of polished silver and bleached wood.
“It’s not about going overboard. Instead, keep the backdrop simple with whitewashed walls and floorboards for an authentic, summery feel,” advises Sarah.
“Bring in patterned textiles in bold indigo blue and white, such as curtains or rugs, to give a space an instant lift, and accessorise with lanterns, tray tables, and floor cushions for an Eastern feel.”
Catch the wave
“For a gentle, tranquil interpretation of shore style, replicate the colours of the ocean with its harmonious ever-changing blend of blue, green and teal shades,” suggests Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor, Furniture Choice.
“This palette will work well with natural materials - grained woods and stone - and can be dressed up or down to suit the mood,” adds Rebecca. “This look is a world away from the cheery beach-hut style, and more akin to a sanctuary on a far-flung shore.
“Layer pale, misty shades of blue, green and grey to give a tonal effect, and avoid anything too arresting, which will jolt the eye,” Rebecca says. “Soft, floaty fabrics - so characteristic of sun-bleached and sun-drenched settings - would also work well.
“Dress a bed with linen and cotton throws and accessorise with glass and ceramics in blues and greens, and beachcomber items such as shells and driftwood.”