sky blue thinking
When I see homes with sky blue interiors it gets me very excited for the year ahead, those spring and summery hues have that wonderful freshness that hails the start of a new year of life and growth.
This wonderful colour seems to provide a fabulous backdrop for some creative interiors, too, and I’ve had the pleasure of styling a number of beautiful homes over the years that embrace this timeless choice.
Art, whether it’s modern and colourful or classic with a statement frame, and personal collections really stand out against a fresh shade such as the one picked by Katherina for her elegant drawing room, or the more watery hue Lisa chose for her vintage-packed sitting room, or even the deeper tones seen in the bathrooms belonging to Clare and Catherine.
Blue is also a really lovely option for kitchens, lending a light clean feel perfect for a room where you cook and eat; Katherina has used it on her units and other woodwork for a smart country kitchen with a Scandinavian feel. And combined with warm wooden tones, such as the breakfast tables in Clare or Alexa’s kitchens, it’s anything but cold.
Mixing in pink also warms up the scheme, whether it be with pretty florals and ginghams like Jane’s country-style-loving daughter’s room, or with hot pink cushions and Ikat throws for a more grown up and contemporary feel chosen for Tamara’s daughter’s room.
Catherine’s bathroom Walls painted Stone Blue by Farrow & Ball. Laura Ashley rug similar to Malva Blue by Swedy at Wayfair. Blind in Nina Campbell’s Tokelau fabric, discontinued but similar to Vintage Crab on Zazzle.
Clare’s kitchen Units painted Blue Gray and walls painted James White both by Farrow & Ball. On table: Pheasant mug and Flamingo teapot by Clare Brownlow. Cushions on settle: Hare square, Feathers rectangle, Pheasant square are also by Clare Brownlow, as is the painting on top of the wall cupboard: ‘Kestral’. On right-hand wall: Bea round mirror from Exclusive Mirrors.
Lisa’s sitting room A soft blue – Pale Eau de Nil by Laura Ashley – on the chimney wall keeps this vintage-filled sitting room feeling fresh and light. Wallpaper is a discontinued print (Butterflies & Blossom) by Holden Décor, but check out their other floral papers for something similar.
Tamara’s daughter’s room Blue stripes painted ‘Refresh’ Crown Metallic Emulsion available from Maxwells DIY. On bed: Majenta and Fuchsia large linen cushions; Trawangan cotton/silk ikat; and on window seat: Api cushion, all made by Nicky Heard.
Clare’s bathroom Artist Clare has turned the family bathroom into a light-filled gallery space with her own art as well as pieces by her father, and some picked up at car boot sales and antiques shops. Walls painted similar to Blue Ground by Farrow & Ball.