Play with varying shapes like a spherical chandelier or an oval rug.Design by Kellie Franklin
In an opulent boardroom, deep blue curtains and wallcoverings perk up a cognac table and chair set-up.
In the living room of Patrick Printy and Dan Holland’s Arts and Crafts bungalow in Oakland, California, the custom sofa is covered in a linen by Peter Dunham Textiles, a pair of vintage John Stuart Clingman chairs is upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home tartan, the bust on the custom cocktail table is by Oly and the rug is from Iran. The fireplace, repainted a high-gloss black, the bookcases and the oak flooring are all original to the house and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Smoke Embers.
Perhaps because it’s the color of both the sky and the sea: In color therapy, blue tones are said to evoke clarity, pureness, and increased intuition. In the home, the shade is immediately calming and welcoming, whether used in a deep navy for a touch of drama, or a pale robin’s egg in a more subtle space. Whatever shade of blue is for you—and whatever decorating style, from nautical to regal—ahead are more than 50 examples of blue-centered design that’s just right.
In this Manhattan townhouse, Quadrille fabric curtains with just a touch of blue play off the bold turquoise walls, painted in C2 Paint Luxe in Bewilder. The sofa and club chair, both by Anthony Lawrence-Belair, are covered in Holland & Sherrywools.
Blue gives this dining room in a Bridgehampton farmhouse a calming atmosphere. The chairs are covered in and fabrics. The trim is painted in Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore. The blue is broken up by the white and black curtains.
In the living room of a Paris apartment, which was designed by Jean-Louis Deniot, a sofa by Collection Pierre is upholstered in a Brochier fabric trimmed with ribbons by Samuel & Sons; lamps by Paul Evans flank a glass wall sculpture by Christophe Gaignon, the cocktail tables are custom designs, and the walls are painted in Paint Library’s Eucalyptus.
A daybed in the guest room of this Hampton’s home is draped with a vintage throw, and the sofa is by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; the cocktail tables from Tonic Home have custom-made tops by Plexi-Craft, the side tables are by Jonathan Adler, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Regal in Patriot Blue.
In this East Hampton house designed by Celerie Kemble, the living room walls are painted in a high gloss by Fine Paints of Europe to match Pantone’s Legion Blue. The sofas are by Celerie Kemble for Henredon, upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils printed linen. The ceiling is inset with a felt paper by Star, the midcentury chandelier is by Stilnovothe and the vintage chairs in front of the faux-mable mantle are from Chariloom.
In the master suite of an Upper East Side home, the curtains in this monochromatic blue room perfectly match the decor. The armchairs are a 1950s Gianfranco Frattini design and the painting is by Friedrich Kunath.