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Room of the Week

March 2, 2015

This week’s Room of the Week is a modern living room decorated with shades of blue and an accent feature wallpaper. As featured recently on our blog strong blue is making a huge comeback into interiors with many paint companies promoting new colours in their range. Over dinner this week someone asked me how they could decorate with blue without it looking cold – today we are sharing a couple of tricks to ensure you’ll never have a room with a chilly interior.

The strong large print wallpaper in our Room of the Week adds detail and interest to the interior. The colour of this is complemented by furniture in a blue fabric – this fabric has an interesting texture to avoid it becoming dull. You can just see small touches of more complementary colour in the orange flowers in the room – this colour addition helps to diffuse the blues in the room hence no coolness.

Many people have a misconception that all blues are cold. This isn’t true, choose the right one and your room can still appear comforting and homely. I often prefer blues that have a touch of green in them, it can help to warm them up. Little Greene Canton is a super colour for living room, it has a great depth and doesn’t feel cold. For adding some strong accents you can use Little Green Thai Sapphire to compliment Canton.

Little Greene: Canton - Thai Sapphire

Another way I like to add blue to an interior is through the use of patterned wallpaper. This allows you to add a softer blue due to the paper finish. This wallpaper from Cole & Son called Great Wave has a large scale pattern and would add a subtle touch of blue to an interior. I’d suggest this wallpaper is used with some stronger blues to supplement it. The blue white combination in this paper is also very calming.

Cole & Son

If you still aren’t ready to believe you can have blues that aren’t cold try adding some blue in your accessories first. This allows you to test the colour in your own home before you start decorating the walls. This rug from Stepevi would liven up any interior. Any coolness is banished by the richness of the texture in the rug.


This room was originally featured in the extensive galleries of House to Home. Take a look over at their website for room inspiration, and be sure to check back here every week to find which one of the rooms has been showcased.

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