Photo Gallery: Blue Rooms
See how this hue can freshen up your home.
Move away from the expected gallery-white art wall and saturate a single wall, including any doors and trim, in a bold, can’t-be-missed colour, like this cobalt blue. Carry the display across by painting out a door for a hidden-passage feel. A canary yellow settee cranks up the contrast and also draws attention away from the door.
Cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s Brittania Blue (1623) strike a modern, Scandinavian note. To get this crisp look for less, paint big-box store beadboard cabinets a strong hue for impact and forego upper cabinets in favour of open shelves housing pretty dishes.
Custom-made Parson-style chairs are slightly lower than the average dining chair, so they can be used as extra seating in an adjacent living room. A modern chandelier adds sparkle.
This pre-fabricated luxury Nexterra home was assembled in just one day. Designer Laura Felstiner introduced colour to the modern interior through artwork, throw pillows and a bright blue rug. The LEED platinum certified prefab home was also outfitted with green features like cork, reclaimed wood furniture and finishes from recycled materials.
A reclaimed door makes a perfect dining table, and suits the wooden chairs and unfinished mantel perfectly. Use a colour in a piece of art to inspire wall paint.
Punchy teal-blue paint (a shade pulled from the wallpaper) makes a dramatic statement. White dishes and simple stainless steel hardware keep the cabinet from looking too cluttered.
This space bears all the hallmarks of Sarah Richardson’s signature style and richly detailed, decorative aesthetic. The formality of the traditional dining room is tempered by whimsical patterned wallpaper in Tiffany-box blue. The chandelier, a Murano glass design, is a pared-down version of a more traditional lighting fixture. A mirrored sideboard adds an element of sparkle.
A dramatic black chandelier adds contrast to this mostly white cottage. Accents of blue in the rug, throw pillows and armchair lend a fresh feel.
A white sofa and faux-bois lamp look fresh against a deep-blue wall. A Moorish tile rug and painted rattan chairs create a global, eclectic atmosphere.
A maple window seat topped with a series of colourful cushions runs the width of the room, offering both seating and storage. Calm-blue walls, a patterned rug and a cable-knit pouf add colour and texture to this seaside vacation home in Nova Scotia.
In the home of Andrea Lenczner of the fashion label Smythe, this space epitomizes personal style. The painting is by friend Michael Adamson, the collection of vases was a gift and the silver Arne Jacobson ashtray is a vintage piece.
The high-gloss white mantel pops against a grey feature wall, painted one shade darker than the rest of the room to create depth. On-trend decorating touches, such as the zebra ottoman, vintage lamps with black shades and book-stuffed fireplace, add character.
Use colour-blocking to inject scale and character into a featureless room. Paint walls and baseboards a pale, powdery hue, then mimic old world moulding by taping out panels in the middle of each wall and painting these a darker shade of the base colour to create a sense of dimension.
A tall bamboo screen, spray-painted bright blue, replaces a headboard and adds interest to the wall while pulling the eye upwards, emphasizing the room’s high ceilings.
Traditional furniture and accessories are given an industrial feel with an exposed brick wall and pipes along the ceiling, while a fresh mix of blue and beige floral, trellis and herringbone patterned bedding add comfort and warmth.
Aqua-blue and green accents, a cosy throw, delicate bedside table lamps, a pastel striped rug and a pale blue coverlet and hat boxes soften the rustic wood and wicker elements.
East meets West in this bright and breezy bathroom that brings together eclectic elements such as a ceramic Buddha, modern ottoman, and fibreglass clawfoot tub for a relaxing, spa-like feel.