Cobalt blue is the color trend that brings energy to your home – here are 12 decor buys to snap up now

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A selection of cobalt blue picks
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Cobalt is a very specific tone of blue that carries so much energy and power. Used in interiors, a dash of cobalt blue goes a long way to invigorate an otherwise neutral space, bringing a jolt of energy to a scheme. 

'In all its thousands of hues, hints, tints and tones, blue is still officially the world’s favorite color,' says the creative director at Dulux Paint, Marianne Shillingford. 'Electric blues are a new dimension to this much-loved favorite for our homes. Clean, crisp, vibrant, and impossible to ignore, these are the digitally inspired switched-on members of the blue family and they are perfect for making a fresh statement in bright modern interiors.'

Using this shade for decorative items is something I keep noticing designers using in their interiors time and time again, and I love the look. I've had a search online, looking at some of my favorite home decor websites, and found these 9 decorative pieces to snap up now.

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'You have to invest in this color and use it with confidence,' advises Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux Paints. 'Try it out in blocks on the walls and on painted furniture and cabinetry, then throw in some accessories in contrasting bold yellow or orange to enhance the look.  Try colors like Striking Cyan or Electric Storm for maximum impact or Cobalt Embrace of you want a little less visual voltage.'

‘Blues are always inherently soothing, even energetic tones like cobalt,’ adds Charlotte Cosby, creative director at Farrow & Ball. ‘Consider shades like Stone Blue, or Pitch Blue, which will resonate effortlessly with soft whites.’

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.