Decorating With Inky Blues

Classical pattern be damned… Blot your style copy book with a new generation of lapis and navy shades

Swish splash: Get maximum marks for artistic impression with Rorschach Test-style paint effects. 

WALLS Painted in Martian Skies 1 matt emulsion, £24.29 for 2.5l, Dulux. Woodwork painted in Pure Brilliant White emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5l, Dulux. DETAILS Niccolo Sirigatti by Rodolfo Sirigatti stretched canvas, £220, V&A collection at Surface View; splattered with Quink ink in Blue and Black, £4.87 each, Parker. Cushion and beanbag made in Splatter cotton-mix in Ink Blue, £55 per m (W140cm), Korla.


Contrast blocks of denim with all-white surfaces.

WALLS Painted in Martian Skies 1 matt emulsion; and Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, both £24.49 for 2.5l, Dulux. Woodwork painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, as before. FURNITURE Cotton and wood ottoman, £840 (plus requires 3m of upholstery fabric), Clock House Furniture: covered in Samana Mustique F6637-04 cotton, £125 per m (W140cm), Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little. Deep Sea glass display case, £2,520, Nendo for Glas Italia at Chaplins. FLOOR Vogue Oak White Passionata laminate planks, £29.49 per sq m, Quick-Step. DETAILS Titan Size 3 aluminium and glass pendant in White, £355, Original BTC. On display case: Charade round stud porcelain vase, £325, Jonathan Adler. In display case: Maury spotted-clay vase in Blue, £15, Habitat; Barca rubber basket in Blue, £130, Neò at Darkroom; AVF acrylic treasure box in Neon Pop Blue, £250, Alexandra von Furstenberg at The Conran Shop; Joy no.3 stainless-steel tray in White, £64, Claudia Raimondo for Alessi; and Quink inks in Blue and Black, £4.87 each; and Duofold fountain pens in Lapis Lazuli and White Ivorine, from £339.47 each, all Parker. Cushion and beanbag made in Splatter cotton-mix in Ink Blue, £55 per m (W140cm), Korla.


A blotter-print bolster relaxes the look.

WALLs AND WOODWORK Painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, as before. Papered in Balloons wallpaper in Blu, £130.50 per 10m roll, Dedar. WINDOW Curtain made in Envoutante 34850102 polyester in Bleu, £79.20 per m (W292cm), Camengo. FURNITURE Barber Osgerby wool-mix sofa in Credo Marine with aluminium feet in Orange, £7,944, Knoll Studio. PK63A marble and stainless-steel coffee table, £2,670, Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen at Republic of Fritz Hansen. Ottoman, as before. FLOOR Vogue Oak White planks, as before. Touch Me wool rug in Cobalt, £795.60, Stepevi. DETAILS Button-end polished-iron curtain pole set, £102.90, Jim Lawrence. Women’s Real aluminium bike in White, £1,100, Martone Cycling Company at Rockett St George. Ryton metal and concrete floor lamp, £299, Conran for M&S. Cushion, left, made in Ikat Geo cotton in Indigo, £23.90 per m (W140cm), Robert Allen. Bolster made in Inkat cotton-mix in Ink, £55 per m (W140cm), Korla. Cushion, right, made in Lina V3126/05 cotton in Night, £30 per m (W137cm), Villa Nova. On coffee table: Charade studded porcelain vase, £195; and Bel Air acrylic test tube vase, £248, Jonathan Adler; Joy no.3 tray, as before; Cage Circle brass bottle opener, £60, Fort Standard at The Conran Shop; and Pokal glass, £2 for a set of six, Ikea. WL574VIP suede/mesh women’s trainers, £65, New Balance at Schuh.


Give traditional features an update with a duo-tone finish.

WALL Panelling painted in Cadet Blue eggshell, above dado rail; and Yacht Blue Lt eggshell, dado rail and below, both £47 for 2.5l, Sanderson. FURNITURE Brogue Montclair marble and oak dining table, £5,975, Bethan Gray for Lapicida. Pi Greco leather chairs, £1,100 each, Natuzzi. sq ft, Whistler DETAILS Table runner made in Morocco FCL4241 laser-etched cowhide in Navy, £699 for a half hide, Edelman Leather. Vintage-style wine glass, £39.50 for a set of four, M&S. Teak candlestick, £45; and True Grace candle, £2.75, The Conran Shop. Archibex porcelain teacup and saucer, £78; and Archibex porcelain side plate, £52, Flux. Coleur Blue stoneware side plates, £3 each, Habitat. Tesino fruit bowl in Deep Blue, £150, Gordiola at The Conran Shop.


Give traditional features an update with a duo-tone finish.

WALLS As before. FURNITURE Brogue dining table; and Pi Greco chairs, all as before. Georgian stained beech and brass bench, £1,528 (plus requires 2m of upholstery fabric), Virginia White; covered in Dante 7698/01 cotton-mix in Cobalt, £60 per m (W144cm), Romo. FLOOR Vinyl flooring, as before. DETAILS On shelf: stoneware serving platter in Indigo, £10, Sainsbury’s; Archibex porcelain plate, £52; and Tropical porcelain plate, £62.50, Flux. On table: Candle Soir metal candlestick in White, £17.50, The Conran Shop; teak candlestick and candles, as before; Matt & Gloss ceramic jug vase, £29.50, M&S; Murano Blue Swirl tumblers, £4 each, Habitat; brass and marble cake stand, £110, Tom Dixon at Heal’s; and Indigo porcelain nibble bowl, £10 for a set of three; and Indigo tea plate, £10 for a set of three, Sainsbury’s. St. Barths 6 photographic print, £695, Natural Curiosities. Carved gilt wood frame, £380, Lacy Gallery.


Top and tail the dado rail with tactile, textural wallpaper.

DETAILS On cabinet: Findlay side plate, £8, Habitat; Young Seven Up resin cowboy in Blue, £125, Bang Bang Kid at The Conran Shop; Geometric stoneware vase, £19.50, M&S; Archibex teacup and saucer, as before; Cyrus brass and marble table lamp, £975, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam; with brass shade covered in Splatter 213647 wallpaper in Ink Blue, £45 per 10m roll, Emma Bridgewater for Sanderson; and small Pill glass vase in Blue, £45, Pols Potten at Heal’s. Throw made in Cochin 321687 linen-mix in Indigo, £60 per m (W138cm), Zoffany; lined in Town M407/24 wool in Indigo, £115 per m (W140cm), Mark Alexander; and edged with Ombré Tassel T709/03 polyester fringe in Aqua, £45 per m (W4.5cm), Osborne & Little. Cushion made in Kelso 06527/ 001/001 cotton-mix in Blu Oceano, £68.40 per m (W150cm), Etro at Pierre Frey.


Meditate on a shifting spectrum of blue, from intense sapphire and violet to the palest lilac.

WALLS Papered in Lotus 110881 wallpaper, £59 per 10m roll, Harlequin. Skirting painted in Double Denim acrylic eggshell, £49.99 for 2.5l, Crown. WINDOW Curtain made in Pashan FDG2190 silk in Ultramarine, £130 per m (W134cm), Designers Guild. FURNITURE Redondo quilted velvet armchair, from £2,340, Patricia Urquiola for Moroso. FLOOR Bush House oak strip flooring, £72 per sq m, Lassco. Bamboo Ikat silk rug in Blue, £440 per sq m, The Rug Company. DETAILS Silk scarf in Blue, £149, Paul Smith. The Shepherd Paris by Anthony van Dyck postcard, 70p, The Wallace Collection Shop. Second-hand book, from a selection, Oxfam.

WALLS and skirting As before. FURNITURE Venere burnished metal, wood and painted-glass writing desk/dressing table, £3,985, Carlo Colombo for Gallotti&Radice at Chaplins. Drum stool, £130 (plus requires 2m of upholstery fabric), The Dormy House; covered in Lulu Z368/02 viscose- mix in Jewel, £125 per m (W147cm), Zinc Textile; and trimmed in Roulette Trevira CS fringe in Wild Plum, £93 per linear m, Roger Thomas for Samuel & Sons. Floor As before.  DETAILS High Tide silk scarf, £135, Claire Gaudion at The Conran Shop. Veda acetate sunglasses in Mosaic, £295, Larke for Darkroom. 22-carat gold ring, from a selection, Bloomsbury Store. Make-up brush, from a selection; Chanel Blue Rebel nail colour, £17.50; and Lancôme Définicils mascara, £22.50, all Boots. Blu Mediterraneo Ginepro di Sardegna body lotion, from £54, Acqua di Parma at Selfridges. Leather zip pouch in Blue, £149, Paul Smith.

WALLS As before. Woodwork and ceiling painted in Double Denim acrylic eggshell, as before. WINDOW As before. FURNITURE Redondo armchair, as before. Rose vellum side table in Blue, £1,020, Julian Chichester. Jacqueline cotton-mix king-size bed in Dresda Ardesia, £5,829, Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform. Floor As before. DETAILS Eclipse horse hair and horn chandelier, £1,110, Ochre. On side table: Cylinder clay vase in Ultramarine, £75, Les Guimards at Darkroom; glass bottle in Blue, £5; and Ombré glass votive, £4, Sainsbury’s; and Chanel Blue Rebel nail colour, as before. Triomphe cotton pillowcases in Baltic, £59 each; and cotton duvet cover in Baltic, £349, all Yves Delorme. Bolster made in Boston A5016556 cotton in Blue, £64 per m (W136cm), Casamance. Throw made in Bangor AL2025 linen in Indian Blue, £110 per m (W150cm), Loro Piana at Fox Linton; and edged in Palais Royale 33022/9600 silk fringe in Moss, £9 per m, Wemyss Houlès. On armchair: silk scarf, as before; and felt pork pie hat in Blue with printed silk band, £89, Paul Smith.


Gradated shades in off-kilter patterns boost the glam factor.

WALL Tiled in Candy Subway ceramic tiles in Blueberry, Damson Blue and Lychee Grey, all £52.27 per sq m, Mandarin Stone. fittings Imperial Astoria Deco ceramic pedestal basin in Black, £579; and Regent chrome basin mixer in Gold, £252, Aston Matthews. details Baroque velvet mirror in Grey, £1,400, Squint. Glycerine soap in Redcurrant and Cassus, £1, Waitrose. Air Waffle cotton hand towel, £35, Uchino at The Conran Shop.

Photography / Paul Raeside

Styling / Claudia Bryant

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