Colour Stories: Ciel Blue

From calming cobalt shades to arresting azure hues, it’s time to reach for the sky…

All dreamy summery blues, this mosaic-effect wallpaper speaks of blissful cloud-free days and hazy heat.

Wall Papered in Picassiette wallpaper in Vapeur PCL698/06, £75 a roll, Christian Lacroix at Designers Guild. Furniture Fritz side table with Glossy Avio lacquered top, £1,272, Porada. DETAILS From left: Ananas vase, £295, House of Hackney; flowers, from a selection, Rebel Rebel; Bubble glass sphere, cylinder and stairs, £35 each; and brass extinguisher, £24, all Cloudberry Living; Eau de Nil candles, £3 each, Heal’s; postcard, stylist’s own; resin agate jewellery box, £32, Oliver Bonas; and spheres in Sky, from £530 each, Aura London.


Classic meets modern as a vibrant aqua loveseat pops against a delicate grey-blue floral.

Wall Papered in Carlotta wallpaper in Aqua/Steel, £75 a roll, Osborne & Little. Furniture Ottilie loveseat, £1,509 plus 5m fabric, Love Your Home; upholstered in Rivoli Menthe cotton, £75m, Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler. Saskia coffee table, £265, Mink Interiors. DETAILS Cushions, from left: London cushion in Blue and White, £97, Alexandra D Foster at Harrods; Oh La La cushion in Blue, £49, Kiki Slaughter for Feathr; and cushion in Tosca Atlantic Blue linen/wool-mix, £130m, Mark Alexander. On the table: Colour vase in Blue, £36, Hay at Amara; Concrete table lamp, £110 (including a white shade), French Connection Home; Bedwyn Empire lampshade in Blue Quartz, £250, Fermoie; Truffles, £14 per box, Charbonnel et Walker; Azulejos charger, £216, Roberto Cavalli at Amara; Criss Cross tumbler, £22, House of Hackney; Frank Bulldog sculpture, £150, Marokka for The Conran Shop; Malie jar, £20, Made.com; and postcard, from a selection, V&A Shop. Travel bag, £1,680, William & Son. Etude Petale Bleu artwork, from £300, Jean-Baptiste Lagadec. Kupari frame, £42, Habitat.


An ombré skyscape, hits of icy blue and a moon-inspired pendant create a scheme that’s out of this world.

Wall Papered in Wray La Seine mural, £295 per 3m panel, Zoffany at Style Library. WINDOW Curtain made in Connaught silk/wool mix in Alice Blue, £58m, James Hare. Floor Harmony Herringbone Pacific Blue sisal, £67sq m, Crucial Trading. Furniture Ennea table, £2,521, Vincent Tordjman at Ligne Roset. Beetle dining chairs, £259 each, GamFratesi at The Conran Shop. DETAILS Moon 80 pendant by Davide Groppi, £1,527; and Esschert Design watering can, £20, both The Conran Shop. Cool Blue cereal bowl, £22; side plate, £20; dinner plate, £25; and serving bowl, £50, all 1st London for Heal’s. Candleholder, £112, Cloudberry Living. Candles, as before. Hay flowerpot with saucer, £17, Cos. For a similar fern, try Petersham Nurseries. Olma Light Blue mug, £8, Habitat. Marnie denim jacket, £1,310, Skiim.


Shadows of wind-swept clouds and a sheer drape’s cornflower hues bounce off a glass bookcase to ethereal effect.

Walls Painted in Borrowed Light estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. WINDOW Cloud Study, Hampstead window film, from £90m, Royal Academy of Arts collection at Surface View. Curtain in Midori Sky linen-mix, £33m, Clarke & Clarke; trimmed with Delicate silk gimp, £28m, Samuel & Sons. FLOOR Oak Primrose rustic engineered floorboards, from £54.85sq m, Ecora. Marble rug in Sea, £9,922.50, Knots Rugs. FURNITURE Isola shelving system, from £2,112, Massimo Castagna for Gallotti & Radice. Pouffe in Saarin Green, £832, Lema. DETAILS Cushion made in Marmo Carrare 001 polyester, £220.80m, Fadini Borghi at Pierre Frey. Classic curtain pole, from £22.40; and twist rings, £1.05 each, all Jim Lawrence. Books on the floor: This Brutal World, £29.95; and Zaha Hadid Complete Works, £24.95, both Hayward Gallery Shop at Southbank Centre. All other books, from a selection, Waterstones.


Working soft, graduated geometrics across the floor and up into a decorative fireplace creates an edgy display.

Walls Painted in Comfy Jeans matt emulsion, £25.20 for 2.5L, Valspar Premium Blend at B&Q. FIREPLACE Tiled with Futura patterned tiles in Half White 4100522; Half Blue 4100536; and Blue 4100537, £123sq m, Domus Tiles. FLOOR Tiled with Futura patterned tiles, as before. Furniture Gerton table top, £75; and Oddvald trestles, £10 each, all Ikea; sprayed in RAL 9018 eggshell, from £45sq m, London Spray Finishes Ltd. Jetson armchair in Blue Lapis Speckle, £590, Sofa.com. DETAILS On the desk: lamp with Blue shade by Bridie Hall, £560; and the Foot of Laocoon objet by Peter Hone, £160, both Pentreath & Hall; Leica Sofort camera, £250; shoulder strap, £18; and tray, £40, all Hayward Gallery Shop at Southbank Centre; vase, £27, Cloudberry Living; Busy Structure scissors, £36, The Conran Shop; and laptop, stylist’s own. Elli Popp Luna Rock silk cushion, £109, Rockett St George. Cloudy Blue canvas, £289, 55MAX. On the floor: Ultimate planter, £48, Mink Interiors; and Fresh Foam 1080v8 trainers, £125, New Balance.


A riot of ciel shades woven into a punchy wallpaper and oh-so-feminine chair creates a dazzlingly seductive clash.

WALL Papered in Jourdain in Jade wallpaper, £65 a roll, Designers Guild. Floor Notebook carpet in Crystal Grey linen/flat viscose, £420sq m, Stepevi. FURNITURE Swivel chair, £2,940 plus 4m fabric, Talisman London; upholstered in Funny Girl viscose-mix in Acqua, £173m, Rubelli Venezia at Rubelli. Three-panel upholstered screen, £305 plus 4m fabric, The Dormy House; upholstered in Fame 04 cotton velvet in Blue, £127m, Lizzo. Labirinto corner table, £1,160, Natuzzi. DETAILS On the chair: Loop hangers in Gold, £28 each, Puik; Hay hairbrush, £17, Cos; and ETI turbo hairdryer, from £39.50, Just My Look. On the table: cosmetics, from a selection at House of Fraser, Boots and Acqua di Parma; and pink resin agate jewellery box, on the shelf, £42, Oliver Bonas. Dip-dyed scarf, £175; and Blue silk fish-embroidered scarf, £160, both Paul Smith.


The curvaceous lines and velvety finish of this luxe sofa and silver-splattered curtains nod to Art Deco glam.

Walls Painted in Borrowed Light estate emulsion, as before. Window Curtain made in Cosmic Confetti linen in Notte, £176m, Dedar. FLOOR Oak Primrose floorboards, as before. Carnival Pale rug, from £2,456, Paul Smith at The Rug Company. Furniture Amalfi sofa, £3,943, plus 14m fabric, Julian Chichester; upholstered in Boston cotton/velvet mix in Sky Blue, £67.30m, Casamance. Billy Keramik Calacatta ceramic coffee table, £1,030, Cattelan Italia at Chaplins. Faux shagreen drum table in Azure, £425, Oka. Airborne AA chair in Sheepskin, £1,230, Silvera. DETAILS Magic Circus floor lamp, £1,062, Poliform. On the sofa: cushions, all as before; Octopus magnifying glass, £34, Rockett St George; and Liberty box, stylist’s own. On the table, from left: Fornasetti Burlesque candle, £470, Selfridges; Blair vase, £30, Habitat; flower arrangement in dish, from £75, Rebel Rebel; champagne glass, £79 for six, Out There Interiors; and Cool Blue pasta bowl, £30, 1st London for Heal’s. On the drum table: Fornasetti Nuvola candle, £530, Selfridges; stone coaster, £110 for eight, Rockett St George; and champagne glass, as before. Curtain pole; and twist rings, all as before. The Female Form canvas from the Getty Images Gallery collection, from £155, Surface View.


A shower curtain awash with zesty greens, soft powder blue flooring and a sleek grey marble make for one zingy bathroom.

Walls Painted in Moonlight Bay matt emulsion, from £14 for 2.5L, Crown. Floor China Blue vinyl flooring, £29sq m, The Colour Flooring Company. Furniture Sag stool, £298, Studio Nendo/Oki Sato for MDF Italia at Aram Store. DETAILS Shower curtain in Pontoise Pale Jade linen, £84m, Designers Guild. Shower rose head by Studio Ore, from £366; and shower rail, £864, both House of Grey. On the stool: Trio vase (used as a planter), £94 for three, Calligaris; for a similar fern, try Petersham Nurseries; Bella Freud 1970 candle, £50, Rockett St George; Criss Cross tumbler, as before; Hay Tann toothbrushes, £4 each, The Shop at Bluebird; and Bare Minerals Smart Combination lightweight emulsion, £30, Boots. Equus envelope washbag in Cocoa, £65, House of Hackney. Flash Gold soap dish by Lund London, £20; and Christy Supreme Hygro bath towel in Sky, £24, both Amara. For similar marble cladding, try Mandarin Stone.


While a rich floral steals the show in this boudoir, the soft lavender throw is a serene foil to its dramatic good looks.

Walls Painted in Morning Blue marble matt emulsion, £46 for 2.5L, Mylands. Floor Westex Prestige Westend in Powder Blue carpet, £61.99sq m, Carpetright. Furniture Harlech super-king-size bed, upholstered in No 4 bed set in Jan Van Huysum Hollyhocks and Other Flowers in a Vase, The National Gallery, printed on velvet, £16,325, Savoir Beds. Feel Good ottoman, £1,729, Flexform at Harrods. Charles Ghost stool, £107, Kartell at Amara Home. Floating shelf, £9.99, Home by Argos; gloss lacquered in RAL 5024, £45sq m, London Spray Finishes Ltd. DETAILS Throw in Boheme linen in Lavender, £41m, Harlequin at Style Library. Super-king duvet set in Blue, £110; and super-king flat sheet in Blue, £60, both Wallace Cotton. Hemera cushion in Blue, £90, Amara. Dot Hero cushion, £69, Hay at Haus. Wall light, £195; and Atelier LED Smoke Glass E27 bulb, £28, both Rockett St George. On the shelf: Piedmont vase, £197, Arteriors; Neo Geo obelisk, £298, Jonathan Adler; sunglasses, £165, Stella McCartney; nail polish, £15, Nars at House of Fraser; and French coffee cup and saucer, £7, Hay at Amara.

Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside

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