Transform three rooms with moody blue

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  • Update a simple country look with a swathe of deep dramatic blue and a little vintage-inspired floral pattern

    Any room can take a hit of bold blue when it’s used in the right proportions and with a little bit of style savvy

    For a contemplative study space

    a deep, navy blue paint in a chalky matt finish to create a warm,
    immersive effect in a space that you want to feel calm and relaxing.
    Pair with white and pale-wood furniture to prevent it looking
    oppressive. Some metal accessories to add a subtle industrial feel will
    work well in this scheme.

    Wall and panelling painted in Stiffkey Blue Estate Emulsion, £39.50 fo 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

    For a fresh living room

    Use equal amounts of white with dark blue for a balanced
    decorating scheme. Go for pure or creamy whites, as grey tints will look
    chilly. Dark blues are heavy, so lighten with pops of pattern, staying
    tonal so as not to overwhelm with too many contrasting colours. The
    right accent colour will really pop against dark blue. Try a citrussy
    yellow or light greys or metallic silver for a subtler look. If you find
    a blue-base fabric you love, use that then take your accent from it.
    Use whitewashed or distressed-finish pieces for a less polished more
    relaxed shabby-chic look.

    Walls painted in Woad 251 Absolute Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Blind made in Giverny 120147, £50 per metre, Harlequin

    For a tranquil bedroom

    Create a gentle look in a bedroom scheme by teaming a deep indigo blue with purplish cornflower tones, adding textured woods and plenty of soft textiles for a comfortable, lived-in look. Add a vintage feel with a heritage print from William Morris or Liberty, or try linen from Bedeck’s William Morris range.

    Wall and panelling painted in Indigo Flame matt emulsion, £21.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q. Columbine bed linen, £60 for a king-size set, V&A range, Bedeck


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