February blues

Pinch, punch, the first of the month and I’m working on a design piece for the Guardian with interior designer Kia who isn’t afraid of using dramatic colour – she’s done a black hallway for one client. She came over to my place on Friday, and flicking through her portfolio, I stopped at this inky navy room that she made over for one of her London clients. Love it!

The white isn’t actually a white – it’s more of a soft grey – but it gives a brilliant clean finish and looks amazing against the deep blue and copper touches – artwork with those copper-bronzey-tarnished yellow shades would look stunning over the modern mantlepiece. The rug – which matches without being too matchy matchy in my favourite shade of grey – was one Kia designed especially for the room.

Last summer everyone was blogging about Zooey Deschanel’s deep blue studio – look how great the mustard-ochre-yellow shade looks in her pictures (photos taken from Apartment Therapy) below. No doubt her skirt was deliberately picked to bring out the colours, but the yellow piano is very cool. I’m not sure about that lamp being red though; however, if it was mustard then it would maybe have ended up looking a little too contrived.

I’m not too keen on the stripes – I’m pretty sure if you’re going to go that bold with colour, you do it all the way, but I still love the fact that something so dark still looks classic…

This month’s World of Interiors features Rodman Primack’s and Rudy Weissenberg’s apartment – with indigo walls, a dove grey Chesterfield and cushions in different shades of greys and olives that work really well together (the WoI doesn’t share its pictures online so you’ll just have to go buy a copy)

New York interior designer Amanda Nisbet used blue in her own home, featured in Elements of Style – although I don’t really like it with the flashes of orange (I prefer the ochre)…

…I do however like it paired with the white beamed ceilings – it still doesn’t overdo it on the dark stakes and simply stands as a really rich colour choice which adds interest.
And of course, who can forget the Carrie Bradshaw apartment makeover – not a deep navy, but perhaps a more workable shade for those who are too scared to go too dark waters. Whether or not you like the overall look, it’s still a really lovely shade of blue – softer but brighter than navy, but still statement-worthy (photos from Mirror Mirror).
So if you’re suffering from the February blues, turn it into something rich, deep, dramatic and striking!
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9 Responses to "February blues"

  1. HannahB says:

    Ooh I love those moody tones! very appropriate too!

    My February has strated off very well, thanks to you and your give away- so thank you very much again!

    I posted about it here http://www.seedsandstitches.blogspot.com

  2. Kershy says:

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  3. Kershy says:

    Blue Walls > Zoey thingy.

  4. Elie's Papel says:

    Zoey has such a great style… everything she does has that touch of originality!

  5. Hadn't seen that pic of Zooey's place… that skirt is an amazing colour!

  6. Bromeliad says:

    I'm not a huge fan of blue, but I do like those indigo shades. And I'm with you on not adding a bunch of stripes.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know a good Dulux (or other UK brand) match to Carrie's blue apartment?

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