Decorating your room in a monochromatic scheme, be it blue or any other colour, sounds like a potentially bold move, but that needn’t be the case. And especially not with blue – a hue so classic it’s practically a neutral. In fact, layering shades, tints and tones of just one colour can create a distinctly calming space.
The trick, of course, is that the room won’t actually be all in one colour. Neutrals are bound to play a part, whether it’s off-white walls or the honey tones of oak flooring. Many of the rooms pictured feature no other ‘colourful colour’ than blue, and yet each is entirely liveable. That’s because these ‘non-colours’ – which don’t compete with the blue, and ensure it’s definitely still a blue room – provide the visual difference needed to make the scheme comfortable not overwhelming.
The other trick is to vary the depth of the blues. Some dark, some mid-tones, and some light (even if it’s just a couple of dark blue cushions in a predominantly light scheme) will head off any concerns about the room being one-dimensional.
Remember also that there are variations on blue: green-blues (such as those in our Nordic paint palette, our Harry and Chloe fabrics in Mineral, and any of the textiles in Teal); grey-blues (try the Smoke palette and our Isla Steel, Samuel Dove and Linara Smoke fabrics); and true blues (think Navy, Blakeney Blue and Ink paint, Chloe Denim, Isla Swallow and Harris Tweed Bilberry fabrics, and Flax Blue in both paint and textiles). You don’t have to mix these, but a combination of a couple will, again, help to create interest.