This once dark, wood-paneled library needed an update to make the space feel inviting and fun. The solution: plenty of smart design tricks and paint; lots of blue paint.
Painting all the walls, trim, and built-ins highlights the architecture, and the chosen color energizes the room.
To achieve even paint coverage, the designer, Liz Caan, applied a base layer of sealing primer tinted with the wall color before rolling on the final coats of blue.
Although the colors are bold, the overall palette is limited to blues, greens, blacks, and whites, rather than a whole rainbow of colors.
Gold and brass accents help break up all the color in this room while adding some needed shine. Incorporating white and black also helps to relieve the eye so the room stays chic, not cluttered.
When dealing with multiple patterns and colors, scale is important. Here, a small, geometric pillow combines with a large zebra print and thin chevron motif. Changing the size of patterns helps to balance out the color and impact of the pieces so they can all work together instead of competing against one another.
Even in a bold color palette, neutrals have a place. Incorporate neutrals in subtle doses so they don't seem jarring. Here, beige curtains and a gray rug provide visual relief. Apply the same trick to patterns: work in solids and more subtle patterns (like the barely noticeable plaid on these armchairs) to balance bold strokes.
Lime green chairs are the perfect complement to the room's blue walls. The bright green color gets noticed without stealing the show. Although the coral pillows deviate from the room's color palette, they look right at home because they pick up on colors in the artwork above the mantel. By detouring from your color palette in a spot or two, you'll create rhythm and help the eye move around the room. Pick up on a cue already in the room to choose your out-of-palette hue, such as a color from a piece of art or an accessory.
Accessories in fun, quirky shapes tone down the room's originally traditional feel. By keeping the accessories consistent with the room's palette, the pieces feel like they truly belong in the room instead of being randomly plucked off store shelves.
Can't get enough of this classic hue? Here are three more ways to decorate in blue.