Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Blue Is the Colour as Autumn Approaches

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Blue Is the Colour as Autumn Approaches

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Byline: INTERIORS With creative stylist Claire Hornby In association with

FROM bright, aquamarine hues to brooding Royal Navy blue, this autumn is set to be dominated by seafaring shades, which are surprisingly versatile and easy to incorporate into your home.

The choice available with a blue palette from deep, sumptuous shades to cool, pastel hues, means the colour can work in any setting, from the contemporary to the traditional.

When combined with plush sofas, warm-toned woods and striking stripes, a blue colour scheme gives a stylish nod to the nautical, without being over the top. Think urban elegance rather than shabby chic.

Warm shades like navy, azure or cobalt are the perfect choice for sociable spaces like living and dining rooms, as they create a cosy, inviting feel, while retaining a feeling of elegance.

The plush velvet finish of the Azure sofa and chair from Barker and Stonehouse offers a sumptuous feel and is a great starting point for incorporating a deep blue into your living room.

I've chosen to offset the pop of colour that the chair and sofa provide with neutral, wooden accessories, giving the subtle vibe of beach house cool.

A perfect example is the Atlas tripod floor lamp, its teakwood base and vanilla shade provides a cool, contemporary feel, as does the Samson coffee table with its sturdy, chunky shape and matt finish.

No nautical theme is complete without stripes, and wallpaper provides a great way to incorporate them into a room.

I love the Block Print Stripe from Farrow and Ball, the classic style and conformity of the stripes look great offset by the bold geometric pattern of the Frankie rug, providing a visually arresting, contemporary look.

Blue and white make great companions, and white-washed wooden floorboards or cream carpet provide a good base for a blue design scheme. …

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