Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Head into the Blue. Set Sail for Summer with Fresh Schemes Inspired by Stark Skies and Seaside Settings. GABRIELLE FAGAN Sources the Season's Key Looks

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Head into the Blue. Set Sail for Summer with Fresh Schemes Inspired by Stark Skies and Seaside Settings. GABRIELLE FAGAN Sources the Season's Key Looks

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Byline: GABRIELLE FAGAN

You can't beat the blues - instead you should embrace them this year, as they're taking the interiors world by storm. Be inspired by three settings - coastal, Moroccan, and ocean style - featuring bright blue sky shades through to dramatic deep indigo and moody sea greens. Choose a theme, and create the look with our top finds...

CLASSIC COASTAL "This year, there's a big focus on blues of all shades, and there's no easier way to use them than by creating coastal style," says Alex Whitecroft, head of design at I Want Wallpaper.

"Its enduring popularity is unsurprising, because it's timeless, informal and so easy to live with.

"It's all about recreating that peaceful, contented feeling that comes from a trip to the coast, within the home.

"Texture can play a key part and realistic faux-effect driftwood, wood beam or pebble-effect wallpapers are perfect for a beach hut backdrop.

"Stripes are a traditional choice for conjuring a crisp, fresh seaside vibe."

"Choose from a palette of cool blues and sandy neutrals to evoke hazy summer days by the sea, and build on the look with natural materials and furniture - distressed or weathered pieces will give a 'lived in' feel.

"Another fun way of introducing this style is by using wallpaper and accessories with nautical motifs, such as shells, anchors, lighthouses or vintage maps."

MOROCCAN MAGIC "Moroccan style can be incredibly versatile," says Sarah Quilliam, head of product design at curtain and blinds specialists, Hillarys.

"The current trend for all things geometric inspired by ikat and batik designs, combined with the classic pairing of intensely hued blue and white, is Moroccan style made easy.

"It draws on a melting pot of influences. From a bohemian eclectic vibe that mixes rich Moorish colours with layers of vibrant pattern, through to calm minimalism, which blends a palette of cool white with accents of polished silver and bleached wood.

"It's not about going overboard. Instead, keep the backdrop simple with whitewashed walls and floorboards for an authentic, summery feel.

"Bring in patterned textiles in bold Arabesque Cobalt wallpaper, PS195 per roll; Lino Modules sofa upholstered in Reticello Cobalt fabric, PS4,845; cushions (left to right) Cellini Cobalt cushion, PS100; Iridato Sky cushion, PS72; Brera Lino Marine cushion, PS60, and Murrine Delft cushion, PS66, all from Designers Guild (designersguild.com) indigo blue and white, such as curtains or rugs, to give a space an instant lift, and accessorise with lanterns, tray tables, and floor cushions for an Eastern feel."

CATCH THE WAVE "For a gentle, tranquil interpretation of shore style, replicate the colours of the ocean with its harmonious everchanging blend of blue, green and teal shades," suggests Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor, Furniture Choice. …

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