A blueprint for style

This classic colour is a perfect choice for seriously dynamic rooms...

Think about the mood Dark blue is a strong grounding colour that sets a sombre tone, perfect for formal settings. To counteract this, choose patterned wallpaper or upholstery, which will enliven the space.

Be creative Modern room schemes introduce pattern in new and innovative ways: an oversized headboard in a bold fabric, art canvases covered in a fabric or wallpaper or a statement armchair with the pattern wrapped around the back.

The new black Navy or Marine blue is a great choice if you want to go dark but not quite black for a dramatic scheme. It will give a boring box character and interest.

Add highlights Combine with white for a smart maritime look or flashes of yellow, orange or red, which will invigorate the scheme and give it a contemporary feel.


  • Paint one wall in a solid dark colour as a foil for busy wallpapers and big patterns and it will help to hold the look together.
  • As a contrast to dark walls hang floaty voiles at the window to allow light to flood in.