Executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, described this year’s colour choice as ‘a boundless blue evocative of the infinite evening sky and deep blue sea, encouraging us to look beyond the obvious, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.’ A reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection, Classic Blue, is a solid and dependable blue hue, and a favourite among many interior designers for its richness and versatility.

Colourful contrasts  
Colours have the impressive ability to influence our senses, emotions, perceptions, and moods, and are often associated with personal experiences and cultural beliefs. Blue, in interior design terms, is ascribed qualities such as purity and peace. However, combined with warmer and more energetic colours, such as orange, yellow or red, blue inspires confidence and energy. Multiple layers of blue compounds this effect. 

The premium pillow collection from Sedar highlights the contrast with warmer colours.

Vivid & Versatile  
Versatility is at the core of Classic Blue, and that translates to feature walls, accent colours and statement pieces rolled into one. Few colours capture the essence of both old and new with the agility of Classic Blue; just deep enough to enhance our love of gold and copper trim, but equally bright enough to evoke the white-washed walls and turquoise domes of a Greek island. It’s both a holiday hue and a homey comfort for your décor. 

The premium pillow  Interiors showcases its application of bold blue with the O’Brien Chair (Dh4,400) from the Uttermost collection.

Texture & Tone  
The key when using any colour as rich as this is to layer in shades and texture. Make tonal statements to avoid repetition of the one colour overwhelming your home, and to include lighter turquoise elements and pastel blues to ensure the end result feels warm and welcoming. 

This living space features Refraction from Anthology 7 Wallpapers by Anthology, from Dh550 per roll


Bedding down 
In the bedroom, whether you choose to paint a feature wall, upholster your head board or go for something a little less permanent, like selecting bedsheets, cushions and throws – the sea and sky shade will add some serenity to your night’s sleep. Lighter blues and blue-green will complement the relaxing retreat when applied on bedding, rugs, or fabrics, and a variety of blue patterns on white will add some crisp sophistication to your suite.  

Jashanmal’s Christy collection features the Siam Indigo duvet set (Dh1,050)

Kitchen cool  
Classic Blue can brighten your culinary corners in the form of glasses, plateware, vases, and kitchenware – all in the same bold colour and featuring multiple patterns. Reclaimed furniture and open shelving are already top of the list for kitchen trends and blue accents fit perfectly into this scheme.

Contrasted with dark wood shelving the Entusiasm set of mugs (4-pack Dh35) and bowls from IKEA mixes and matches patterns for an eclectic feel.


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