The living room at Kin House, with a blue sofa

Blue Living Room Inspiration

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Blue – a colour steeped in symbolism – can turn a space into a sanctuary with it’s calming shades. Here’s some inspiration we’ve gathered from Instagram, to add to your mood board of blue living room inspiration. 

Blue Living Room Inspiration

Blue, once the colour exclusively reserved for the Madonna’s drapery and heavenly skies of early Christian manuscripts and altarpieces, has had many iterations since. The hue originally retrieved from the stone Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan was prized more than gold. So much so, fast forward to a hundreds or so years later when Baroque artist, Vermeer, brushed blue onto his works, it was so beautiful, it was said that he created visual music.

Vermeer’s art, often pairs blue with a mustardy yellow, and that’s exactly how we often see a blue living room styled in homes today. Where you’ll see a deep Prussian blue shoulder a statement honeyed yellow sofa. Or flecks of a gilded antique frame contrast a blue wall works nicely too.

So before you head straight into decorating your bluey walls, you’ll want to consider all the shades of blue and how that might change the mood of the space.

  • Sky Blue – light, pastel-like, mood lifting. Best complimented with: peachy hues, light pinks, soft oranges.
  • Prussian Blue Deep, evocative, rich, a statement hue for sure. Think of Van Gogh‘s Starry Night. Best complimented with a plush mustard deep yellow.
  • Aquamarine Maybe more attention seeking than it’s sky blue counterpart. This one’s beachy, frothy, uplifting. Best complimented with maybe a minty green.
  • Cerulean – We can only think of the Devil Wears Prada monologue with this colour. But Cerulean is a more of a faded, dusty, darker blue, which looks great in maybe more of a period home. Best paired with navy blue panelling. Or a dusty forest green.
  • Navy Blue Always a classic choice. But maybe best to swerve this colour if you’re applying this colour to an already dark room. As it’ll darken it even more. The good thing about navy blue is that it goes with so many different colours. So it works wonderfully with wood, earthy shades, sage greens, you name it.

Other shades to consider: Cobalt, Baby Blue, Mint Blue.

Inspiring Blue Living Rooms

Huntsmore

Dining room by Huntsmore

Lucy Williams

Alexandre de Betak

 

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Thyme England’s Pistachio Linen Covers

 

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A Finishing Touch of a Lapis Lazuli Blue

Blue Wood Panelling Inspiration

 

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A Yellow and Blue Contrast

 

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Salvesen Graham’s Storage Inspiration

A Lesson in a Contrasting Cornice

Georgie Wykeham

Mustard x Prussian Blue

The Living Room at Kin House. Interior Design: Barlow & Barlow. Photography: Owen Gale