Industry experts explain how to use the blue of summer skies and seas.
If you long for the perfect sunny day or love time at the beach with wide, open skies, paint walls with Bonton. This soothing, uplifting shade looks great in bedrooms and bathrooms. Combine with taupe and mint for a modern look.
REBECCA CRAIG, SANDERSON
Friendly and soft, La Source Bleue adds freshness to a kitchen and always looks smart with whites or off-whites. Use it in a room with plenty of light because it’s a positive colour. For a modern feeling and practical elegance, try a mid-sheen finish.
SIMON MARCH, COLOUR MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY
Sea Urchin 4 combines the tranquillity of green with a calm blue that never feels cold. A receding colour, blue makes a small room appear larger so I’d use it in a smaller bedroom or study where you need to think and dream.
The beautiful, breezy blue of A Day By The Sea brings carefree trips to the beach to mind. This versatile, easy-to-live-with shade works well with a coastal inspired palette of driftwood browns, shell-like creams and marram grass greens. ROB WHITAKER, FIRED EARTH
Suggested by the inky blue-violet San Francisco sky, Pacific Heights makes you want to drink in clean air. Fantastic with whites, creams and red accents, it also looks great with vibrant throws and glows against the glint of copper and candlelight.
IAN WEST, ECOS ORGANIC PAINTS
Expansive and freeing, Sky Blue 103 is reminiscent of early morning summer skies – full of optimism and without the harshness of midday blues. Use in a palette of barely-there pinks, like Pink Slip or Milk Thistle, to bring a breath of fresh air.
DAVID MOTTERSHEAD, LITTLE GREENE
INTO THE DEEP
Offering a muted take on the trend for neon accents, St Giles Blue contains black pigment, making it versatile and ideal for rooms to unwind in. Team with bold colours such as Arsenic and Charlotte’s Locks for a Mediterranean feel.
JOSEPHINE RANCE, FARROW & BALL
Minsk looks good in south-facing rooms without losing its vibrancy, and brightens a north-facing space. Team with earthy shades, deep creams,beiges and pink blush hues to warm it up or, for a dramatic look, add dark blue accents.