blue living room
Photo taken in Bangkok, Thailand

Impossible to resist the more or less intense shades of blue, which in the space of a few years has become a staple of interior architecture. Color has made its way to the living room to envelop us in its pigments, sometimes comforting, sometimes refreshing. Betting on blue in the living room makes it possible to obtain very different renderings depending on the shade chosen. A dragee or slightly azure paint accentuates the natural light, while a navy more easily draws a cozy atmosphere. And when it slips into the decor via a velvet sofa, the color invites us to dive into a fantasized ocean. It is therefore not surprising to see the variations of blue dethroning the classics of gray and taupe in the living spaces. Easier to handle, they even make it possible to tame the shades long shunned in interiors. So many qualities that explain the growing success of this color with a strong character.

The intense blue base sits the living room

The intense blue base sits the living room

Certain derivatives of classic blue are to be preferred to warm the atmosphere of living space. A deep shade like the blue of this renovated house makes it possible in particular to rebalance an excessively generous volume; just as it is capable of delimiting a “cocoon” living room within an open plan. Concentrating the painting on the base is an enlightened choice with this type of blue: it brings the heat that was lacking in the living room area but in no way reduces the beautiful light. The white placed in the upper part thus preserves the light, while the blue outlines the lines of the decoration.

A couture line enhances the softness of sky blue

A couture line enhances the softness of sky blue

From one shade to another, blue can offer diametrically opposed results. It is precisely this adaptability that makes it an ideal color for determining the ambiance of the living room. If the navy or the night are known for their character, the sky blue is acclaimed for its softness. Applied on all the walls, it transforms the space into a cotton bubble where it is good to meet up. This light blue blends carefree with powdery pinks and another greige, but needs to be shaken up by a bolder shade. A black band, painted at the edge of the ceiling or at the level of the base, precisely allows you to move away from the first degree.

Creating depth with a dark shade

Creating depth with a dark shade

Underestimating the “technical” power of color is a mistake many of us make. Yet used wisely, some paints can modulate the existing volume, without affecting the square meters or the arrangement of the partitions. The darker pigments in blue, most often represented by teal or midnight blue, create unparalleled visual depth when focused on a single living room wall. Working with accent color makes it possible to draw the eye to the back of the room – and all the more so if the other walls have kept a white dress. These dark blues are also easier to assume than black.

Shades of blue are invited through the furniture

Shades of blue are invited through the furniture

Even if we naturally think of painting to slip some bluish notes into a living room, it is also possible to concentrate the color on the furniture to benefit from its strengths. For example, a corduroy or cotton sofa is the best way to tame the intensity of Klein. Betting everything on furniture also allows you to combine several shades of blue without falling into the trap of the total look. It is a tone that is readily combined with its congeners, such as green, already widespread on the walls of our homes. The living room then oscillates between these two neighboring palettes, for a decidedly trendy decoration.

Arrangements underlined by a blue (which has become) iconic

Arrangements underlined by a blue which has become iconic

Reinterpreted over the years and trends, blue enjoys unparalleled fame among professionals. Artists and interior designers alike have helped to make some of its variations in design essentials – such as Sarah blue, revalued by decorator Sarah Lavoine in the space of a decade. Pulling slightly on duck blue, the color alone creates the atmosphere of a living room. Just put it on a bookcase or custom joinery to understand its full potential – it seems warm even though it is a “cold” shade according to the chromatic circle. Or how a blue can become iconic.

Scandinavian atmosphere in the pastel living room

Scandinavian atmosphere in the pastel living room

Spurred on by the Nordic style, blue gets rid of its contrasting pigments to get as close as possible to pastels. He then proposes to color the living spaces without losing an ounce of light. This very watered-down blue leaves a soft veil on the walls, forming a pretty base of the decoration. Some blame him for his lack of warmth and dare not invite him to the living room – in reality, it suffices to counterbalance this weakness with cozy materials such as curly wool, velvet, thick cotton, to draw a cocoon with Scandinavian influences. assumed.

When blue flirts with purple pigments

When blue flirts with purple pigments

Choosing a blue cast also allows you to merge several decorative desires. It remains timeless enough to match the followers of sober tones, and at the same time offers original shades that satisfy color lovers (a boon in the living room where the tastes of the whole household must coexist). In this family living space, the blue seems to be enhanced with a hint of purple which makes all the difference. The slightly purplish reflections affirm a character that is more difficult to find in the navy, the sky blue, traditionally declined in the interiors. In contact with it, the living room, therefore, takes on a more contemporary.

Wrap yourself in a monochrome patina blue

Wrap yourself in a monochrome patina blue

Blue is one of the few colors to bend over to monochrome and other monochromes without (too much) difficulty. Easy to handle, it allows you to compose a tone-on-tone decoration where the walls, the ceiling, the joinery, and sometimes even the furniture offer a unique palette … to the point of transforming the living room into a cocoon. Adopting a strong but slightly patinated blue is essential to create a comforting and cozy atmosphere in the TV corner. Pastel tones are too cold to take on such a function, and on the contrary, a distinct tone like indigo or Majorelle lacks a bit of softness.

Architecture enhanced by the lightness of blue

Architecture enhanced by the lightness of blue

It is not easy to determine the most suitable color to underline a unique architecture. While white helps prevent mistakes, it also lacks originality – that’s why many of us turn to blue variations. Chosen fairly light, the bluish tint emphasizes the main assets of a living room (moldings, mansards, or beams with pretty irregularities) without overshadowing its volume. Smoked or dragee blues also preserve natural light because they function as a light stain on walls and fittings – an essential point with an atypical architecture where the brightness must be maximum.

Betting on wallpaper to introduce color

Betting on wallpaper to introduce color

Painting is far from essential to introduce color into a living room because wallpapers have also assumed this role for a few years. These alternative coverings make it possible to invite blue in a less classic form around the sofa. The color can be dominant on the decoration, like a colored background, or punctuate the print with its intense pigments. Betting on wallpaper also allows blue to be anchored in a singular aesthetic – the patterns determine the dominant style and therefore bend the color to these expectations. Thus, it becomes Japanese, baroque, natural, or even ethnic with regard to the print.

Blue gains in character as it approaches black

Blue gains in character as it approaches black

Daring to contrast is not always easy in the living room. For fear of getting bored, we tend to favor the lighter versions of blue to the detriment of the dark ones. Known to be warmer and enveloping, these nuances above all help to assert the character of the inhabitants. The blue night or midnight, close to black, brings the intensity that is sometimes lacking in the decoration of our interiors. They create a unique depth and sublimate the living room with their bluish reflections, more or less visible depending on the sunshine. While the total dark look can be hard to tame, just balance the accent wall with a light cast on the other walls.

A duck blue sets the tone for the living room

A duck blue sets the tone for the living room

Among all the possible variations of the color, duck blue seems to prevail in many contemporary living rooms. Its assertive temperament allows affixing a personal touch in a few brushstrokes which explain the growing craze for its dark pigments. And as this color combines the trend of green with the timelessness of blue, it accurately colors the contours of the living room. Adding a touch of white to the openings, the edges of the fittings, and the ceiling, however, is still recommended to compensate for the dark side of the duck blue.

Shaded niches affirm the personality of the living room

Shaded niches affirm the personality of the living room

The installation of the paint should never be left to chance. In this family stay, only the library enhanced with blue niches stood out from the white ensemble. The color was strategically placed to emphasize the generous dimensions and depth of the shelves., without however breaking the harmony of the room (the edges kept in white made it possible to confuse the layout with the partition). Basically, the niches introduced the blue with subtlety, it was the furniture that then accentuated its presence. Proof that it only takes targeted notes of blue to take advantage of its temperament in the heart of a home.