Blue —and more specifically cobalt blue— has always been my colour of choice for adding accents to my home.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have likely noticed that cobalt blue has been everywhere in the fashion world lately; from the SS23 runways to the windows of COS, Arket et al and, where fashion leads, homeware usually follows.
For me, the colour blue always evokes a sense of wanderlust and escapism, especially when paired with creamy whites or chalky terracottas. It’s the rippling of the Aegean sea, the exoticism of Le Jardin Majorelle, and the curved domes of rooftops studding the Santorini horizon. No matter what you call it —Aegean, Cerulean, Indigo, Azure (no one seems to be able to agree on just which shades are which)— that deep, vibrant hue will forever be associated in my mind with the warmth of the summer sun and salt slicking my skin. Which is why its a shade I return to in my home over and over and over again (and also why it’s an accent hue on my blog!).
I’m not someone who goes in for ‘colour-drenching’ —using the same strong hue on every conceivable surface to create a dramatic impact— and instead much prefer my pops of blue to be just that; pops. Sure, its not as en-trend as drenching is, but then, I’ve never been a believer in following trends, particularly in your home, which is a space you should be cultivating for a good length of time, not just a single season.
Blue has been my go-to colour in the home for so long that I feel confident now that its a shade that’ll bring me comfort and joy forever. I remember painting my bedroom walls at my parent’s house in a muted shade of teal many many moons ago (which you can see here, when I briefly moved back in with them before making the move up North), tempered by chalky woodwork in powdered pink, and a chocolate brown interior for my built-in wardrobes. I still adore —and miss— that delicious colour combo.
Scrolling through my favourite online interior stores recently has been a true delight for my senses, and a real pain for my wallet (although I’ve so far resisted any major cobalt blue purchases). But, if I were currently looking to add a few more cobalt pops to my home, these pieces would be high up on my list…
1. THE CONRAN SHOP round vase* 2. HAY two-tone food stand* 3. ARKET Takashi Tsushima Wool Blanket* 4. SERAX Feast serving plate* 5. SELFRIDGES Duplum round ceramic mirror* 6. FLOS Bellhop table lamp* 7. IITTALA Aalto glass vase* 8. ARKET hand-painted plate* 9. THE CONRAN SHOP large Abstract Shapes tray* 10. HAY Flat Works rug* 11. RLI Capri scented candle* 12. H&M stoneware mug*
Lead image: Broste Copenhagen