Our Deep Blue Living Room, And Why We Love It.
“To any white body receiving the light from the sun, or the air, the shadows will be of a bluish cast.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
When we moved to our townhome this past year, we were sure that we wanted to stay in the cool tones, the way we decorated our cape cod. But something in me told me that I wanted it to be bolder. In the cape, I made the jump from tans and browns to greys, taupes and blues. We loved the feel. It felt contemporary but with classic character. There, we had small compartmentalized rooms and we accented the greys with bright colors. A single wall of a dark smoky blue in the living room and a bright orange center hallway with an antique white light. I’ll talk about that more another time.
Our townhome’s living space is spacious and open. A large living room - dining room combination opens into a den that looks through into an eat-in kitchen. The task was to make this home feel cozy and warm, still reflecting our style. To add charm and personality, I chose a lot of purples – blue violets, lavenders and plum. Our living room, had to be something different. Something a little more serious, formal but warm, with classic charm and also the biggest consideration – it had to be us.
We didn’t pull any punches. We want with a deep, dark, bold, bright, playful blue. Southern Evening, by Behr. It felt like the kind of color that would look good with light pouring in (like light does into our living room) but also in the evening when you want to cuddle and be cozy. I also knew that this color would make everything we placed in the room look good. It just has that sort of quality. I like mixing contemporary and classic elements and I knew that this color would pull it all together in just that way that I wanted it to do. Rather than accent with the blue, we painted three of the four walls in the living area Southern Evening. One wall, the one dividing our living room from the den and the dining room from the kitchen, that wall is taupe. I’ll save that for later.
So, Southern Evening it was.
Window treatments are so important. I knew that I had a dark room and that I could play with lighter curtains, which I generally think float too much in a lighter colored room. Here, practically everything that I tried looked good. I tried silver sheer panels with a grey underlay. Looked great, added a richness. They weren’t right though. Next, a light blue, a try at the monochromatic. The striking pop of color was great but they lacked the richness that the room demanded. I ended up selecting a dark blue velvet curtain for the living room window. I am normally hesitant to put colors together that are too similar, I fear that it will look like a failed attempt to match, which is barely ever my actual intention. The monochromatic blue layering, just worked. And I’ve kept going.
Rich fabrics, deep colors. The photos can talk for themselves.
At first, I worried that I'd put myself in a corner and only be able to use blue. This just wouldn't work for me because I have an eclectic style. As it turns out, my initial thought was right, almost anything works well with this backdrop.
It is cohesive, it is warm, it is elegant, it is dramatic and nothing else could measure up for this space now that we have it.
And although most people usually wonder whether a dark color will make a space feel small, it has not been the case. While I'll give you that this is an open space, the color hasn't compromised the feel of its size in any way.
Do I think that this color would work for everyone? No. It happened to enhance our style. I think the lesson to take from this is that if you want to, you should try using color, color that you really love. Maybe something that takes a bit of bravery to start rolling onto your walls. If you love something dramatic, give it a shot. You can always paint over it. Really. Its true.