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Publication Date: 2014-02-19

Inspiration

The Right Blue For A Foyer

We’re redecorating a semi-grand hallway and thinking of going very dramatic with a strong blue, punctuated by clean dove white trim and wainscoting.

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Here are some of the textiles we’re considering for the adjacent living room. The solid blue is a Holland & Sherry linen that we’ll be using to reupholster an existing English scroll arm sofa. The patterned fabrics in the room are still up in the air but we’re loving a few of these by Raoul. Our most pressing decision is the paint color for the foyer. Right now we’re leaning towards a dark navy blue, but We’re not going to lie; we’re having difficulty making a decision–and we’ve always thought of ourselves as good colorists! Here are a few of the paint samples we’ve put up on the wall so far:

To quote New York Designer Matthew Patrick Smith, whose blue paneled sitting area is below, “Blue is strong and provides a nice clean statement. It’s very reassuring. There are also so many shades, from dark blues to something with silver—it has such a range.” He’s certainly right about the multitude of shades–it’s mind-boggling! The image below has always been in our blue inspiration file for its incredible electricity.

Interior designer Bunny Williams, whose rooms often employ blue walls to set the stage says, “Blue is one of the easiest colors to live with and is most people’s favorite hue, in fact, there are so many beautiful shades of blue—some cool, some warm, and they mix well together. If you use several blues in a room, they do not have to match; they just need to blend.” We’re especially in love with the navy blue walls of the JK Palace in Capri, Italy.

Do you have a tried and true navy blue or other shade of blue paint to recommend?"

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