Move over Green, Blue is back - It never really left! by Jamie Blake

OF LATE THERE HAS BEEN A NOTABLE MILESTONE IN COLOUR, A NEW DIRECTION, AND ONE COULD BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING THE LOVE AFFAIR WITH BLUE IS SEEMINGLY COMING TO AN END, OR IS IT?

WITH INTERIOR DESIGNERS WE ARE MANUFACTURING KITCHENS & JOINERY USING A GREENER PALETTE AND THEREFORE INTERIOR DESIGN PUBLICATIONS ARE INCREASINGLY DRAWING CLIENTS ATTENTIONS TO DARK EARTHY GREEN COLOURS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE DEEP BLUES. FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE WE WILL SEE CLIENTS EMBRACE AND START TO REQUEST GREENS WITH INCREASING CONFIDENCE, HOWEVER, DISMISS BLUE AT YOUR PERIL! DARKER SHADES OF BLUE WILL REMAIN ELEGANT AND TIMELESS. THE RENAISSANCE OF BLUE WILL BE IN ITS USE AS AN ACCENT COLOUR, IN MORE UNUSUAL SHADES AND TEXTURES. BELOW I HAVE OUTLINED SOME EXAMPLES OF OF THE EVOLUTION OF BLUE.

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW!


  • THE DARKER HUE WILL STILL BE FEATURING PROMINENTLY BUT LESS SO A WHOLE KITCHENS PAINTED DARKER BUT AS A FEATURE COMPLIMENTING VENEERS, AND OTHER JOINERY.

 DARKER WALLS WILL STILL BE FEATURE PROMINENTLY IN FEATURE ROOMS ETC

DARKER WALLS WILL STILL BE FEATURE PROMINENTLY IN FEATURE ROOMS ETC

 DARK BLUE STAINED VENEERED CABINETRY - COMPLIMENTING THE TIMBER VENEERS AND THE NATURAL STONE WORKTOPS

DARK BLUE STAINED VENEERED CABINETRY - COMPLIMENTING THE TIMBER VENEERS AND THE NATURAL STONE WORKTOPS

 
 FEATURE BLUE DRAWERS INTERNALLY IN THE LARDER OFFERS A PUNCH OF COLOUR

FEATURE BLUE DRAWERS INTERNALLY IN THE LARDER OFFERS A PUNCH OF COLOUR

 DARK STAINED TIMBER VANITY FRONTS COMPLIMENTING THE MARBLE AND BRASS TONES

DARK STAINED TIMBER VANITY FRONTS COMPLIMENTING THE MARBLE AND BRASS TONES


  • A NEWER TREND OF LIGHTER/FRESHER SHADES OF THE PALETTE BEGINNING THE MOVEMENT INTO TEALS AND LIGHTER GREENS. THESE COMBINED WITH A DARKER ACCENTS IN WORKTOPS, ACCOMPANYING FURNITURE, WALLS, WALLPAPERS ETC.

 A LIGHTER SHADE OF BLUE // TEAL COMPLIMENTING THE DARKER COLOUR

A LIGHTER SHADE OF BLUE // TEAL COMPLIMENTING THE DARKER COLOUR

 NAVY BLUE FEATURE CARPET

NAVY BLUE FEATURE CARPET

 
 A LOVELY LIGHTER BLUE WHICH WILL BE A REFRESHING ADDITION TO THE PALETTE

A LOVELY LIGHTER BLUE WHICH WILL BE A REFRESHING ADDITION TO THE PALETTE

 OUR TEAL DRESSER - A GREAT COLOUR WILL BE FEATURING PROMINENTLY IN 2019

OUR TEAL DRESSER - A GREAT COLOUR WILL BE FEATURING PROMINENTLY IN 2019


  • BLUE WILL CONTINUE TO FEATURE AND DOMINATE IN MATERIALITY. THINK BLUE SLIP TILES, MOSAICS, BLUE BASED VENEERS AND FABRIC ACCENTS.

 TEAL TILING

TEAL TILING

 DARK BLUE TILING AND TEAL UPHOLSTERY - BANQUETTE SEATING

DARK BLUE TILING AND TEAL UPHOLSTERY - BANQUETTE SEATING

 
 DARK BLUE VENEERS

DARK BLUE VENEERS

 EARTHENWARE TILES - SPLASH-BACKS

EARTHENWARE TILES - SPLASH-BACKS


See below for the colours I am championing and presenting - 

Blues

 Farrow & Ball - De Nimes

Farrow & Ball - De Nimes

 Farrow & Ball - Inchyra Blue

Farrow & Ball - Inchyra Blue

 Paint & Paper Library - Blue Blood

Paint & Paper Library - Blue Blood

TEALS

 Paint & Paper Library - Teal

Paint & Paper Library - Teal

 Little Greene - Tea with Florence

Little Greene - Tea with Florence

 Paint & Paper Library - Blue Gum

Paint & Paper Library - Blue Gum

Greens

 Paint & Paper - Stable Green

Paint & Paper - Stable Green

 Farrow & Ball - Treron

Farrow & Ball - Treron

 Paint & Paper - Hunter Dunn

Paint & Paper - Hunter Dunn


How we can translate this into Blakes

  • As we want to present ourselves moving forward at the head of the trend how we can position ourselves is when a darker blue colour is requested is explore flat fronted cabinetry as appose to the shaker style and mix materials, painted cabinetry with a veneer perhaps even stained timber, veneers offer a lovely texture bring a surface to life either in its natural finished, painted with grain showing through or stained.

  • Where dark blue is requested, explore the deeper green colours or for clients prepared to take a more adventurous step move into the teals.

  • If blue is paramount, consider introducing lighter blue or use the darker as a feature, say just the island only as a feature complimenting another lighter palette.