The colour blue is often associated with creativity, calmness and intelligence.
It is a colour that we relate to life and positivity (the ocean, the sky) and in my opinion, it’s one of those colours that looks good in almost every shade.
However it's not often we see blue as the primary colour for a residential interior space, and I suppose the reason for this is that it can be daunting to incorporate large amounts of colour into a space, it feels safer to have just a little accent here and there.
I love designs that stick to a monochromatic colour scheme, and just to be clear; monochromatic is the use of one colour in varying shades (somewhere along the line it got confused with being black and white). So, when it comes to inspiration for a design I’m working on I have always found myself drawn towards projects where a designer can live out a colour fantasy (cue India Mahdavi's pink delight; Sketch in London). And true, most references for this type of design is found in retail and hospitality…
…But! This doesn't mean the same design philosophy can't be applied to a residential room or apartment. It just takes a little courage and some play with materials and textures to layervarying shades of the colour to create cohesion in the space.
Dividing a monochromatic interior space into 'layers' is what designers often refer to as the identification and exploration of the 'Elements of Design'. By exploring the various layers of an interior space such as line, shape, colour, texture, space, proportion- designers ensure that balance and harmony is achieved. This is a method that extends to every facet of producing art and design; it does require a little cultivation and experience, but it is in no way impossible to attempt; a few of our own tips for incorporating monochrome into your home:
Start with a muted shade of your chosen colour for the walls; it can be light or dark, textured or flat. If you’re really afraid of making the splash on the walls, go for a neutral base with a hint of your chosen colour: you might not see it in the paint pot, but once all the other elements are incorporated the ‘hint’ will really enable a cohesion of colour.
Choose a couple of pieces of statement furniture; if its straight lines you love – embrace a straight backed armchair. If you love curves; start with ceramics in your chosen colour.
Add fabric; every room needs something to soften, particularly when using only one colour. It can be some drapery with some movement, or a cosy throw blanket tossed over a sofa.
And lastly, use black white and grey; in a designers world these are not considered ‘colour’ – so adding a black sconce, or having a bright white ceiling, or a white picture frame will give your space a sophistication (trust us!).
Take a look at what Copenhagen based studio, GamFratesi have achieved in all blue with 'Copenhague' restaurant (images above). By paying particular attention to the design elements we can better understand how and why it looks so damn good!!. Here's what they had to say about the project...
"Copenhague restaurant is characterized by an intense and dark blue atmosphere. A combination of dark blue leather, textiles and deep blue curtains and tablecloths, are selected to bring the visitors in an intimate atmosphere. As the only touch of white, a series of white porcelain plates made of special edition in collaboration with Royal Copenhagen and GamFratesi. The white colour will bring attention to a culinary experience in a sharp contrast between the refined Danish cuisine and the intense atmosphere." - designfarm.com.au
Here's a little more monochromatic inspiration ...