And breathe… The new year has arrived and has brought with it the annual comedown from Christmas. Always preceded by one of the year’s most hectic seasons, January is known for being sublimely lowkey. It’s time to take it easy on ourselves, ease into the first few weeks of 2017 and have a little R&R.
We plan to embrace the January Blues (Pinterest was right!) and we’re starting with bedrooms, where its calming but reassuring properties are just the tonic for a restful sleep. Pantone’s colour of the year – greenery – can sit tight just a little while longer.
The Langham London’s Sterling Suite is renowned for being one of the capital’s most expensive hotel suites. The space’s bedrooms flirt between a number of pastel tones but for its master bedroom design firm Richmond International chose a striking Parisian blue. Its ombre curtains draw the eye with their classic blue and white palette; a pagoda-inspired, mirror trim headboard is upholstered in a soft velvet; and églomisé panels depict hand-painted lotus trees in a Chinese silk style.
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Celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard opts for a deep indigo hue in this typically Southwestern bedroom. An elaborate scroll-end bench is made up with a medium-scale ikat weave, which is mirrored in the traditional cushions. A kaleidoscopic artwork hangs above the handsome leather button-tufted bed which is paired with mismatched dark wood bedside tables and matching pottery table lamps.
An adventuring sail boat, which tells of seafaring stories of days gone by, was the inspiration for the Coastal Elegance bedroom. The rich tones wood of its furniture harks to that of glamorous 20th century vessels; its ikat weave cushions a nautical mainstay; and its blue and white chinoiserie table lamp a reminder of the trading bounties of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Katharine Pooley may very well have pulled off the chicest twin room ever. A royal blue carpet, matching silk benches and oversized panelled headboards comprise the foundation of the scheme which is dressed with coordinating cushions, blue-trimmed curtains and cable knit throws.
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The accent colour of choice for this Matthew Lanphier bedroom was just meant to be. “This bedroom is in a beautiful “Santa Barbara Mission Style” home in Rancho Palos Verdes, [California]. Blue is the main accent colour throughout the house (interior and exterior) – even the window trims are blue. So, here we played with the blue palette in all of its shades (cobalt, navy, etc.) to achieve a nuanced approach to an accent colour.” The relaxed striped rug and ceramic tassel-like Arteriors table lamps add a playfulness.
Toning down the hue to a mature Air Force blue, Katharine Pooley accents this room’s main focal point – a specialist upholstery decorative headboard – with the colour. The steely palette is softened with warm taupe upholstery and a warm grey rug for a sophisticated take on blue.
A modern design with a hint of the refined, this cool palette bedroom from the Townhouse collection adds glamour to a modern quilted headboard (realised in an effortless blue-grey velvet) with a scattering of azure-toned cushions and a lustrous blue buttoned pouffe for a contemporary spin on townhouse style.
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Pastel blue upholstery teamed with cloud white makes for a refreshing pairing in this Taylor Howes bedroom. Chosen as one of last spring’s most beautiful bedroom palettes, the scheme is conducive to a relaxing night’s sleep of simple luxury.
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Dusky blue is a Neoclassical mainstay and was a favourite of Marie Antoinette. (Although many of the queen’s existing furniture pieces are now faded to their original wood colours, in their prime they would have been painted in shades of pastel blue and pink.) This delicate bedroom by White House interior designer Michael S. Smith uses layers of the softest of blues. Duck egg blue walls act as backdrop to a grey-blue painted bed and pale viridian taffeta drapes.
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Forget blue velvet, blue satin is the way to go, especially in a heavenly cashmere and royal blue combination. N Studio (previously Intarya) understands the soothing properties of a blue immersion by dressing this room in harmonious azure tones, ranging from intense to soft tones. Its chaise’s artistic fabric and a wall-hung canvas combine the tones seamlessly.
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What’s a blue room edit without a coastal offering? Blue and white is the quintessential seaside palette recalling thoughts of white sand and blue sea. Nautical blue and white has even become the synonymous with the popular Hamptons style. For this Bahamas bedroom, Finchatton combines rope motifs, white-washed shutter panels and woven Navajo-inspired patterns.
This pale duck egg blue bedroom by Tobi Fairley is equal parts English country and Hollywood Regency. The subtle palette, painted white wood trim, button-tufted bed and damask curtains are decidedly country; the statement mirror, mirrored furniture, oversized crystal table lamps and silky bedding are ever-so-glamorous.
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Go bold or go home is the message of this top-floor Natalia Miyar-designed bedroom. The designer settled on a deep majolica blue for the walls and eaved ceiling, and paired this with tactile abstract neutral upholstery, blue chevron cushions, dark woods and an oil-slick-inspired table lamp with interesting star-printed shade. The room’s white mount artwork pops against the space’s dramatic walls.
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Clean-lined, key upholstery pieces finished in a heady teal blue brings a pop of colour to this twin room by Tobi Fairley. Teamed with casual grey, the look blends contemporary style with a rich aesthetic for a smart alternative to bland guest room design.
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Stephanie Coutas’ beachy take on the blue bedroom includes a neon blue apatite headboard with chrome frame, complementary bronze and brass elliptical wall scones and a Tai Ping rug by the designer with a dissolved traditional pattern. The simple Dedar bedspread is dressed up with rows of custom geometric and plain cushions.