The color blue is one of my top two, or maybe three, favorite hues to use as an interior designer. In our Manhattan apartment our Living Room walls were a reflective, high-gloss, sky blue, and our Master Suite walls were a matte French Blue. In our current home in Virginia, our palette is a more relaxed, and broader spectrum of blues and whites. Yet while Vikas and I are completely comfortable with light to medium shades of the color, we have yet to venture into the deeper blues: such as royal blue, cobalt, navy, and indigo.
Darker shades of blue are an unexplored as-of-yet frontier for us, and as I’ve started to take an interest, I love seeing these saturations used perhaps less often on walls, and definitely more often on statement furniture pieces: like the sofa. As is visible in editorials, actors and fashion bloggers, and families of four (and more) have embraced the deeper blue sofa as a sexy intersection of masculine and feminine–that also acts as a practical neutral. Especially when tufted and upholstered in a textured fabric like a durable velvet or hard-working ultra-suede, the blue sofa –whether within a contemporary or traditional aesthetic– is that much more luxurious, cozy, and inviting.
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