Dark Blue is the color of winter 2017. The color arrives in our interiors. The color with soothing powers decorates furniture, walls and accessories to modernize the decor bringing at the same time a little extra touch, perhaps brings a soul to the room. Dark blue shows a deeper character.
If blue is the preferred color of todays’ world, during Antiquity it was not even considered a color. Except for the Egyptians, who perceived it as a lucky charm linked to immortality and truth. Did you know that originally, the color navy blue had nothing to do with the deep tints of the sea? It comes from the lapis lazuli – the royal stone in Egypt – a very old metamorphic rock, also called ultramarine stone, because it comes from overseas, from Turkey more precisely. At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all pigments. Ultramarine was translated into Navy blue and would exist for centuries. But the confusion of the name would come in particular from the uniforms of the Royal Navy of England, hence the expression ‘navy blue’.
From a spiritual point of view, dark blue would correspond to a chakra also called third eye, located between the two eyes, near the top of the head therefore, which would have a very strong spiritual power. Synonymous with dreams, sweetness and serenity, blue is soothing – the darker it is, the more soothing and serene it becomes – and it would seem to be a good remedy against stress.
If dark blue has asserted itself as a classic in our wardrobes in the same way as the black, on a decorative side, this is another story. The use of navy is often associated with a summer and seaside decoration. Nevertheless, it is a very trendy and decorative color this year. Dark blue awakens and updates the retro and classic decors in big cities or in suburbs. Dark furniture offers more relief to the space. In these deepest nuances, it makes a room vibrant. It updates a look often too strict or blend. In deco, the blue does wonders.
Blue is perfect for the intimacy of a bedroom or an office, in total look for a cocoon effect or in accent for a fashion look. It is a color that is both fashion and timeless. Sweeter than black, navy blue – a mixture of ultramarine and burnt Sienna earth – color our walls and revive our everyday objects.
The navy blue goes with all colors and materials: marble, brass, copper, wood. This color plays with the light to create depth effects and immediately attracts the eye.
You can play the total look but personally, I like to paint in blue only one side of wall and to play the color card with textures, matt and satin. These two ways to decorate create an elegant atmosphere: navy blue to cover a wall will determine a more modern and tonic atmosphere of the room, and using blue on some objects, bedlinen, kilim carpet, or vintage lighting.
For the Spring, an alternative for dark blue, is indigo blue. Dense, deep, luminous and fresh, the indigo takes us to distant lands where this color is king, to the discovery of the Mediterranean countries like Portugal, Greece or Morocco. Used on decorative pillows and throws, window treatment, or in bed linen the indigo blue sublime our decoration. Nothing is better than to have a French nap, lying on nice throw pillows decorated with diverse shapes and textures. The deco trick for sunny days: to accumulate several sofa pillows in different shade of indigo blues, more or less washed out to refresh the outdoor furniture or sunroom.