True Blue – why blue is the colour of 2014
Friday 22 August 2014, Written by Sarah Cole
Blue has well and truly secured its place as the colour of 2014 (sorry Pantone's Radiant Orchid!) Dramatic and charming in equal measure, the rich tones of inky indigo and navy blue have really stolen the limelight - and everyone's getting in on it. From top end design brands like Farrow & Ball (for whom Stiffkey Blue is a bestseller) to high street heroes like Tesco and Sainsbury's, blue is everywhere. But why do we love it so much?
Blue is an incredibly versatile colour and can look dramatically different depending where it's used. Dark blues can look very striking but aren't quite as harsh as blacks and dark greys so can be easier to live with. From dusty shades to deep jewel tones, dark blues like navy and indigo are effortlessly chic and an excellent backdrop to a range of accent colours, from white to gold to coral.
Patterns in blue, such as patterned tiles, are proving to be very popular, with darker blue shades providing an excellent base to lighter hues. The Romanesque tiles (pictured top) are available in a range of shades and look beautiful in otherwise plain rooms. The mixture of dark and light blue hues coupled with a striking pattern really draws the eye, providing a stunning focal point whether they're used on walls or floors.
You might be surprised, but blue can actually feel very warm despite its reputation as a cold colour. Darker blues, such as indigo, have rich undertones which make spaces feel cosy and inviting rather than cool. A common trend at the moment is coupling brass and rose gold with rich navy which looks stunning.