If you are looking for a new colour to decorate your living room, blue is a great option. The colour of both the sky and sea, blue tones are said to evoke clarity and pureness and have a calming and welcoming effect when used in your home.
Using tonal shades within the same colour family or multiple strengths of a single hue are not only very popular way to decorate, it’s also a look that’s easy to live with.
The starting point for this tonal living room scheme was the Bondi Icebergs pool print. This print has multiple shades of blue from bright to soft seafoam hues. These hues have all been bought into the space for unity and cohesion.
When assembling your space, start with larger items of furniture: the sofa first, then the bookshelf, the two coffee tables, followed by the small side table. Then, place your bigger decorative items, medium and smaller items. When everything is in place, add a touch of greenery and hang your piece of statement artwork.
Blue looks lovely when teamed with soft browns and creams. This natural linen sofa anchors the room as a key furniture piece for the rest of the room scheme to be built around. The sofa is layered with two blue and a natural toned cushion in a soft sandy colour which appears in the print.
Step 2: Add a neutral sofa to anchor the space. This one is the Hugo 3-Seater in Natural Weave from Me & My Trend.
Step 3: Add a tall bookshelf painted Resene Malibu.
Step 4: Add nesting tables in Resene Aquarius (large), Resene Onahau (medium) and Resene Anakiwa (small).
Step 5: Add cushions to coordinate with your colour palette. The blue linen-look cushion is from Freedom Furniture, the beige fringed cushion is from Kmart and the blue fringed square cushion cover is from H&M Home. Add books and/or magazines to the bookcase in stacks on three separate shelves.
Step 6: Add a basket painted Resene Meditation for small items that you’d like to keep hidden from sight.
Step 7: Start filling in the bookcase with larger vases painted in (from top to bottom) Resene Frozen, Resene French Pass, Resene Bismark and Resene Anakiwa.
Step 8: Start filling out the nesting tables with accessories. We added a vase in Resene Malibu, a bowl in Resene Raindance, a blue mug from Kmart and some woven coasters from Freedom Furniture.
Step 9: Add in smaller accessories, such as the two small vases on the bookshelf in Resene Opal (left) and Resene Crowdpleaser (right) and the blue-hued glass on the side table.
Step 10: Bring in greenery. We added a vine in a pot on the top of the bookcase painted Resene Malibu, a leafy plant in the middle of the bookcase in a pot painted Resene Raindance and a monstera leaf in the vase on the side table.
Step 11: Finally, hang up your artwork. We found this framed image of the cascading pools at Bondi Beach at Kmart.
Styling by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Bryce Carleton. 2019
Colour inspiration - latest looks gallery
Get inspired with colour and the latest decorating and colour trends! Select just the right look and mood for your space.
Teen to office space
Transitioning your teens bedroom
A secluded space to call your own