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Dark Blue for fireplace wall?

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PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 20:55:49

medium sized room with wooden floors, good sizes bay window which brings in a lot of natural light especially afternoon/evening time. chimney breast, with fireplace removed (feature recess in place), and relatively shallow recesses each side.

There will be a white painted heavy wood shelf (half fire surround, the top part of one) with filigree underneath. There will be a large while mirror like this one above it.

In one recess there will be a white computer desk, modern, ikea, (not ugly) and a white leather chair. On the other recess there is an off white tv stand, and there will be white floating shelves above.

There is a wall light in each recess which is a plain oval shaped wall light that will be painted whatever colour the wall will be, to be descrete (just see the light above).

We have a dark brown chunky leather sofa, and a huge modern rattan oval/round shaped light fitting (from ikea).

The rest of the walls will be an off-white (vaguest hint of blue) and white woodwork.

Curtains/blinds will be chosen to match darker wall colour.

So. With all this white, what do you think about dark rick blue for the chimney wall and recess walls (right across).

stickylittlefingers Sat 05-Sep-09 21:13:06

erm - I can imagine it working with a sort of cobaltness to it? I think it sounds nice! Do you live near the sea?

blithedance Sat 05-Sep-09 21:15:07

Our chimney breast is painted dark blue by previous owners. It's grown on me, ornaments and pictures stand out nicely against it.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:15:30

in fact mirror is more like this

LaDiDaDi Sat 05-Sep-09 21:18:42

like this? or this?

I prefer the second one, although it does seem v.dark. I think it would look nice.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:18:43

sticky yes, cobalt type blue. And yes we do live by the sea!

DH thinks it might be too dark, but we will have a lot of light to break it up and it is only one (albeit large) wall. I really do not want bland colours in the front room, and I do not want red/orange, although I like both these colours.

I was thinking it would bring in the elements of grandeur of the victorian era (high ceilings, ceiling rose, over mantle mirror) with the modernness of white and modern furnishings.

We have some other tester pots, including a sage type colour, but am not convinced.

LaDiDaDi Sat 05-Sep-09 21:21:38

this is nice imo.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:24:45

Darker/bluer than those ones La I am going to try to find it.

(a lighter shade of the second one is what I want for the bottom of the hallway under the dado rail though!)

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:25:42

Funnily that is one of our tester pots. but its close to what I would like for hallway. Although we can re-consider the hallway if this one looks good. I do like that one.

stickylittlefingers Sat 05-Sep-09 21:27:38

that's funny! Our last house was by the sea and I kept painting things blue... now we live inland and I'm a bit yellow obsessed.

I think that blue would look lovely with brown leather sofas. Also do you have rattany coloured things as well (I guess the floorboards are likely to be anyway). I have a very nice set of colour swatches going through my head now.

It will look fantastic - especially with the sea-light.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:32:54

ah, not that close to the sea. We can see it from the skylights in our new loft!!! I thought you were thinking sea inspired, rather than visibly so (15 min walk).

this is the colour I like

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:33:34

floorboards are same colour as rattan ceiling shade. I will go find that for you to look at...

stickylittlefingers Sat 05-Sep-09 21:36:08 l.htm (at 21/9 on the grid at the bottom)

For inspiration! I love this...

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:36:31

here is the shade athough the picture does it no justice. The shade is in fact bigger than it looks here, compared to the flex. Wooden floor is same colour.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:39:43

DH likes this

stickylittlefingers Sat 05-Sep-09 21:39:54

I think you'll still have that effect that the sea has on the light. Anyway - I like that one, but I would like it even better ever so slightly bluer (at this point dp starts rolling his eyes and saying things like well why don't we ask homebase just to transfer their entire stock to our garage and I say really do you think they'd do that that'd be great - I'm a bit of a nightmare. I know what I like)


Let's have a look at your lampshade...

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:44:19

I like it a bit bluer too. But its actually really difficult to find one, like the vase you linked, which I love the colour of!

The colour on the tester is in fact bluer than the colour on the website.

stickylittlefingers Sat 05-Sep-09 21:44:42

hmmm, your DH's taste isn't mine. I think you'd have to be really really tidy to carry it off - and it wouldn't go with the light shade (which I like a lot! It's like a sand-dollar!).

Is it the grey he likes? I have a mental picture of sort of ruched silk cushion covers in navy blue and silver for your sofas (which are currently identical to our sofas!)

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 05-Sep-09 21:47:23

LOL, funnily enough he dislikes grey normally!!! We are also thinking that the blue he likes is probably too 'grown up' for our room, which will have toys strewn all over the place half the time and we are certainly not ultra tidy! I think the bluer colours will allow us a certain amount of child clutter (of course we will keep it to a minimum wink)

stickylittlefingers Sat 05-Sep-09 21:50:10

yummy. I am conscious that dd1 puked all over our cushions this morning, so I would be looking for machine washability, I'm not totally impractical. But when we're all grown up we'll have thai silk...

stickylittlefingers Sat 05-Sep-09 21:55:12

lovely coloured paper

Tho not sure what to do with it. Are you into origami?

HerHonesty Sun 06-Sep-09 06:44:20

farrow and ball have a lovely dark blue called hague blue which is worth looking at.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sun 06-Sep-09 09:28:22

HerHonesty - Isn't farrow and Ball like uber uber expensive though? DH would go spare if I bought paint that costs more than the carpets we need to buy grin.

This whole painting thing. I am excited and scared all at the same time. I have not been brave before. I have always been covering over such hideous colours that cream or magnolia or a version of has always sufficed! Never, ever again grin

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sun 06-Sep-09 09:29:21

sticky - link did not work for the cushion covers.

noddyholder Sun 06-Sep-09 09:33:53

There is a lovely colour in the Craig and rose range called smalt it is a deep blue and looks good with wood and white.My ds had it in a loft room and it was lovely.It is very matt sort of chalky

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