Trend watch: How to decorate with blue

How to decorate with blue? It seems we can’t get enough of this colour at the moment and there’s no sign of it disappearing any time soon.  I gave a trend talk at May Design Series last year and predicted that blue would run for at least 2-3 years and it looks like I was right.  Probably one of the most adaptable colours, blue is appearing in many guises; one that it is having a particular renaissance at the moment are the beautifully blue Moroccan inspired prints, seen on textiles, chinaware and tiles. All the major high street stores, including House of Fraser, Marks and Spencer and George Home, are selling them.  I am a huge fan of this style of tile (see below) and think they look stunning used as kitchen splashbacks, underneath the dining room table (as a replacement rug) on the bathroom floor to border the bath or even in the bedroom as a replacement headboard. For textiles such as towels, throws and cushions, mix and match the pattern with plain blues and white.

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It’s not quite a throw back to the rag rolling from the 80’s, but it’s not far off!  The paint effect below has been applied in such a way that it adds depth and texture to the room. This subtle technique moves away from the feature wall and instead becomes something a little more creative.

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Paneled walls look gorgeous in deep sea blue or blue/grey,  perfect tones for a reading room or snug, for an injection of colour,  add mustard or hot pink.


Below is a great example of how to layer up mid-tone blues.  Teamed with colour of the moment ‘copper blush’, the minimal patterns and simple styling allows the varying blue hues to be the main focus of the room

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The colour of this wardrobe leans more towards the blue/green spectrum than previous shots, but I wanted to include it as it’s a fabulous example of how beautiful this colour looks with deep grey. The oversized bedroom mirror just completes the look for me, I love this room.


I think this has to be my favourite shot of all.  Styled by the extremely talented Swedish stylist, Anna Marselius, this room takes on a more paired back look, with Anna combining her soft petrol blues with a distressed wooden floor and headboard, the look is soft, welcoming and very stylish.

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Picture credits: House of Fraser / Marks and Spencer / B&Q / Eget Rom / Bloglovin / Anna Marselius


Meet Pippa

Pippa Jameson is an author, tv designer and interiors expert. The previous interior editor on several leading UK titles, Pippa has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout her 25-year career, Pippa’s unique and creative approach has won her commissions for large retail brands and celebrities to deliver exciting and engaging projects. 

She’s written the curriculum for the British College of Interior Design, produced and styled shoots for well-known brands including John Lewis, H&M & Team GB/DFS, worked as an International Stylist for leading paint brands in Asia, consulted on the launch and creative direction of major retail names including George Home and Wren, and most recently, published her first book, The Sensory Home. Pippa possesses expertise unmatched in the interior industry.