Color of the Month, August 2014: Bright Cobalt
30 inspirational examples of the saturated, dark blue and how to use it in your own home
Being blue isn't a bad thing when it comes to Pantone's Bright Cobalt. The world authority on color's fall 2014 trend report cited its slight green undertones as a perfect foil for other seasonal colors. We love how this rich hue adds a dose of cheerful drama to porch floors, bathroom trim, and more. Read on for inspiration on using this blue at home with these 30 examples.
Darker blue kitchen island cabinets ground the soaring cathedral ceilings of a cottage kitchen.
For a similar look, try: Sea Ridge (deep blue) and Tropical Pool (sky blue), Behr
A nursery with ornate crown molding and a ceiling medallion gets a little less serious with a dose of bright blue accessories.
Bold blue carpet and walls make the perfect match to stark white trim and furniture in this refined living room.
This wall paint was texturized to create a faux-fabric effect. Below the crisp white chair rail, Behr's Cornflower Blue is topped by a crisscross pattern of Mesmerize over Starless Night, evoking the warmth of your favorite jeans. Above it, Behr's Ashwood is topped by a one-way pattern in Ultra Pure White for a look that's closer to starched linen. See how to get this effect: How to Create a Faux Fabric Effect With Paint.
Ocean-blue glazed ceramic tiles have both a cooling and cozy-ing effect in this white, open-plan kitchen.
A garden fence gets attentive design details with a saturated blue orient.
Stiffkey Blue® No.281 Exterior Eggshell (orient), Breakfast Room Green® No.81 Exterior Eggshell (fence), Farrow & Ball
A tiered grouping of antique-style vases gets a blue boost from a denim-colored wall.
Washed Denim (RL1948), Harbor Blues Lifestyle Palette, Ralph Lauren Paint at The Home Depot
White trim and knockout blue walls brighten up a formal, traditional dining room.
To add detail and interest to a bland home office, contrasting paints mimics the look of trim.
Floral prints and container plants lend a dreamy air to a traditional bedroom saturated in deep blue.
Great Harbour (RL1931), Harbor Blues Lifestyle Palette, Ralph Lauren Paint at The Home Depot