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Okay, so you’ve decided that you want to paint your walls blue—that’s a great first step, but now it’s time to choose one shade out of a sea of blues. If you want something bold and dark, allow us to introduce you to a designer favorite from Farrow & Ball: Hague Blue. Thanks to deep green undertones, this shade of blue is a special combination of unique and versatile, moody and calming, and fresh and familiar. As designer Margaret Naeve says, it’s “one of my go-to colors for adding intrigue to a room. The blue immediately defines a space and creates a feeling of depth and drama. It would pair wonderfully with a collection of rare objects belonging to a bold owner, who, much like [their] home, would never be described as boring!” And as designer Charlotte Barnes points out, “it looks great flat or lacquered, it’s timeless, and who doesn’t love blue?”Ahead, discover 10 beautiful designer rooms that showcase Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue paint color to inspire your own home decor projects.
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“My clients love color, pattern, and finishing details,” says Michael Maher, who designed this home. The pantry, situated between the kitchen and dining room, combines all three with glossy cabinetry and millwork painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, and a mahogany countertop is trimmed with brass banding and fitted with a copper sink.
In this New York City apartment, interior designed by Elizabeth Cooper brought a little bit of zen to the bedroom with a blue and white color scheme. Something zippy and bright might be too energizing and playful for a city bedroom, so Hague Blue was just what the designer ordered.
Use It to Connect Rooms
“As I design a room, I’m always considering the space next door,” Ashley Whittaker tells House Beautiful. “What are the contrasts? What are the continuities, what do I want to see more of?” In this case, the living room’s rich blue walls were inspired by the adjacent sitting room’s wallpaper, specifically, the bird’s feathers. While you might not notice the details right off the bat, “they give the space harmony,” she explains.
Contrast With Edgy Accents
Designed by Michael Aiddus, this bathroom has a fun coastal feel to it while also hinting at an edgier and more formal vibe all at once. The Hague Blue walls offset the black pieces perfectly.
Crisp white paint isn’t the only option in a home gym. In fact, sometimes a moody deep tone enhances the sense of intimacy and simply makes the space cooler. Here, design firm Sunny Circle Studio used Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, hung abstract art, and incorporated decorative seating.
Hague Blue looks gorgeous on exteriors, too! “I needed something that livened up the elegance of this 1930s Hollywood Regency house, so I painted the front door in this midnight blue” says designer Elizabeth Dinkel. “In the full-gloss finish, it catches the light, which brings out the vibrancy of the color. It looks rich and makes a statement. And it sets off the decorative hardware beautifully,” she adds.
Contrast With Warmer Tones
To complement the restored wood accents in this Boston colonial revival, Cecilia Casagrande opted for Hague Blue. The deep, rich color brings just a touch of contrast.
“Nothing matches but it all works,” says Charlotte Barnes. She opted for Hague Blue because it’s surprisingly versatile and flattering with a variety of accent colors.
In the Chicago apartment of Devin Kirk, color and pattern rule, even in the tiniest of spaciest. This is true in the wet bar area of the pantry, where Hague Blue walls ground the fun tropical-inspired fabric and wallpaper.
A home study or media room is the perfect space to use Hague Blue in since the darker tones instantly make a room feel cozier but it’s not as expected as a neutral like dark grey. This room designed by Jeanette Whitson takes that cozy factor up a notch with a tented ceiling.
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