Recently two of my favorite blogger/designer/all-around-stylish-mavens were featured in design magazines and each spread included a gorgeous moody blue den. It’s no secret blue is one of my favorite colors and I pretty much incorporate into every decorating job my clients will allow. I love it for fabrics, rugs, but especially on walls when we want a little drama. I am designing a formal living room right now that is going to be part lounge part play room and we are planning a dark blue for the walls. We haven’t finalized the exact color but these two rooms below are serving as great inspiration.
Above and below is a den by Meredith Heron that appears in the February issue of House and Home. She really went bold with high gloss blue/gray on the built-in bookshelves and fireplace mantel. I’ve never done a colored mantel before, but now I’m kinda dying to do it.
I love all of the moulding details, particularly the stepped mantel and subtle picture frame detailing above. The curtains were also done in a similar hue, which makes to whole room flow well and feel a little softer. Imagine the drapes in white… it would be a completely different effect!
The Den was done in Benjamin Moore’s Lead Gray.
My monitor is showing this color to be much more gray than the pictures would indicate.
Of course its always better to get a real paint sample.
Another fabulous den is that of Erin Williamson. Her stunning home was recently featured in Bungalow magazine. (See the whole spread here- page 99) Her teal-hued formal living room/ play room has long been fave of mine. I love the pairing of the leopard (cheetah?) rug with the teal walls and her fabulous art and lighting collection.
Erin also did the her bookshelves in high gloss in the same color as her walls. They add just enough intrigue without being too loud.
I enjoy seeing how the foyer blends well with the living room while having its own distinct vibe. Art is such a great way to tie spaces together.
Erin’s walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dark Harbor.
It looks like its a little green and a little blue.
I’ll be running out later today to test out both swatches.
Stay tuned to see how DM Loungey Playroom turns out.