Moody Blue Dens

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.

blue millwork den meredith heron

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.

blue millwork detail meredith heron

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!

blue den meredith heron

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.

ben moore 2131-30 lead gray

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.

dark teal study erin-williamson

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.

blue den erin williamson

Erin’s walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dark Harbor.

It looks like its a little green and a little blue.

dark harbor

I’ll be running out later today to test out both swatches.

Stay tuned to see how DM Loungey Playroom turns out.

  1. Nancy

    These are some of my favorite colors as well , wonderful inspiration images! I’m going to check out Dark Harbor as I’m looking to change my teal foyer into more saturated dark color! Have a great day! xo Nancy

  2. Ashley

    I love our moody blue den (I opted for BM’s “Gentleman’s Gray”) and love the cocoon feeling that resulted from painting all the trim out (mantel included) in the same color.

    Meredith’s den is just perfect!

    • Naomi

      Yes, your den is gorgeous, Ashley! I will have to feature that in another post :)

  3. Deep Teals are a favorite for me this year. Dark Harbor is a beautiful paint color that looks so rich on the wall. Love what Erin did with the color in her living space.

  4. Megan

    Ha, I was going to ask why you didnt include Ashley’s den but it looks like she already posted a comment about the color choice in her den! I’m planning on doing a moody blue nursery so i need to find the perfect color ASAP. Thanks.

  5. amanda

    Thanks for the great inspiration photos…I’ve been thinking about painting our guest room in one of these darker, grayish blues, and also love BM Vanderberg Blue., which I saw in an old issue of House Beautiful.

  6. Leah

    I used King’s Canyon by Clark and Kensington recently in a client’s north-facing den, and it made the space so cozy and moody. Totally Teal by Glidden is another great deep teal, which I used in my own hallway (which gets absolutely no light!); it vibrates and looks so rich.

    • Naomi

      Thanks for the suggestions, Leah!

  7. Halli

    I’ve been looking to re-do our master bedroom and have fallen for palettes that my husband is not as crazy about. The blue/gray would be a perfect mix of our styles while I could still mix it up a bit with feminine lines and bits of pink! Thanks for the post!!

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