How to Get the Blues – the Essential Shade for 2017

It’s that time of year when the design curious wonder what Dulux have deigned the colour for the next year. Last year, the soft harvest golds and coral were a delight for those who like comfort with a touch of luxury.

This year they’ve gone in a totally different direction and named ‘Denim Drift’, a sophisticated muted blue that is as adaptable as it is timeless (find out more here: With a base note of grey (grey lovers check out our article on the new hue) it can be used easily in a classical scheme with period details or in a beach-side retreat against natural materials such as bamboo or tropical prints.

Colour Me Fresh

light blue kitchen

The hue of your window covering alters the way light diffuses through it; this denim shade gives a fresh through fabric vertical blinds.

Reflect it Back

Blue Coloured Dining Room

A large expanse of colour such as this window covering appears more integrated when mirrored in a similar shade and scale by the rug.


neutral tablecloths and napkins

Natural fibres lend themselves to this hue, with the washed out denim feel. Look for accessories such as oversize tablecloths or napkins; as an added bonus the creases compliment the informal feel.

Transparently Flexible

Blue Powerview Blinds

Night and day blinds allow you to measure the amount of light you filter and change up the intensity of the colour to suit the time of day; the deeper blue is richer for a dinner setting versus the pretty pale light of the sheer morning blinds.

Use It as a Neutral

living room blue blinds

With its grey base, blue can be used as a more striking way to keep a muted scheme interesting than relying on beiges and creams.


grey blue sitting room

The woven quality of these blinds stops them from looking blocky and breaks up plain modern walls. It also allows dappled shapes from trees to bring the relaxing harmony of the outside in.

Works with Pattern

blue accessories

The colour blue is a great backdrop to enliven with everything graphic pattern, ticking or blousy florals as it manages to give them a laid back surfer edge. If you want to keep it to solids, use yellow as a highlight or some pretty contrasting copper in cushion piping or door handles.

Like our tips for decorating with the colour blue? For more ways to use the colour in your latest interior design, look at our Duette®Shades range.


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