Every year Pantone release their ‘Colour of the Year’ and so far, we haven’t been very lucky. Bright purples and sharp coral pinks have blessed our screens but not our daily lives at NW3 Interiors. So it’s about time there was a colour we DO love. And what better way to start the new decade than with a classic blue. One of our all time faves and a regular feature in our projects, this calming yet powerful blue colour is one we factor in frequently.

Pantone Classic Blue


The colour blue has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate. So it’s not surprising that blue is a frequently used colour in homes and places of tranquility. Associated with calming elements such as the ocean and the sky, it can be used to promote feelings of serenity anywhere in the home.

In Our Showroom

We used Farrow & Balls ‘Stiffkey Blue’ in the hallway at NW3 Interiors showroom. It gives the feeling of being submerged at the bottom of the ocean. A deep blue surround warmed by golden accents and warm lighting. Additional natural aspects have been added in details, such as painted white birds, sheepskin and plants. Everyone always comments on the elegance of the space and we would have to agree.


Hallway - NW3 Interiors Showroom - North London Interior Design

Hallway - NW3 Interiors Showroom


In Our Projects

No colour’s popularity has endured like blue has. It can be warm or cool and is consistently soothing and refreshing. But today’s blue rooms are more than just relaxing; they’re daring, bold spaces where the colour is explored and used to create depth and interest. Take our Primrose Hill House Project for example. A classic period home in the heart of Primrose Hill and yet the whole space feels like a different world right from the first step through the front door. A sweeping wall of blue guides you into the open plan space. A mixture of blue hues and warm woods transport to a contemporary meets midcentury haven.

Interior Designer in North London - Belsize Park, Hamstead, Primrose Hill and Camden


Online Presence

We’ve seen the use of blue become really popular and even though it’s Pantones Colour of the Year 2020. We feel it might have been influence by the surge in blue kitchens that have overwhelmed our social media platforms including instagram and Pinterest. This was likely a revolt against the ominous grey interiors that everyone was accustomed to seeing so frequently. It was as though the every single kitchen designer in the world met one morning and decided that they were absolutely not going to use ANY colour but a classic blue in 2019. But I mean, can we blame them?

Blue kitchen design


How We Style It

Although it is a calming colour, dark blue is often associated with sadness, so it can be tricky to incorporate into a home. If doing so, remember to balance out the colour with warm tones that add a homely effect rather than making a space feel cold. You can pair it with warm woods such as oak and walnut. Or combine it with powerful metallics such as brass and copper. As well as incorporating lighter elements such as salt or calacatta marble.

Blue Mood Board NW3


Will you be incorporating blue into your home this year?

Love, NW3 x