Sapphire Crystaline Stone via Marble & Granite, Inc.
Anyone lucky enough to have been born in September is no doubt accustomed to being showered in sapphires, the month’s luminous birthstone. The rest of us, however, will have to make do with making our own sapphire-hued luck. Fortunately, it’s a stylish shade that translates well to home decor, a great choice for everything from delicate accent pieces to the full-on transformative powers of a new coat of paint. Here are some of our favorite finds, tips, tricks and trends that will have you livin’ the blues.
GEMSTONE BLUE ZENSATIONS
The colors and the mood of the Zensation by Pantone. Image via Pinterest.
Looking ahead to 2015, a snazzy version of sapphire blue called Surf the Web (Pantone 19-3952) is featured in the PANTONE®VIEW home + interiors color forecast as part of a “thoughtful, meditative” palette called Zensations. This particular shade of blue was selected for its ability to engage the senses visually and then heighten them.
HOUSE OF BLUES
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To show off an interesting architectural detail or showcase some of your favorite décor – or even just to up the gemstone factor of a room – consider creating an accent wall. “An accent wall, with a well-chosen color, can bring into focus areas that would otherwise go unnoticed, or help to maximize the look of your space,” advise the experts at Behr Paint. An accent wall painted sapphire blue would look best either next to walls in a warm orange or with colors close by on the color wheel, including deep navy or breezy aqua. And be picky about the specific shade(s) you do select. “Blue, for example, is not a single color; it has many levels and shades,” the Behr experts continue. “These shades include pure sky blue, deep ocean blue, rich, iridescent peacock blue, and warm turquoise blue. And, within those shades of blue, there are numerous variations depending on the colors added to them.” However, it’s also good to know that you can’t really pick one that’s wrong. “ Any of these blues,” they add, “will make a gorgeous accent color.”
Try: Behr Songbird (S-G-540)
BLUE, BLUE EVERYWHERE
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If you do decide to create an accent wall, a way to maximize your time and investment – and make the space look more cohesive – is to carry the color through to the art, textiles, pillows and rugs. This tribal sapphire-blue and white wool Atlas rug was designed for Surya by Beth Lacefield. An artistic magpie, she collects everything from beads to shells, French manuscripts, design books and vintage textiles and is known for her eclectic, global aesthetic which revels in sophisticated layers of pattern, texture and color.
The Atlas Rug by Beth Lacefield for Surya Collection (ATS-1002) is available at Surya.com.
Image via House Beautiful.
A chic way to decorate with sapphire blue is furniture. For his Miami Beach pad, interior designer Robert Passal selected a striking Fontana Arte glass table and carried the blue hue through to the upholstery, both the couch and the African fabric on the Ressler Importers’ Louis XVI–style chairs. These blues are “so rich and fabulous,” agrees design expert Sara Story, who points out that they’re “perfect when paired with a grey or pink.”
Tip: To try out the trend on your own couch, loveseat or chairs, pick up a few pre-made (and budget-friendly) couch or chair covers. Wayfair has a great selection.
ART OR DECOR?
Photo via Elle Decor.
Who knows. What we do know is that this classic Stone stool designed by Marcel Wanders for Kartell is precious. Made in Italy from batch-dyed polycarbonate with geometrical faceting to reflect light and the sapphire-inspired colors, this petite piece measure just under 18” high.
A stylish alternative to paint is mosaic tile. Be aware, though, that not all glass mosaic-tiles are created equally. Whether the glass was cooled properly during manufacturing matters to how durable the tiles are and resistant to cracking. Corner-cutting also results in telltale striated lines that make it tough to clean the tiles, and can create unsightly “oil slicks” rather than natural and organic iridescence.
Check out Oceanside Glasstile, which recycles former pickle jars, beer bottles and juice containers, upcycling them into tiles both eco and glamorous. These are part of their Iridescent Sapphire palette of Tessera tiles.
How glamorous would your kitchen look with cupboards in a dazzling shade of sapphire? If you do decide to trick them out with paint, choose a finish that is suitably glossy. And instead of messy, oil-based paints and their noxious fumes, consider one of the new waterborne alkyd formulations, like Benjamin Moore’s Advance. It flows on smoothly and evenly, just like an oil paint; however, unlike an oil paint, you can skip the paint thinner and mineral spirits when it comes time for clean up. Like a latex, only soap and water is needed.
To really up the kitchen’y decor flair, invest in a matching sapphire-blue cookwear. Staub is known for their rainbow selection of delicious hues which produce equally delicious dishes (fans include chef Paul Bocuse). Staub is still produced in France and constructed to retain and distribute heat evenly, making for more consistent texture and better taste. It’s also pretty enough to head straight from the stove to the table…and back again, where you should feel free to store it out in the open as part of the sapphire-blue decor.
A colorful countertop alternative to the stark, industrial-chic of granite is a sapphire-blue druzy agate – a stone associated with healing of body and mind. After being quarried across the globe, the stones are then handpicked for superior shape, size and color. The end result is like fine jewelry for your kitchen island, your bathroom, your walls, your floors…..
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Enjoy your home!