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Decorating with Royal Blue

Royal Blue’s enduring design appeal isn’t by chance — this deep hue adds an instant dose of cool sophistication no matter what room it’s used in. The colour is daring yet accessible; it’s bold enough to make a statement in a room, yet classic enough that you won’t tire of it within a few years. Whether you’re looking to coat your walls in Royal Blue or want to use it as an accent to invigorate a space, draw inspiration from our use of it across our model homes in Breslau, ON; Houston, TX and Alpharetta, GA.


Versatility is everything when it comes to decorating, as accent pieces are often shuffled around a room to reflect changes in season or decor preferences. Royal Blue’s adaptability means that it can be used to bring a variety of design styles to life, from playful throw pillows that cozy up Lago Mar’s nautical-inspired living room to Chinoiserie vases that add a dash of daintiness to Harlow’s formal dining area.


Design Tip: If you’re unsure about introducing colour to your home, start by incorporating decorative accents to see how it looks in a room. Colours found in nature, including greens and blues, are among the most livable.

Shop the look of the Lago Mar living room: 1. Handwoven Natural Deep Indigo Ombre Cushion Cover by Maitritextiles, Etsy. 2. 23″ Indigo Stripes Mudcloth Pillow with Down-Alternative Insert, CB2.

Shop the look of Harlow’s dining area: 1. Otsego Ming Era Porcelain Floral Globular Table Vase by Charlton Home, Wayfair. 2. 3-Piece Kitchen Canister Set by World Menagerie, Wayfair.

Royal Blue as the Accent Colour

Royal Blue tones down well, which is why it’s a top pick for an accent colour. Draw inspiration from our Lago Mar master bedroom and Riverland family room and pair it with neutrals including grey, ivory, white and beige to keep it from feeling too overwhelming.

Shop the look of Lago Mar’s master bedroom: 1. Watercolor Blue Vintage Octopus Art Print by South Pacific Prints, Society6. 2. Fontaine Blue Cotton Quilts and Pillow Shams, Crate & Barrel.

Shop the look of Riverland’s family room: 1. The Hill-Side Disintegrated Blue Floral Rug, CB2. 2. Barcode Soft Touch Throw, West Elm.

Royal Blue as the Hero Hue

Used boldly as a cabinet and door colour, Royal Blue energizes the Lago Mar kitchen and Reserve at Spring Lakes bathroom, playing up the coastal look in the kitchen and punching up the monochromatic colour scheme in the bathroom, respectively. If you’re thinking of splashing a few drops of this inky hue on your own cabinets, don’t hesitate — Royal Blue complements almost any design style, is easy to mix-and-match with, and helps bring rooms to life.

Royal Blue used on the Lago Mar kitchen island. 

Deep blue cabinets punch up the Reserve at Spring Lakes bathroom. 

Paint Inspiration

Royal Blue as a Statement

If painted cabinetry isn’t enough to satisfy your love of this hue, then don’t shy away from using it to completely transform a room. Take a cue from our Harlow model home in Alpharetta and turn eyes upward with a coat of Royal Blue on the ceiling, or turn an often drab space, like the bathroom, into one that makes a statement by painting the entire room blue for a cocooning and dramatic look.

Perfect pairings: Brass and blue work well together, with brass offering contrast and warmth to blue’s cool tone. 

Royal Blue pops against crisp white trim in Harlow’s powder room.

In the Bixton model home, Royal Blue makes a passthrough between rooms a statement space in its own right.



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