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Tangled Up In Blue


Cobalt blue may be having a moment - in both interiors and fashion - but the hue has a rich history. Cobalt is silvery-blue metal in its raw form, and was used in Chinese porcelain and Babylon ceramic glazes because of the vibrant color created when fired. Throughout art history, blue was considered a color for divinity and royalty - from the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs to paintings of the Virgin Mary cloaked in a blue robe - establishing the color as representative of the spiritual and metaphysical.


Mask of King Tut


French artist Yves Klein altered the course of Western art with his monochromatic blue paintings, ultimately registering the cobalt hue International Klein Blue (IKB).


Yves Klein's "Le Buffle" Photo: Nathan King/Alamy.


I love seeing how different designers are weaving it into spaces - whether it's through tile, paint, or a small accessory like a light fixture (as seen in our Harrison St project). It's a fun way to bring a bold pop of color, yet it feels timeless as opposed to trendy. Check out some of my favorite interior applications below - I hope you'll be inspired to bring this hue into your home or wardrobe!

Cobalt blue backsplash zellige tile in kitchen


Cobalt blue geometric sideboard

Kennedy Nolan Architects. Photography Derek Swalwell


Retro dining sideboard styled with cobalt blue lamp designed by Sun Soul Style Interiors

Design: Sun Soul Style Interiors // Styling: Fiorita Grant Studio // Photography: Sen Creative


Cobalt blue art with noguchi lamp in the Ace Hotel Kyoto designed by Commune

Ace Hotel Kyoto. Designed by Kengo Kuma at Commune


Cobalt blue velvet sofa

Hearth Architecture. Photography by Lauren Bamford & Emily Weaving


Retro checkerboard tile in bright bathroom designed by Sun Soul Style Interiors

Design: Sun Soul Style Interiors // Styling: California Casa // Photography: Sen Creative



Cobalt blue ceiling in bedroom with plywood walls

Pierre Jeanneret chair with blue legs in midcentury office

Cobalt blue floating vanity

Designed by Halleroed. Photography by Erik Undéhn

Cobalt blue cabinetry in home office designed by Sun Soul Style Interiors

Design: Sun Soul Style Interiors // Styling: California Casa // Photography: Sen Creative



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