We all know that the COTY (color of the year) in 2015, is Marsala. It’s been dissected, debated and dissed causing quite a firestorm on social media. I’m on the fence as you know, and I probably would have chosen something a little different. Like blue. A deep rich blue, like the depths of the Indian Ocean, but, unfortunately, no one asked. So instead I’ve decided its TACOTY (The Ace Color of the Year), and it’s going to be hot. At least it will be at Casa B., the design lab. Yes, we have agreed to redo another room for a brand that we will be collaborating with. So this is where blue is going to take a starring role. I dream of blue bookcases, and I’ve been accumulating a lot of evidence. All to sway the opinion of Mr. B., and I think that I’ve armed myself with some spectacular examples of why our bookcases should be painted blue. In fact, I once had a clients man-cave painted deep indigo blue, we kept the bookcases a “sagey” green, and added some tartan plaid Ralph Lauren carpet. Even though I’m not a traditionalist I can honestly say I loved that space. As a designer (on hiatus for the Blog), I would say that there is a sub-conscious desire to give our clients elements that we secretly wish we had in our home. It’s true. Looking back, I can say that I lived a portion of my dreams in each space I designed.
As a designer, I would say there is a sub-conscious desire to give our clients certain elements that we secretly wish we had in our own home.”
– Vicki Gladle Bolick
So back to the client with the indigo walls, his wife happened to be a librarian and had the books in alphabetical order. I didn’t know that until after I styled the shelves. Yes, with my designer’s eye I decided to arrange them by color and height, hiding her husband’s college memorabilia & peanuts behind the books so by the time they returned home the shelves look pretty amazing. Unfortunately, as I said she had all those books in alphabetical order, needless to say, they had a great sense of humour. Lesson learned, “ask first, arrange later.” On a side note,: I did help to put them back in their original order.
The wall colour in my former clients home is something that we’ve used a bit in Casa B., but I want to incorporate it in a big way. So with navy as a trend colour this year (did it ever go away?), I foresee it making an appearance in our home. Seriously, blue is the new black. I’m positively obsessed, and since I have committed to make-over another room in our home, I’m going to use it. Except I’m using a new philosophy at Casa B., “Paint first, ask later.” Have you ever heard a husband say, “I’m not in love with that colour, so I’m going paint over it this weekend.” In fact, they would rather live with our design mistakes then take the time to correct it. Am I right? So if you love something, just do it. Our new motto for 2015.
When I show you some positively stunning examples of blue bookcases, I’m sure you’ll agree that Indigo is the only way to go.
Designer/ Glenn Gissler Design
Do I see Marsala paired with Indigo Blue?
Designer/ Danielle Colding via Fynnside Out
Blue with yellow accents the perfect pairing…
Designers/ Eric Cohler & Jennifer Mason
There are a lot of people who try lacquer but none as successfully as this duo.
I know I’m biased when it comes to Thom (we’re from the same hometown), but this room is just “beyond” in blue.
I love gold around my wrist and it’s also absolutely perfect as an accent paired with indigo.
I love the contrast of the well-worn leather books against the deep blue of the bookcase…
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