Shopping inspiration: Indulge in moody winter blues

December 31, 2013

In this darkest time of the year, it’s tempting to want to hibernate. The holidays are ov er, New Year’s debris is swept away and Christmas trees are starting to dry up and wilt. So use this opportunity to make your home a warm, cozy place to indulge in some indoor reflection, with moody colors, rich fabrics and a bit of luxury.

We asked local designers for their advice on incorporating our favorite winter shades — deep, dark indigo, navy and midnight blue — without getting too dreary. They spoke of dramatic blue-black lacquered walls, sensual velvets and elegant linen drapes. But they warned against going overboard: Go dark with paint or decor, not both, or your winter haven could start looking more like a cave.

“One of my favorite colors is midnight blue,” Arlington designer Michael Roberson says of that blue-black shade one can find in tuxedos. She likes paint colors Baritone and Espionage, by C2, or Newport, which is more of a navy.

The trick with dark paints, says Silver Spring designer Iantha Carley , is to use a shinier finish to reflect light. You can have your walls lacquered — a fairly intensive project best suited for a professional, both designers said — or use a non-glossy paint and add a water-based polyurethane finish. “It can be very dramatic,” says Carley, who recommends Hague Blue and Black Blue by Farrow & Ball.

If paint is too much of a project, test the waters with deep blue fabrics, furniture and accessories. Grab a cup of tea and a blanket, and check out some of our favorites.


A beautiful old Persian rug with blues and reds could be the starting place for a room that incorporates deep, moody blues, says designer Michael Roberson. This room gets a nice, strong dose of Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue paint. (Farrow & Ball)

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Kendra Nichols is the editor of Local Living.
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