Whether in classic navy form or punchy turquoise, shades of blue excel in bringing cool and calm to a space. Traditionally associated with boys’ rooms, blue has (thankfully) extended to all corners of the home, from the colorful kitchen cabinet to a textured shaggy rug. My all time favorite use of blue in the home though has to be through the striking statement wall – and it’s this showstopping design element that inspires my first ‘who wore it better’.
In this feature, I’m taking one design trend as styled by two different designers to discover – you guessed it – which room ‘wore’ it better. Keep scrolling for more.
The Miami Penthouse
Designed By: Jean-Louis Deniot
Overall Aesthetic: Art Deco with a Brutalist twist
When you think of the interior of a luxury Miami penthouse, I bet the last thing you expect to see is a heavy Brutalist aesthetic. Yet that’s exactly what lies behind the doors of this South Beach hideaway. Here, a blue statement wall works to soften the impact of the thick industrial concrete, bringing a cool-toned elegance to the space that’s reminiscent of the sea. I especially love how different shades of blue in differing textures have been layered against the wall to create depth and dimension. Overall, it transforms this statement from being a basic canvas of pretty color to something far more complex.
The Australian Farmhouse
Designed By: Sisalla
Overall Aesthetic: Modern Farmhouse
For a simpler take on the blue statement wall, look no further than this charming barn-style space. Here, a wood paneled navy wall dominates this bright and breezy family living room. Don’t think that simpler means inferior. In lieu of complex layers, this wall boasts a rich bold hue which leaves a strong visual impact, especially when set against a neutral backdrop. The addition of windows is a clever design detail, breaking up the monotone color. I like how they frame the outdoors, almost like an art piece – I can’t think of a more appropriate finishing touch for a rustic family abode.
Who Wore It Better?
Given that both rooms are undeniably beautiful, this one’s going to have to come down to personal taste. And given my love for all things rustic, I’m going to have to give this to Sisalla’s Australian Farmhouse. As much as I love the intricacy of Deniot’s Miami Penthouse design, Sisalla’s interpretation packs more of a punch – a must for a statement wall. I appreciate the overall impact much more – and my soft spot for that crisp navy blue probably helps too!
Which room do you think wore it better?